Knowing and Not Knowing


There’s a lot to know about when taking photographs.  It’s a lot easier than it used to be, but there’s still sharpness and unsharpness to contend with and the best combinations of shutter speed and ISO for maximum quality.

I shot transparency film in 35mm and 4×5 for a number of years so I consider myself pretty knowledgeable making images of good technical quality.

This knowing sometimes extends to how to make photographs as art, i.e. subject matter, how to compose, expose, and process it.  Go online and there is no lack of “pros” wanting to tell you how to take great photographs.

I ignore most of that, but I find I get stuck in my own supposed knowing.

Most mornings I walk my dog Gracie, then I go out and take photographs.  Depending on the time of year these actions may be reversed.  Depending on the time of year I’ll also go to certain locations expecting to make certain kinds of photos.

Sometimes my expectations are fulfilled but just as often they are not and knowing what kind of images to make gets thrown out the window.

More and more, these are the times that I hope for.  Without a script, I’m forced to just look at things and allow myself to be moved.

I’m always amazed with what I find to photograph under these circumstances and how the photographs turn out. 


~ by danbaumbach on January 8, 2020.

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