Limit yourself

On August 16, 2012 by Simon Fleming

On a recent weekend houseboat trip with my family I decided to limit myself, photographically speaking. 

I have done this trip a number of times in the past and used almost every piece of gear I own at one stage or another during it – long lenses, super wides, small flash, studio strobes… the works. I had taken my usual 20+ kg of gear “just in case” – yes it’s a sickness – but I decided to limit myself to using just my iPhone, and if I really felt I had to get my DSLR out I would only use a straight 50mm on it. Don’t  know why this decision was made – it certainly wasn’t planned otherwise I would have saved my back and left a ton of gear at home. I guess I started taking a couple of opportune snaps with my iPhone and decided that it felt nice going super simple for a change, and the plan was conceived. 

I can’t say I didn’t get weird twitching sensations every now and again when I thought I heard my stash of gear calling out to me “Simon, Simon, come play with us too”. It was not easy. I couldn’t sleep, I got cold sweats in front of the heater. Even my beer started to taste funny. After I realised these happenings were just in my mind I got down to business, and just enjoyed going back to basics. Even going for square crops – something I’m not used to or prone to doing was fun, and made me think carefully when composing to allow for it.

None of the images I shot are destined for fame or big prints but that was never the goal in this case – I just wanted to have fun, challenge myself, and use just the bare basics to shoot with. Except for the first three images everything thing else was shot with my iPhone, and processed within the iPhone – using either Instagram or Snapseed, or a combination of both.

Sometimes it’s just good to ‘reset’ yourself photographically – remove the technicals for a bit to reveal the fundamentals that lie beneath. Or maybe it’s just a case of “I just can’t be bothered with all the big boys toys today” – who knows….


One Response to “Limit yourself”

  • Leaving my D3s home? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
    Joke aside while I still carry “the Beast” with me taking snaps with my 4s proved quite satisfying indeed. I should do that more… thanks for posting this. Sometimes snaps are the best stuff around 🙂

    Cheers mate!

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