Monday, October 29, 2007

Big Decisions

Deciding what clothes to take and packing the suitcase is easy compared to figuring out which photography equipment to take on a trip. If you are traveling by air, you are pretty limited but in the car you could take it all....if you want to carry it around. Now with digital photography you must be sure that you have batteries, charger, computer, card reader and an alternative storage device besides the camera stuff. But part of the process of deciding which equipment to take is also thinking about what you will be seeing and how you want to photograph it. So packing up is a good process for getting ready to photograph.

I should know me well enough by now to know that I don't like carrying extra equipment with me during the day and I don't like changing lenses in the field. I say that even though I've realized that, at least for me, there doesn't seem to be a "perfect" lens. I always wish that the lens on the camera was faster or focused closer or had a wider angle of view or was more telephoto. It is some kind of rule that the lens I wish I had is back home or back in the hotel room because I didn't carry it all with me.

You'll see in the assortment above that there are two Holgas as well as film and tape to try to stop light leaks with that camera. If I decide to Holga (pretend Holga is a verb) all of those concerns about lenses are gone. There aren't more possibilities. It is what it is. There is no wishing, no changing lenses. You just work with what you've got. Maybe since some of the background noise about other possibilities is eliminated, I stay focused on what is possible in the here and now.

Or I can add to my confusion and take both digital camera and Holga. Or have a split personality with the Holga lens cap for the digital camera.


Babs said...

I Know this is radical and blasphemy but why not just take clothes and not take photos.......just live in the moment and see the sights? Ok, don't yell at me!

Caimán said...

I totally agree.

Billie said...

This idea doesn't compute. I would have to enter a 12-step program for recoverning photographers. I don't think I can "see" without a camera.

John W said...

Hmmm... A 12-step program for recovering photographers. I wonder if I need one yet. Naahh. I can handle it.

I have this huge Tenba backpack that'll take an assortment of lenses and bodies and other junk, plus a tripod and a 15" laptop computer. How's it workin' for me? Well, it whacks out my 66-year-old back, usually sits in my hotel room along with something I wish I had with me in the field 'cause it's too darn heavy for a day of sightseeing, and is packed with a whole bunch of stuff I don't wind up using.

I figure there's no real solution to this problem.

(Leave my camera home? Unthinkable!)