While going through some old files I found some Nikon 1 ducks in flight images from almost 3 years ago that I had not processed. So, I spent a bit of time going back through these photographs and processing them so I could share them with readers… and let my mind wander a bit.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
At a time when many photographers seem fixated on sensor size and the number of pixels that their cameras have, it is easy to forget that our camera gear is only a means to an end. Every piece of camera gear comes with its own advantages and challenges.
When it comes to bird photography what is most important for many of us is being able to capture some interesting moments, and having a lot of fun doing so.
It is certainly true that many advancements have been made with camera and lens technology. And, some of it makes it very tempting to open up our wallets.
I used my Nikon 1 kit exclusively for four years for both my client work and personal needs before I bought some new camera gear. And I’ve never regretted that decision to open my wallet.
Even though there is a new ‘wow’ camera on the horizon I doubt that I will be tempted in the least to open up my wallet again any time soon. I love what I own and plan to use it for many years to come.
After almost 3 years I’m still learning how to use my “new” camera gear effectively. Perhaps I’m a slow learner… I do have an old, porous brain. 🙂 Or maybe I just love pushing myself and my gear to see what will happen. As was the case with my Nikon 1 kit, I am often surprised with the results, especially when online pundits claim certain outcomes are not possible.
No doubt there are many features and technologies that can add dimensions to our photography. The key is being willing to take the time to learn how to use those features and technologies fully. Over the years I’ve observed many folks spending a lot of money moving from one new system to another before they’ve fully explored what they currently own.
There is a major camera industry event scheduled this month and no doubt a lot of new equipment will be launched with a great amount of fanfare and hype.
The goal of much of that marketing is to sow the seeds of discontentment in what we currently own. A fundamental question we can ask ourselves is whether our money will be well spent with new gear.
Or, would it be better to spend some of our hard earned cash on other types of imaging experiences like photography related travel adventures?
Each of us has our own photographic priorities and passions. The gear that we use should always make a positive contribution towards them… not get in the way.
Buying new gear can give us a rush of excitement. Unfortunately that can soon fade when the credit card bill arrives. Or, if we discover that the new bells and whistles on that new gear haven’t magically made us better photographers.
Some of us derive pleasure and satisfaction from owning the latest camera gear… whether we actually use it very much or not. Those are personal choices that each of us make. As long as we get what we want from our camera gear investments it doesn’t really matter. It all boils down to understanding ourselves and our personal motivations.
Those of us who love photography may be addicted to capturing those special moments when we’ve been at the right place… at the right time… with the right gear for our needs.
Capturing special moments before they slip away is at the heart of our photographic passions. They are wonderful moments that we can relive every time we view some of our images. Like these Nikon 1 ducks in flight images from 2019.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Crops are indicated. Photographs were resized for web use. This is the 1,131 article published on this website since its original inception in 2015.
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