I often feel disinclined to pick up the camera and just go shooting for the fun of it. That’s a problem.
I’m self-employed and could easily manage to be out and about during morning or evening magic hour. Yet I spend many of the best hours of the day glued to this computer, trying to figure out how to stay self-employed. (Hint: you should buy my book).
One reason I rarely grab a camera when I’m going for a walk: About 18 months ago, I impulsively sold my favorite “walking around” lens, a 60mm micro-Nikkor. I really liked that lens, which I bought many, many years ago at Del’s Camera in Santa Barbara. Out and about, I like to photograph colors and textures, and the macro lens (which Nikon mysteriously calls “micro”) gave me lots of flexibility. I could move in close on an insect, or step back and make a portrait.
Why did I sell the lens? I’m gonna go with temporary insanity. Several of my oldest lenses were developing cracks in the mounts. The 60 wasn’t, but I got rid of all of them, just in case. I should be wearing a hat with bells on it.
But really, there’s no excuse for not having fun with my hobby. I’ve got lots of cool gear and unlimited “film,” not like when I was twelve years old with a basic camera, a 50mm lens, and enough money each week to buy or process a roll of film, but not enough for both. Yet I took pictures every day.
I looked through the last six months’ files and found only a handful of shots made for myself. Hopefully, the needs of this blog will inspire me to get out and shoot something other than theater and dance assignments. Wish me luck.