Photography is a wonderful hobby which gives us all the opportunity to have some fun, share our view of the world with other people and – if we can – learn something about our world by seeing it in new ways.
As someone for whom photography is life, keeping sharp and keeping inspired is often the biggest challenge. Once a month my ‘mojo’ will disappear and I have developed various ways of getting it back. One is to put all my prime-lenses in a circle on the floor, spin a bottle and shoot for a day or a week with the lens that was picked.
Another is to take my local neighbourhood – something I have walked through thousands of times – and that prime lens, put them together and shoot only in the ‘one square kilometer’ around our house.
If I can still create interesting pictures from somewhere which is so familiar to me, that is usually excercise enough to keep my eyes sharp. Plus, even though I have walked the neighbourhood a thousand times, this approach can often lead to me seeing new stuff. Or, the same stuff with new eyes.
Give this ‘One Square Kilometer Around My House’ project a go this week, with the following paremeters:
1. Your area is the 1sq km around your house. Or, a max of ten city blocks in a square around your house.
2. Use just a prime lens. Or if you don’t have one, set a zoom in one place and stay there for all your shots.
3. No more than 24 shots and no deleting: one ‘roll of film’, basically.
Here are a few I took yesterday: Nikon D300 | Nikkor 75-150mm set at 150mm [225mm equivalent on DX crop]: click each for a larger one…..