Taking the Long View

Charlestown Harbour, Conrwall. Stitched from 6 pictures using Autopano Giga
Camera: Panasonic DMC-GX8 | Date: 25-09-2016 10:02 | Resolution: 17167 x 3410 | ISO: 400 | Exp. bias: 0 EV | Exp. Time: 1/800s | Aperture: 8.0 | Focal Length: 12.0mm | Location: Charlestown | State/Province: Charlestown, Cornwall | See map

I’m aware that I’m a slightly lazy photographer. I’m not a great one for pre-dawn starts or rushing out the minute the weather changes, and I do tend to walk around with a single zoom lens on my camera making the scene fit the lens rather than rushing to change it every shot. The other thing which can happen is I get "stuck" seeing lots of shots with a similar dynamic, rather than looking for variations.

On our recent trip to Cornwall, I kept on seeing potential panoramas, and made lots of them. A few, like this one, I’m quite pleased with, although others were middling. I took almost no 3D shots. A week later I was in Winkworth Arboretum, and I could only see potential 3D shots, almost nothing else.

This may not be a problem. There are plenty of people who focus their photography on a single subject and style, and try to become the real experts in that, like that German couple (Bernd and Hilla Becher) who just took low-contrast photos of water towers. However I do try to be more diverse, but don’t always succeed. I’m not sure what the cure is, or even whether a cure is strictly necessary. If I’m working on a more formal basis a shot list can help, but I think mainly I just need to spend more time shooting and training my eye to see the shots. Here goes…

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