Wildlife photography, for me at least, isn’t really about the images I come home with. More and more, my favorite parts are the quiet in-between moments in nature while out on these trips.
In general, having switched to full-frame camera gear recently, I'd say that the biggest differences I've found are that:
I'm much less likely to "miss" a shot for purely technical reasons (e.g. missed focus, blurry shot, blown highlights/blocked shadows, too noisy)
The images are marginally sharper, larger, and usually require very little processing to get to where I want them
The camera gear does a much better job at just getting out of the way and letting me focus on the image I'm trying to capture
If we were to rethink how we consume media (social media, news, podcasts, magazines, etc.) and customize the platforms and content to fit our needs, what might that look like?
What do you like/dislike about the media platforms you currently use?
Who would you regularly want to hear from?
What kind of stuff do you want to see/read/hear?
Do you want someone else to curate it for you or do you want to pick the individual creators you follow yourself? Some of both?
Would there be ads? If not, how much would you be willing to pay for the content?
Online? In print? Some of both?
Is there any way to move closer to that?
I want to be more intentional when it comes to composing photographs.
Many of my favorite images have less to do with the subject of the photograph and more to do with the light and composition (arrangement of shapes) in the frame. I think this is where photography can become more artistic, beyond simply recording a moment experienced or a scene seen.
Recently, I can't get enough of Sean Tucker's street photography. The way he makes geometry and tonal contrasts the main subject of an image regularly astounds me—it's so different from how I typically approach photography. I often find myself looking at his images with a bit of jealousy, wishing I had the creative "eye" to see how he sees. Perhaps a little bit of it can be learned though?
15 days ago exactly, my plane touched down in Lima. It feels like such a long time ago, but at the same time I can’t believe I’ve already been here for 2 weeks. One of those paradoxes that everyone knows so well and deserves a name of its own. But I digress.
A fourth of my brief time in Lima already behind me, I couldn’t help but reflect on these first few weeks south of the equator on my commute home from work today. So, how am I enjoying Lima? For the first week, my answer would have been remarkably unpredictable.