Happy Thursday. A short blog today as I have a really early meeting this morning and then a late meeting this evening. I have to leave at Zero Dark Thirty Hours to make my meeting but I’ll be on time as long at the deer leave me alone. 🙂 Yesterday I was coming through the little town of Welton, Iowa. I remember when highway 61 went through the middle of town. In my previous life I had to go to Davenport about once a week and I always managed to stop at this Dairy Treat and have a cone. They had wonderful soft and hard ice cream cones.
The roof is all caved in now and the brush and foliage is starting to take over the building. When I drove by it I saw a black and white image in my mind so I pulled over and walked back to grab the shot. I was half expecting someone to question me about what I was doing or why was I taking a picture of this building but no one did.
Since I was processing in black and white today I took another look at some of the macro images I shot Tuesday evening. I didn’t like them much in color but when I finished them off in black and white I found them more appealing. I was reading a blog yesterday and the writer (a well-known photographer) said that in this digital age we have gotten to hung up on the cameras, lens, and other equipment. His comment was the when you distill photography down to its basic level it is nothing more than a camera, lens and light. Obviously there is more to the image than that. You have to have a subject that is compelling or interesting.
He had hung up his digital SLR and had gone back to an old 8 X 10 box camera. One camera, one lens and the light. At $20 per shot he is thinking through his shots more carefully now and is paying attention to the basics. He felt that DSLR photography has promoted sloppy work by some photographers.
Certainly one opinion. I keep coming back to my 365 project. Is it helping or hurting my photography. The debate rages on inside my feeble mind. Stay tuned.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your Thursday. For those of us who have to work it is one day closer to the weekend, which for me happens to be a 4 day weekend this time. 🙂 Be careful.