teaching an old lens new tricks
From a post by Kirk Tuck over at The Visual Science Lab:
The idea being that the hand/mind relationship (haptics and all that) predisposes one to work in the same fashion over and over again and only by making a conscious attempt to change the tools will you change the construct and the paradigm that keeps you slavishly locked into the same subconscious fabrications.
The psycho therapist had to get off the phone at that point. You see, we’d been talking about the really cool f2 zoom lenses for the Olympus E system and he wanted to go play with them right away.
It’s true, when I start playing with a new lens or camera it brings me fresh vision, and inspiration to go out and shoot things in a different way.
I’m thinking about how to balance that up with the premise that when you are ‘at one’ with your equipment to the extent that you don’t have to think about how to use it, you can get on with the stuff that comes from deeper down.
How can I get the best of both worlds? How can I use the ability to work away without having to think about operating the tools to my advantage, but not get stuck in the rut that sometimes comes with using a particular lens or camera? Is there anything else you can do to kickstart your mind, whilst using the same tools?