In Hamburg, late autumn light can be great even at mid-day, when you catch it parallel to a surface. Then, shining through the fog, it is piercingly bright.
I’ve been inspired by this article on The Online Photographer (TOP) which outlines an excercise to use one camera and one lens for one year. The underlined letters, excluding the link, give the tag ‘topcoloy’.
The camera in question is my Pentax K5, the lens is the Pentax-DA 1:2.8 35mm macro limited. Paper has yet to be decided, but I do like Hahnemuehle Photo Rag, esp. the 308 g/m2 version.
I’ve been keen to try this for several reasons:
- It will keep my barely covered gear lust under control. I won’t need to buy any lenses, or even think about it. This is somewhat more than banal as my favourite lens broke and I decided not to have it repaired for a 4th time. Instead, I will have a chance to bond more fully with my 35 mm lens.
- I need to do quite a lot of product and related photography for our cafe. By setting myself a goal of 3-5 min photography every day, I should be able to at least get that done.
- I haven’t done much printing and this is a good opportunity.
- I recently had a hard drive failure combined with a back up failure, losing about 25% of my archive. By having some prints, I hope to further back up my work.
- It seems like fun.
Jennifer, my wife, has also decided to do this. She’ll be using a different camera.
While we will officially start tomorrow, I thought I had better get in some practise. It being Sunday, I thought of ham and eggs. I the end, I settled on some pears. (It’s rainy here, but the soft light coming in the window seems pretty.)
One welcome thing I have noted already is that I looked a lot harder while shooting today.