When I look at my old photos and compare them with recent shots, I have the temptation to think, “Man, I’m getting really good!” It is true that practice-makes-perfect and we become more proficient by shooting every day. Our photos also improve as we learn our equipment. But is all my improvement simply because “I’m so good”? Sometimes I have to pop my ego and say: probably not!
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been able to buy new and better equipment. The modern cameras and lenses are absolutely phenomenal! The technology and manufacturing is like nothing we've seen in the past.
Years ago, I would never have dreamed of the autofocus grabbing so quickly on a dragonfly… but the modern DSLR can do it! ...In the past, who would think you could hand-hold a 600mm telephoto lens and get a sharp image of an insect… but the modern image-stabilizing lenses can do it! ...Only a few years ago, who would think an image at ISO 8000 would be relatively noise free? But the modern DSLR can do it!
So, I have to knock my pride down a few notches and give credit where credit is due. Maybe the full credit for beautiful shots isn’t my doing. Much of the credit may go to our Amazing Equipment!
Photo credits: William Wise.
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