With these two new lenses I have to get to know better (check my blogs on Samyang and Carl Zeiss), apart from the kit lenses I already have, then add most of the basic stuff I need to know about photography, it's sometimes overwhelming. Or perhaps confusing.
One of the most frustrating experience is when I see something that I thought would be a great scene. I grab my camera, probably take a random shot, review the shot on my screen, reset whatever needs to be reset, then shoot again. It should have been simple, right? Wrong. Lens and camera does not work as good as human eyes and brain (respectively), and that fact hasn't sunk-in deeply in me.
|Against the Golden Hour|
When I saw this scene, I loved how some light struck some parts, and the shadows simply evoke mystery. But all I get is a silhouette.
But that's the technical part.
Simply put: "It's always a matter of taste." But that's easier said than done. There's a reason why photographers... or let's just say, "I" in particular... post pictures online. To share it to people in hopes they'll give praise. Which means, in most cases, it's not about pleasing myself. It's more about appealing to the masses. But what if my taste in media is just different from the rest of my circle?
There are times when I put much thought into a shoot and it gets ignored. Most of these pictures I put my heart and soul, because it is my taste. I do everything I can to make it technically correct, then I adjust to make it look interesting to those who can't understand. But as a whole, it's one of those images that make me glad I got a camera. But despite all that passion, people went even give a second look.
And then come the images I just shoot randomly. Pictures I take without emotions. Sometimes pictures I take because I know my friends will like it. All of them not for me. These are the photographs I take for granted. Just point, set the camera and lens, click, then monde along. No thought process, no emotions. Strangely enough, it's mostly those images that get noticed. Friends like and comment on Facebook. Some of them even try to make interpretations, even go further as to include emotions, tones, and what not. It amuses me whenever I get this.
Everything I shoot right now is pretty much hit or miss. Nevertheless, it keeps my hobby interesting. For now, I think it's not a matter of taste. It's more a matter of choice. To please other people, or to please myself. It's always one or the other since my circle of friends simply have a different preference than mine. A picture may make me happy, personally. But then it breaks my heart when posted online and just gets ignored.
Note: The images posted here are all taken from my two new lenses. But the article is about all the pictures I've taken and posted from the start.