Vita Rara: A Life Uncommon

The Photographic Muse


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In 2003 I purchased a Canon Digital Rebel 300D. I took thousands of photos. It mostly revolved around landscape photography while I was traveling. I'd purchased a BMW R1100RT prior to getting the camera and they really went hand in hand. Travel, take pictures, ride amazing places... lather, rinse, repeat.

Lately though I haven't taken many photos. The last time I think I used the camera was in May while we were in Torrey, UT. It was an amazing trip, and I took some amazing photos. Problem is since then I haven't. I've lacked the time, the inspiration, and the subjects.

My photographic style has developed over the past three years. I started out with a wide angle lens shooting out west, which is a very target rich environment. I've joked that you could put the camera on auto, throw it up in the air and half the photos would be good. My next subject was dancing, Lindy Hop and tango. This brought me to the world of people. I purchased 50mm and 85mm lenses. These have done amazing things for my shooting. They are fast, sharp, and challenging to use.

Dancing brought me to people. People have been a new wonderful addition to my photographic life. My issue is I don't just go out and take random photos of people. Most of my people photography has been related to events, both public, like dance events and motorcycle get togethers, and family stuff.

Lately though Sylva and I have been so busy with life and work that I haven't had the opportunity to get out there and take photos. I'm really feeling the itch. I need to get out there. I hear the Muse calling. Our family summer picnic is today. Hopefully everyone won't mind the guy with the camera taking pictures. Here's hoping.