Time to move on? Street? Macro?

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Montanawildlives Contributing Member • Posts: 540
Re: Time to move on? Street? Macro?

David Lumsden wrote:

I’ve been watching “Hostile Planet” on Nat Geo, and, honestly, folks, what is the point of trudging out into the nearest woodlot to track the wily and elusive vole when these guys can put a half a dozen pros into the field with equipment-cameras, lenses, drivers, drones, helicopters, satellite imaging, for God’s sake,-for weeks on end with a Lotto-winner budget and end up with hundreds and hundreds of frames of the elusive snow leopard or an enraged male lion in full charge?

Seriously, you could pull just about any single frame at random from the footage in this series and end up with a better wildlife still image than any us could ever hope to take.

So, what’s the point? Why spend $3K+ on a 500mm lens when there’s a guy shooting the same scene from a satellite 150 miles up?

I agree that the replies are thoughtful and reasonable.  However, what is missing is a bit of commiseration!  YES, it can be frustrating to spend all day planning, executing, and editing photos only to realize that they are objectively lacking compared to those produced by individuals with unlimited budges, special governmental location access permissions, and state-of-the-art, well-funded, cutting edge gear and technique.

One example for me is Milky Way photography.  You start with single shot, non-dedicated lens (e.g., some f4 wide zoom) shot and you think that's pretty sweet!  Then you compare it to someone using stacked, panoramic, tracked, sensor-cooled techniques who happened to be standing at the foot of Mt. Fuji and...well it can be disappointing to say the least and as you noted one might think....what's the point?

It is a constant struggle to do something different...unique...meaningful.

But like Sisyphus pushing his boulder up the mountain, knowing all the time that it will roll back down and we'll have to start all over again, we must carry on.  We persevere.  We accept our place in the world, the utter futility of all that we do, and we pick up the camera and go try to do something.

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