Moment of reflection

2009, Photography

Upcoming Saturday this blog will celebrate its two year’s anniversary. It went from 619 views in the first full month to 20,606 views in the previous month. It was certainly something I had not expected. Posting photographs was for me the most important reason to start my blog, but I realize too that camera centric posts do get the most traffic. And I have mentioned before that I do have a love-hate relationship with gear.

Yes, gear is what we need to use to capture light, to take photographs. But paying too much attention to gear, in particular new and so-called better gear, is at times worthless too I think. So I personally don’t try to focus so much on the newest gear for my own photography, although I occasionally post about new gear too. My focus is more on what works for me and my photography.

So while I have been able to photograph with pretty recent cameras in the last two years like the Ricoh GX200 and the GRDIII, my personal set of cameras has gone older almost intentionally. My dSLR is now an older Canon 10D which I use only with legacy lenses, and I just swapped my Ricoh GX200 for a GRDI.

The dSLR for longer focal length work with shallower depth of field and available light photography, and the small sensor cameras for wide angle photography with huge depth of field. For me that makes sense. I am still interested though in a smaller camera body with a large sensor. Therefore I look forward to next week when I will be able to try one the more revolutionary cameras on the market. To be continued……

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma


19 thoughts on “Moment of reflection

  1. So a happy birthday to your blog on Saturday! It has always been a pleasure to see your photos and read your thoughts, so I hope this blog will be around for many years to come!

  2. “Therefore I look forward to next week when I will be able to try one the more revolutionary cameras on the market. To be continued……”

    The 3D Fuji camera? The Nikon projector camera? The Samsung with the LCD on the front? All truely revolutionary… 😉

    Well I assume (and hoping) it’s the new Ricoh system, but would settle for one of the Micro Four Thirds brothers. Although apart from the costs involved, would personally be more interested in the GRX. My feeling is, I don’t see much point in something that’s a bit smaller (EP1 etc) than a DSLR but still quite large. The Ricoh stands out more to me as they are making it as small as possible.

    BTW, great second photo 🙂

    Oh, and congratulations on your blog reaching two years. I’m a recent reader of it but I can honestly say its my favourite site.


  3. Hello Wouter,

    all the best for you and your interesting blog!

    I own an old Ricoh GX (5MP) and my lovely Oly E-400.

    Not the hippest gear, but…

    With best wishes, titus

  4. Wouter,
    Congratulations on the success of your blog! No surprise. It’s valuable to a lot of people.
    For example, I’m really enjoying the GRDIII. Your information was very helpful in that decision. Also, very pleased with Lightroom 3 beta.

  5. Congratulations Wouter ! , you have both the ability to write well and clear and also to take good pictures !

    I´m so bad at writing , specially in english , that I decided just to take pictures …

    keep up the good work !

  6. Hello Wouter:

    Congratulations for the 2 years anniversary. You swapped ur Ricoh GX200 for a GRDI? I was thinking to sell GRD1 and get a gx2oo. ^^ Anyway, what’s the secret camera u mentioned? Pretty curious.

    Best Wishes

  7. Congratulations on approaching two years! I really like your photographs and you have great insight into the mechanical side of photography. I’ll make sure to keep on following it!

  8. Wouter, congrats on two years of photo blogging!

    I just recently discovered your blog and must say it has opened my eyes to the possibilities of small sensor camera’s (especially the Ricoh’s), but also to the fact that it’s not about gear. Sometimes, I almost forget that in this age of yearly upgrades of camera bodies, new lenses with new types of image stabilisation, etc., etc… 😉

    So keep writing this refreshing photoblog. And mroe importantly, keep shooting great photos!

    1. Thank you Roel and thank you all for your comments and coming back to my blog.

      Gear is only a part of photography. And every camera is capable of taking fantastic photographs.

  9. Gear. Tools. Same thing. But no tool is particularly useful unless it’s in the hand of someone who knows how to use it.

    Those of us who follow you are grateful for your abilities, not for your gear.

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