I choose the camera, the camera chooses the photos.....
You know the thing about the tail wagging the dog? Well, I've often thought that there was something akin to that involved in choice of cameras. I have about a dozen models which a use on a regular basis and really have no idea how I actually choose which one to bring out with me each day. They're like children and while I try not to show favoritism, I do have ones I tend to pick more often. What factors dictate which model today? The many factors are added into one big equation - where I'm going, weight of the camera, what the weather is like, fixed or zoom lens, battery level, how much space I have in my shoulder bag, if I intend picking up shopping on the way home and, all importantly, my mood. An almost instant number crunching happens and I pop one in my bag. The choice of camera then absolutely dictates what kinds of photos I take that day. Shooting down Gardiner Street on my bike, if I see something which interests me, I'll only stop if I know the camera I have will do the job - otherwise I keep going and make a note to myself to come back another day with a different lens (I almost always forget!). I find it interesting, later, when I look through material on my Mac, that I can immediately tell which camera any particular photo was taken with.
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