If you’re a regular here you may have noticed I’m pretty fond of numbers and stats, like the activity this blog sees.
My daily routine of yoga/exercise/gratitude is packed with numbers like a Snickers is with peanuts, clocking how many press ups and squats and sun salutations I complete, amongst other things.
And with photography, I like to know what aperture I’m using, which focal length (especially with a zoom lens) and sometimes have a kind of reversed snobbery towards the number of MegaPixels my camera’s sensor boasts (usually 10 or less).
But sometimes I get tired of the numbers.
I think because my day job has been very busy lately, where numbers and performance is fairly closely tracked, I’m just weary of measuring everything.
Sometimes with my exercises, I just do as many press ups as I can before it hurts too much, then have a rest, and repeat.
And sometimes my camera choice drifts away from a hugely adjustable DSLR to a simple point and shoot like the Lumix XS1, which is very cleverly optimised to be the ultimate pocket sketchbook camera.
Power up, compose, focus, shoot. Bliss!
As the seasons turn, my camera choice usually does too, led primarily by the fact I want to shoot more b/w, and whilst my favourite colour cameras are DSLRs, my favourite b/w ones are compacts.
But these compacts seem to fit my prevailing mood too, and that yearning to let go of the numbers a little, and just enjoy the not knowing.
How about you? Which numbers matter to you in photography (if any)?
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