My Inspirations

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Your Inspiration theme set by Patti.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of the back to basics inspiration I have been working with for some time.

A few of years ago I got tired of the auto everything aspect of modern camera equipment. I was inspired to put together a small kit of manual focus prime lenses. That kit allowed me to shoot digital the way I shot film as a photography student all those years ago.

Then, a little over two years ago I had an accident which left me with a damaged right humorous and limited movement in the right shoulder.

As a result I needed a smaller and lighter kit. That resulted in me getting a small mirrorless camera and three small manual focus prime lenses. That kit fits in a small Domke F-10 JD camera bag. By far the smallest camera bag I have used over the past 40 years.

That was my go to kit for a year and a half while I had physiotherapy and built up the strength and range of motion in my right arm and shoulder.

In the past six months I have added a couple more lenses to the kit. As a result my back to basics kit now requires a medium sized Domke F-6 camera bag. That bag is slightly smaller than the Tenba P595 Pro Pak I was using 40 years ago.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

Portrait of a Coneflower also known as Echinacea. Part of an ongoing project photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. In this case the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1, a fast portrait lens.

2021:Pastel colours in the clouds

Clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise. Two inspirations here. A three minute live composite exposure, a technique I started experimenting with a year or so ago. I used the new TTArtisan 7.5mm fisheye lens, the latest addition to my back to basics kit.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: In the Trees

Intentional camera movement of trees on the South Bruce Peninsula in early summer. A continuation of my experiments with intentional camera movement. Taken with the TTArtisan 17mm lens, a recent addition to my back to basics kit.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night

Star trails and shooting stars over Colpoy’s Bay, White Cloud Island and the Niagara Escarpment on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. An early experiment with the live composite feature of an Olympus camera. Taken with the Samyang 12mm lens, one of the original three lenses in my lightweight mirrorless kit.

12 replies on “My Inspirations”

Hi, David. Your post is truly inspiring and your photos are gorgeous. I’ve been trying to figure out my next photo challenge. Back to basics is a wonderful idea! It really shows us the benefits and limitations of shooting prime.

Thanks John. Two of the photos were taken with the Olympus and two with the Sony a6000 also in the tags. The manual focus lenses are all m4/3 mount to fit the Olympus but a simple adapter allows me to use them on the Sony.

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