I don’t branch out much with photography. I think I take the same photo of dogwood flowers, the same photo of lilac flowers, and the same photo of salvia every year. I use the same lens on the same subjects. I did shoot in the soft evening light the other day and was really pleased with how it illuminated my tulips and columbine.
I want to branch out with photography. When I was young and less self-conscious about portraiture, I took some photographs I was proud of. It helped that I had willing friends to go out shooting with me. Now I’m shy of getting my camera out and photographing people. I’d like to get better at it, but I’m not ready for that yet.
I’ve got a couple of other places to start. First, I can work on being patient for good light. This is really the secret to photography. Also, it is hard. I am not patient.
Second, I’m eager to try a different perspective. We’re going to Iceland at the end of the month, land of landscapes, so I want to try a wide angle lens. I bought one, and it arrived while I was away last week. I finally took it today for a test run in our back yard. I still took standard shots with my 35mm lens, but I was excited to play with my new 16mm. I could capture the whole garden while standing nearly in the garden, and I particularly like trying to focus on something in the foreground while still being able to capture a wide angle background. I need a lot more practice, but I’m having fun.
And of course I took tried and true shots with the 35mm lens.