Photographic Soul

As a photographer, there is nothing more important than being able to reveal your photographic soul through your images. Sometimes we get caught up in quite meaningless aspects of photography. The amount of money we spend on camera gear. The size of the sensors in our cameras. Our choice of lenses. The software programs we use in post. Comparisons of trivial differences between pieces of kit. While these things may help us create our images, they are not integral parts of our photographic soul.

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Kaka Point, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-800

Our photographic soul is revealed through our choice of subject matter. And, by how we choose to compose our images. The lighting that grabs our attention.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-2000

Our compositions give viewers insights on how we see and interpret the world around us. The emotions of a photographer can be laid bare by the work that they create. Our work can be close up and personal.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 49mm, efov 133mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-3200, 16mm

What attracts our eye… reaches into our photographic soul. We reveal the contrasts we experience in our lives.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 27m, efov 72.9mm, f/5.6, -1.0 step, 1/40, ISO-1600

We can see symbols of restraint and restriction… and the importance of freedom.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 90mm, efov 243mm, f/9, 1/40, ISO-400, 21mm MOVO extension tube used.

Sharing small details can speak volumes about craftsmanship and the pride that people take in their work.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 11.5mm, efov 31.1mm, ISO 800, 1/250, f/6.3

Sometimes we are moved by tragedies in our midst. Of a profound sense of loss.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 22.9mm, efov 61.8mm, f/8, 1/125, ISO-160

To be human is to experience emotions. Sometimes reactive.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 100mm, efov 270mm, f/8, 1/30, ISO-2800, – 0.7 step

At other times deep-seated and ominous.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 234mm, efov 632mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-400

We can see the innocence and promise of youth.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/40, ISO-3200

Or the wisdom that comes with age and experience.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 40.6 mm, efov 109.6 mm, f/8, 1/200, ISO-800, extension tube used

We can share our appreciation for the delicate balances found in nature’s creations.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 100 mm, efov 270 mm, f/5.6, 1/15, ISO-1600

Or in the juxaposition of human creativity.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD zoom @ 24mm, efov 64.8mm f/9, 1/500, ISO-160

We can document how we interact with the world around us and are dwarfed by its power and natural beauty.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 60mm, efov 162mm, f8. 1/320, ISO-160

Finding whimsy and humour may be a part of our photographic soul.

Our interpretations of subjects can venture into abstract realms, that may not be appreciated by others.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 32mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-3200

Capturing the emotions associated with those that have departed can be a celebration of a life that was.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 32mm, efov 86m, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-160

Each day we have the opportunity to see our world differently and share our photographic soul with others.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-800

There is a risk in sharing our work, as others may not see and understand the same meaning in the images we create. At times that may cause us to feel alone with our creations.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 53 mm, efov 143.1 mm, f/5, 1/1600, ISO-1600, extension tube used

Not caring that we are alone is at the core of our creative freedom, and is the gateway to our photographic soul.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-640

Each of us is only here for a very short time. Let all of us have the courage to share our creations without fear or reservation.

Technical Note:

Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Image were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

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