After yesterday’s long, rambling post about autofocus, I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet. Rather than talking about specific aspects of gear, I want to talk about how the excitement about new gear can be a positive thing. In most cases, the high you get from a new camera or lens is very temporary and not worth the investment (weird thing to say on day three of a series about my new camera, right?). But the positive spin of new gear is that it can help you get out of a creative rut. Taking on personal projects is another (less expensive) way to push you through your creative resistance.
These “30 Days with…” challenges thus provide me with a double dose of creative medicine. The new camera is exciting and fun to play with, and I find myself just wanting to go out and shoot everything. And the fact that I’ve committed to sharing an image every day for the next month prevents me from flaking out when I have an off day. This format attacks the problem of resistance from two perspectives: inspiration and discipline.
This very weird parking lot scene that’s the subject of today’s image is something that I’ve walked by many times. Every time I walk by it I think that I should make an image of it, but there’s always some reason not to. Maybe I don’t have my camera or maybe the lighting isn’t right. But a new camera and a challenge like this is a perfect excuse to stop procrastinating and just make the image.