|Clearing Clouds Over Cummings Mountain - Stallion Springs, California|
So my family and I went for a short walk through my neighborhood in the evening just before sunset, and I brought my new camera with me. Multiple times on this outing I saw a potential photograph but needed a focal length longer than 100mm to capture the vision in my mind.
At first I was disappointed. Maybe it was a mistake to get rid of my DSLR. I would have been able to capture these photographs if I had my old camera and not the RX100 II.
|Evening Bicycle Ride - Stallion Springs, California|
I decided that I needed to pay attention to what I could capture and not what I couldn't. I needed to adjust how I was seeing and interpreting the scene. And once I did that, my eyes were opened to things that I was overlooking.
Limitations in photography are good. It helps to focus your creative mind. It helps to narrow down the possibilities. It forces you to think about things differently. "Embracing the limitation can actually drive creativity," said artist Phil Hanson. "We need to first be limited in order to become limitless."
Orson Welles put it this way: "The absence of limitations is the enemy of art."
|Brush In The Rocks - Stallion Springs, California|
Being limited by something isn't bad. In fact, in art, it's good. It will make your photographs better. It will make your photographic voice stronger. It makes the image's nonverbal communication more concise.
Not having that long telephoto zoom is to my benefit. Not having an interchangeable lens is a good thing. Not having the "best" gear makes my photographs better. The fact is that I need more limitations, not fewer.
Besides, I need to have some contentment with my gear. Photography is never about the gear, it's about the photograph. So it makes no sense to be constantly chasing new cameras. That's G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), and having G.A.S. can be painful. Embracing the limitations of my gear helps me to be content with what I have so that I'm not wasting my time thinking about the gear that I don't have but wish I had. That's time squandered.