photography resolutions

I recently decided two things:

1) I’m going to start bringing my camera (DSLR) with me more places. I decided this for several reasons; one being that you really never know when something might come along worth photographing. And if I had a dollar for every time I said to myself “Damn, I wish I had my camera”… well, let’s just say that I’d have a lot of dollars. The second reason is that I’ve noticed that people don’t really bring cameras places now. Because camera phones have advanced to where some can rival a 1/2 way decent point & shoot; what’s the point, why not just use your phone? And to top it off, with apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic, why bother with trying to deal with editing later. But I think that’s unfortunate. I think there’s going to be a whole generation of kids pissed off at their parents that the only photos from their childhood were taken on an iPhone. Same goes for memories with friends and family. Related to this, I also hope to make more photo albums. My experience with the Sylvia Paret Found Photo Album project has really given me a new appreciation for them!

2) I decided that I’m going to leave my 35mm prime lens on my camera 90% of the time when toting it around as mentioned above. One obvious benefit from this is the weight; the 35mm is my lightest lens. But also, I thought it would be a fun challenge b/c with a fixed lens, you have to move around a lot more. Another reason is the it’s a “fast” lens (f/1.8), so I think it will be more versatile in varying (and unknown) lighting situations.

Last night was my first time adhering to my new “photography resolutions”, so I wanted to post the results. My parents are in town and staying with some friends, so I went over there this evening to have dinner with them. My Dad grilled some awesome steaks, and we had a great time sitting out on the patio enjoying a few cold beverages.

Grill Grilled Steak

Obviously, I didn’t take this one; my Dad did. I’m on the phone with my youngest brother, who just finished his first semester at FSU!

Claire Colbert

And this is Oni; he really wanted my steak….

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And this last photo isn’t (technically speaking) a great photograph, but this is what I meant by the low light capabilities of the prime lenses. It was pretty much completely dark outside by this point, and the only real light source is behind my Dad with a little bit of light coming from inside, so this was taken at about 6400 ISO at f/1.8 and 1/60 of a second. And I actually really love the grainy look…

Bulldog Photograph

That’s all from tonight. Looking forward to continuing my resolutions and seeing what comes of it!

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