Recently it’s been brought to my attention by a friend and fellow photographer that my photography has changed a bit.
Not so much in what I photograph, I’m still primarily a landscape photographer, the difference my friend noticed was in what else I’ve been photographing.
After talking about this a bit, and a quick scroll through my Instagram feed I saw that he was right.
These new types of images weren’t the result of any conscious decision on my part to make a change in the direction or subject matter I was taking my photography, nevertheless they were there. Scrolling through my Instagram still showed plenty of the landscape images those of you kind enough to subscribe to this blog or follow me on Instagram know me for, now however, interspersed among the sunrises and sunsets, the autumn foliage and snowy mountains, were images with a more urban, architectural, or “street” feel to them.
Thinking about this I soon realized why, as well a when this change started to take place.
Looking back it has been just over a year since I switched from Canon to Fuji(stay tuned, coming soon a more in-depth article on my first year using Fujifilm), and since acquiring my Fujifilm X-T2 last October I take my camera pretty much everywhere, something I rarely did with the big heavy Canon DSLR.
What having my camera with me more often than not has done has been to open my eyes to possibilities. Be it a sunlit door at the end of an alley, or a young lady enjoying a glass of wine at a local wine bar, I no longer see it, possibly briefly thinking “this would make a good photograph,” and walk on, now I’m actually able to take that photograph while the thought is still fresh in my head.
As big. heavy, and not so much fun to lug around as my 5D MkIII was, the X-T2 is a joy to carry. It’s small size and weight makes me almost forget it’s slung over my shoulder. No longer do I wish I just left the darn thing home, now I can’t imagine going anywhere without it.
Different or not, I’m thankful for the images I’m able to capture as a result.