In the last four weeks or so, aside from mostly family snaps with my camera phone, I can count the number of photographs I’ve made with my “proper” cameras on one hand.
Which, for a usually fairly prolific photographer like me, is most unusual.
So what’s going on, and should I be concerned that my photographic mojo forgot to wake me up before it got up and go go’d?
Well, no, I’m not worried. It genuinely feels like I’m entering a new chapter of my photography.
Rather suddenly, I feel like I’m done with exploring new (to me) cameras.
My recent experiments with 4MP digital cameras proved I don’t need anything more than that, and certainly not more than the main 10MP and 12MP digitals I use most.
Also, overcoming my initial disappointments with the Lumix LX3 (aided mostly by foam tape and grip tape in equal measure!) I now really enjoy using it, if not quite as much as my “holy trinity” of the Pentax Q, Ricoh GX100 and Ricoh GRD III.
I don’t need to look any further for digital compacts that make me happy and deliver the goods.
Furthermore, buying my most recent camera, the Lumix GF1, has given me a great option to use my favourite old M42 lenses, which were gathering dust somewhat.
A final purge to sell my last remaining kit, means that bar a few bits and pieces, I’m down to the leanest and most satisfying kit of five cameras I’ve had for about five years.
With family trips and holidays falling recently anyway, it just seemed to fit in with this becoming a period where I ease off, and take a deep breath or two, before resuming with my favoured few.
A side interest in cycling resurfacing after a couple of barren years has also occupied some of my time, both online (researching, learning, window shopping) and offline (actually riding the damn things), that I previously filled with photography in similar ways.
So what’s next?
I have plans this weekend to get out with a camera again, most likely the GF1 with its native 12-32mm lens which has seen barely any action thus far. I’m keen to see how it compares in use with the LX3, as they cover almost exactly the same focal range.
I also want to look at ways of merging these two hobbies a little more, and rather than driving to local churches and favoured rural spots, parking up and wandering from there with cameras, I’m going to try cycling to a few of the nearest ones, chaining my bike up, and wandering instead.
It feels like an exciting new phase, but a reassuringly very calm and simple one. If that makes any sense. I feel relief more than anything, that the searching is done, and the future will be purely about making photos and enjoying those five gems I now have.
How about you, have you reached points in the past where you feel saturated with cameras and photography and have taken a break? How long did it last, and how it work out?
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