Saturday 16th May 2015
Not that long ago I said I was finally getting comfortable with the ‘normal’ field of view, in the same way that after a year of owning an X100 I got comfortable with that camera’s ‘wide normal’ view.
I’m now also feeling a similar thing to what I felt before I caved and bought my X-E1: constraint, and perhaps boredom. Perhaps it’s part of the point of this exercise, to face these feelings and then overcome them, I don’t know. I do know, however, that I’ve been thinking more and more lately about giving in and using the perfectly fine 18 – 55mm zoom, although I realise now I’m conveniently forgetting about how much bigger and heavier it is than the 35mm. I’ve become used to wearing the camera on a neck strap, and the 35 is just light enough for this to be tolerable, but I think the 18 – 55 might be pushing it.
It’s a bit academic anyway, since I don’t intend to actually give in. I want to see where these feelings take me; to see if I can either overcome them, or produce work I’m happy with in spite of them. To be honest, that’s not happened much these past two weeks: I’ve kind of been phoning it in, not even going out to shoot most days. You can probably tell from the pictures, and the lateness of these posts.
Must try harder.