I’m in Pensacola, Florida. This dune was in Galveston, Texas. I’m a few days behind on importing new images.
Woke up early this morning and went walking with my camera, tripod and a thermos of coffee to shoot the lagoon in the morning mist. I was churning something over in my mind and it struck me as something that might be worth sharing.
Don’t allow yourself to be seduced by your subject matter. A beautiful scene isn’t necessarily a beautiful photograph.
Don’t allow yourself to be seduced by how hard you worked to get that photograph. You can climb Everest and still make a photograph that illicits only apathy.
Don’t allow yourself to be seduced by the gear you made the photograph with. Your new 24 megapixel camera or 600mm lens wonn’t make it a great photograph, they just create the potential for filling a really big frame with stuff that didn’t look great at 80, 200, or 400mm.
Instead allow yourself to be seduced by, and fall in love with the light, the moment, and the geometry of the frame. Fall in love with those things, and then work hard with the gear you have, be it an iPhone or Leica, to show us something beautiful (or unjust or funny or ironic or…)