2017 Inspirations – Photography

As things change for me in 2017 – well, as I do new stuff, or restart old stuff – I’m hoping/intending/planning to write more about it here on D4D as well, along with things about what’s driving those choices.  So there’s a new subject/category to cover it all.  And this is where it all starts.

As long-term readers know, I was into photography for a long time, did pretty well at it, and even ended up taking a course while I was in Norfolk in order to better understand what the hell I was trying to do.

But since Norfolk and Suffolk, I’ve been doing a lot less photography. Some of that is due to my mobile phone, where the pixel count is higher than the SLR I still have. It’s also about faff – lugging an SLR around for the day (particularly when doing anything else, like one of my idiotically long walks) is a hefty job anyway, and it’s simply never ready for a quick photo. Using the SLR is a much bigger commitment in many ways, and over the last four years, I really haven’t been making that commitment.

This year, I want to change that, and do more where I actually go out with the SLR, with the intention of taking photos.

The first real inspiration for that has been this story on the BBC, of Dean Saunderson’s photos of a deserted Nottingham on Christmas morning. It’s something that works for me, having been to many places at ungodly-o’clock, and seeing them with very few people around. Oxford, for example, is beautiful at 5am on a summer Sunday morning – and the same applies for many other cities. So this is a theme/topic/idea I could get into, and will probably have a few goes at over this year.

We’ll see at the end of the year how I do on these inspirations. It’s going to be a year where I (hopefully) figure out more about the things I want to continue doing, and which ones I’ll be happier to leave by the wayside in order to do other things.

3 Comments on “2017 Inspirations – Photography”

  1. Gordon says:

    You thought about changing the tech? Drop the bulky SLR (sell it?) and go for a mirrorless camera?

    Seen some great stuff with Fuji X-T2… http://www.iand.net

  2. Lyle says:

    I’ve thought about it – but for now, I’ll stick with the bulky SLR. If it’s something I opt for not continuing past 2017, there’s no point in chucking £x00 at it first!

    Seriously, I’ll see how I do with the old gear. No point selling it – it’s an EOS20D, so we’re looking at something… ten-plus years old (having just looked back on D4D, I got it in Oct 2005, so 11-ish years ago) which just wouldn’t get much any more. If I still do turn out some decent stuff this year, I might look at an upgrade, but we’ll see.

  3. Lyle says:

    Interestingly, I’ve also today come across my old Flickr page, which has inspired me rather more.

    Now if only Flickr and Yahoo weren’t such withering piles of foetid shite…

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