In the world of art and photography, we see a lot of amazing interpretations, whether on canvas or made with a camera. There are endless tools and ways to interpret any scene or subject. The first part of the process is to have something interesting in front of you. This means that you need to have your eyes and minds wide open and be tuned into noticing what draws your attention – from the big pictures to the small details. Then, be ready to make the choices that will capture what you see and feel. Sometimes, it’s very easy – other times not so much.
You make decisions in photography such as which lens you want to use or what you can do with the lens in your hand as well as what settings you need to have executed your visual plan. Sometimes, you have exactly what you need. Other times, not. I lean more toward choosing what lens to carry based on the situation in general AND how much I am willing to lug, tote or drag around based on the “what if” theory (sometimes called the FOMO – fear of missing out). Oh, no, what if I need the lens or accessories I didn’t bring??? It happens. Oh, well, I have to make what I have with me work or shift my ideas to something that will situationally work better.
Typically, I will have my Nikon 28-300mm lens on the camera for versatility, and I’ll have the Canon 500D close-up lens (diopter) so that I can get closer to subjects in the field. The lens focuses closer than most, and adding the diopter is often enough. Yes, I can “crop it later,” but if I can do the work and get what I want in camera, in the moment, it works better for me. Do I crop? Absolutely! That said, I also almost always have a Lensbaby or two in my bag or pocket along with macro filters. They work so well to express my vision. These simple tools make my load much easier to manage.