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.

Sunlit doorway in at the end of an alley in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

 

After talking about this a bit, and a quick scroll through my Instagram feed I saw that he was right.

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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.

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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.

 

 

12 thoughts on “When You Take Your Camera Everywhere

    1. Yes, exactly. I notice that I not only look more closely, I see the light – literally. I don’t just see an object or some scenery, I notice the way the light and shadow play across it.

      Now with my new camera I’m able to capture it as I see it. Of course I had always carried my iPhone with me everywhere, but I never felt it was a tool for “serious” photography. Though thats not to say serious photography can’t be accomplished with an iPhone, or any other smart phone considering how good the cameras are.

  1. I like them, Jeff. Although my main camera is “only” an Apple 5s, taking it everywhere has allowed me to take zillions of shots I would normally miss by not having my Nikon in my purse. 🙂 There’s much to be said for that.

    janet

    1. There’s nothing wrong with “only” a 5S. Considering how most images are consumed these days, and how good the cameras are(even in an older model iPhone), that iPhone of yours is more than capable of helping you make great photos. Since it is you as the photographer and not the camera that makes the photos.

  2. As many readers of yours, I’m happy to witness this change in your photography, although I wouldn’t really call it a change rather than another perspective. You’re right in saying that you have new and more opportunities with this new camera that you can take everywhere with you.
    The difference between you and me (who also have my camera in my bag with me most of the time), is that you keep looking and seeing when I suddenly feel I might have gone blind… I see the beauty, don’t get me wrong, I just stopped clicking and I don’t know why…
    When I see your pictures, they give me the jist I might have been waiting for and make me want to click again…

    Happy wandering around and snapping unexpected daily moments!

    1. I think you’re right, it is more of an expansion in subject matter more than an actual change. It certainly wasn’t intentional whatever you want to call it.

      I hope this has motivated you to get back out there taking pictures. I have enjoyed the challenge of seeing new things and trying to find the photograph, if that makes any sense. I can’t really put my finger on it, all I know is that there is something about the new camera that has put a lot more joy back into photography. That’s not to say I lost my love of making photographs, it’s just that there’s something about the Fujifilm camera that makes me not want to leave the house without it.

      Now get back out there, I look forward to seeing the results 🙂

    1. Thank you Frank. I drive by this abandoned house every day going to and from work. One day I couldn’t resist anymore, so I pulled in the driveway and wandered around the yard for a while. I keep meaning to go back too.

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