January 19, 2015

BW photograph of ice formations hanging from a rock ledge.

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

I have been working with normal to wide-angle lenses (50 mm down to 24 mm) and getting close to the subject matter for so long I felt a bit lost when needing to use the longer telephoto (100 mm and longer) lenses.  On a recent trip I saw a photograph to make and did not have near the focal length to do so.  Given that the intended subject was across a (very) wide river, the option of walking closer would have been impossible.  Getting closer would have altered the intended perspective as well.  (Wide-angle lenses excel for photographing from the inside of the scene outward; whereas telephotos work well for photographing from the outside of the scene looking in.)  As a result, a new telephoto lens is in the collection and it is an interesting experience to be out-and-about and re-activating those longer-focal length compositional neurons.

BW photograph of an ice-covered rock with fast water moving past.

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This is also a metaphor for most things in life.  When doing almost anything for long periods of time, it is natural to settle into a comfort zone of perspective-that is, to have fixed way of seeing things.  While this soon becomes quite natural, it is also quite restrictive and tends to place boundaries on points-of-view.  It is only by stepping outside those restraints that growth is again possible, uncomfortable and hesitant though that may be.

While this message of changing perspective is nothing so profound that it cannot be read in any number of places, it is always an interesting sensory experience to feel it.  And that really is the point:  you can talk about and read all you want about change-yet nothing happens until the behaviour comes along and stays for a while.  How many New Year’s resolutions are still intact, eh?

Nothing profound, but very much worth keeping in mind.

Take care.



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