I mentioned previously that while at the beach I figured I would shake things up a bit by shooting differently to the way I usually shoot.
When I go out to make photos, I take one camera, one lens (sometimes 24mm, sometimes kit zoom) and that’s it. I even leave the lens cap at home. When I go on vacation I take the lens cap. I don’t even have a camera case. This time when we went to the beach for a week, I decided I would do it the way I used to do it once upon a time. I took my camera, four lenses, a Benbo tripod, a remote shutter release and a camera bag. I even took all the lens caps. I also decided to shake things up with the actual number of shots I would take. Usually, during a one-week holiday I would be lucky to take 40 shots or so. This time I took ten times that number. It got so that a lot of the time I was just shooting randomly just to get the numbers.
After the first outing I immediately remembered why I no longer go out shooting with all the gear. It’s heavy, cumbersome and not exactly conducive to contemplative photography. But I kept at it for most of the times I went out. When I got home I also remembered why I only shoot 40 shots or so per week: post-processing 400 shots is a bitch. However I did find an easy way around that little problem in the form of the delete button though that takes a fair bit of time too.
Anyway in the end I probably ended up with as many keepers as I would have had, had I shot at my usual rate. The photos in the montage above are, for the most part, the rejects. This isn’t to say that I dislike these images, in fact they look ok as a montage I guess but I see this sort of photography (the story telling type) done so much better by others that I prefer to leave it to them.
More importantly it was the process that I didn’t enjoy so much. Always shooting something made me feel like I was actually missing out on something.
Anyway, this trial is over. Never to be repeated. From now on it’s back to one camera and one lens. Sometimes, I’ll take a lens cap too.