Whenever someone commented on my photographs shown during my camera review, I always find it difficult to explain that I was not exactly doing my best when I was shooting for reviews. Whenever there was an end product set in my mind, something to expect, or something to work towards, such as reviewing the new camera or lens, I was not concentrating on making art, I was merely making images that fit the purpose of the review, either to demonstrate certain features, or to show some improvements that the new gear has over its predecessors. As my mind was occupied by these "to do checklist", it was difficult to create photographs which I usually like. I always find this a struggle. Yes, I do enjoy taking new cameras and lenses out to play and test them out, but at the end of the day, photography is something a lot more personal, and it involves the photographer's freedom to express his ideas, messages, or emotions. I have done nothing of that sort for the past few weeks.
I also believe that it is the very "engineering" trait of me to focus on prioritized tasks, and not be distracted by other unrelated activities while working on accomplishing set-out to do objectives. I have come to a point last Saturday, when I was trying out the Color Creator, that it hit me, I should take a break from my long list of checklist of items to shoot for my review, and shoot some photos that I personally wanted to shoot. I was walking on a very fine line here, those photographs that I personally like will not be suitable for use for any of the review entries. I did not have the luxury of time, weekend was short, and I had tonnes and tonnes of things to do. Nevertheless, I decided to make them happen anyway, as I saw the opportunities happen and I just could not help it. Therefore, there is a separate set of small collection of photographs which I am showing here, that I took together with my review entry. One or two photographs may be the same from the review blog but I am processing them differently.
At the end of the day, after playing with any cameras and lenses, ultimately what a photographer wants, is to photograph. And it is always, always important to listen to that photographer self in you, and shoot what you really want to. Those are the photographs that will feed your soul.
At The Market
Pudu Wet Market
Hat and Love