Gear freak or artist?
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12-11-10, 05:24 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: East Dorset
I don't think anyone was criticising anyone or implying anything Cathus, just voicing opinions as requested by the OP as to whether we bought into the art or technology of photography. Personally, I think technology does overtake pure photography but, if someone wants to spend a fortune on the latest camera gear, fine, let them have their fun.
I once spent best part of an afternoon in the Dorset countryside with a newbie tog. He'd taken early retirement and bought himself a new Canon 5D (just after MkI was released) and he had a bagful of L series lenses. Not a clue how to use the things but he'd taken this approach in an effort to make sure he learnt as much as possible to get as much enjoyment as possible from his new hobby and retirement. We had a great afternoon - never seen him before or since, and can't even remember his name, but we both learnt a lot.
The point I was making was some people think they can buy photographic success when it's really kind of inherent - almost in your genes. Yes, you can learn and some people do very well by buying the latest gear but others prefer to use their existing equipment and make images pleasing to them (and hopefully others) knowing the limitations of their camera. The sudden increase in 10-stop ND filters is testament to the 'if I buy something new I can look like a pro' - the waiting list for a Lee Big Stopper is months long.
I am fascinated by technology - I just don't feel the need to buy into every new release. Wouldn't mind borrowing your power tools for a weekend though
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer
. ~ Ansel Adams
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