Looking back at the photos I made this year at Rodeo Austin, I’m struck by how different they’ve become compared to my first visits back nearly ten years ago. I started as an urban landscape photographer with a wide-angle lens and using a tripod. I was going for long exposures and motion blur, especially during blur hour. And, even though I made vibrant blue hour carnival photos this year, they are a far cry from the wide-angle variety I started with.
Whether it’s the tiny DxO ONE camera or the Olympus PEN-F, what I create now are snapshots, without the seriousness and inflexibility of a tripod mounted camera. That said, I like to think my photographs are better composed. I’m not using the word snapshot as a pejorative, but one that means a quick capture of a moment.
What I enjoy doing is quickly finding and recording a moment as I observe the world around me. This is true whether I’m in exotic India or at a carnival in Austin. Having a simple camera with a single prime lens is the way I like to operate.
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