This week I bought a recommend book, “Photography and the Art of Seeing” by Freeman Patterson. The book is about helping you to visualize your shots. It’s reported to have very interesting exercises to help you “see”. Since I’m between DSLR‘s at the moment this is a great time to read the book and give me a chance to work on improving my photography. This week I starting doing “Morning Pages” that is part of Julia Cameron‘s “The Artist’s Way” book and program. What’s interesting is that I’ve been dreaming about photography this week ~ yet another sign of my obsession/passion/addiction ~ what ever it is!
The tropical storm that brought us rain, flooding and a few tornadoes this week, transformed the land from drought to lush in a few days. The transformation is amazing. The grass is growing again and the world is turning green right before my eyes. Once Fall begins to develop here, the extra moisture should provide better Fall colors and you know what that means – click…click…click.
My last piece of Nikon gear sold this week. My camera gear currently consists of my DX3 and my iPhone. Both devices are capable of doing amazing things but in the end nothing comes close to a good DSLR. This is especially evident when trying to shoot subjects that won’t hold still – my dogs! I wanted to do new dog portraits and could not get the DX3 to recycle quick enough to get the shots I wanted.
In changing over to a different camera system, it’s given me pause to examine every aspect of my photography. It’s also made me reevaluate my lens selection many times. I have made lists and read reviews and thought about my requirements. This made me realize that the weakest part of my new kit would be the lens. Typically this is where I cut corners due to cost. Truth is this was where I need to make my biggest investment. This realization sent me back to ponder a better lens to go with the 7D. I had chosen the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f3.5/5.6 IS USM. The lens got great marks for sharpness. But now I’m thinking that the EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS USM will be better. It’s faster, sharper, has L glass qualities and yes of course it’s a lot more expensive. I’m getting close to the final selection, we’ll see what develops!
The photo in today’s post taken with an iPhone 3GS and post-processed with Picasa editing tools.