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Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

I enjoy every image I take: I hope you'll enjoy looking at them.
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Sunday is often a comfortable, stay-at-home sort of a day. Depending on the season, a comfy chair in front of the TV, or a comfortable seat in the garden. Itís a comfort zone. So letís talk about our photographic comfort zones, before itís Monday, and we have to start thinking hard again.

It can be a matter of genre: some people are at home with wildlife pictures, creeping about in camouflage waterproofs with a 600mm lens in one pocket and a Jessops collapsible hide in the other. Put them in front of a street scene, and theyíll be looking for a bush to hide in while they observe these strange creatures called Ďoffice workersí (currently on the endangered list). Or a studio worker who wants a portable flash outfit (with modelling lamps and ironed cloth backdrop) for those flower shots.

Maybe itís a camera, for you. You know that you will get sharper pictures from your DSLR, but you are really rather addicted to the fixed-lens compact that you bought for a few snaps around the place, and last time you had a holiday, you muttered to yourself about baggage allowances and just packed it, leaving the gadget bag and all its bounty in the cupboard for two weeks. And you never enjoyed a holiday so much!

Of course, it might be a lens that really floats your boat, and itís this that is probably my own biggest weakness. Over the last few months, Iíve sometimes used an old Nikon with an 18-105mm lens on the front, and Iíve treasured the versatility, and Iíve taken shots I probably wouldnít have tried with my usual camera. ButÖ Even on a sunny day, I feel lost without the differential focus that an 85mm wide-aperture lens offers. I bought my first 85mm lens in 1976, and I still have it and love it for film pictures: but day-to-day itís a Sony f/1.8 that heads through the door on the front of my Alpha 7.

Letís have a comfy day, telling warm tales of what we do that makes us happy with little effort. Iíll have tea with milk and sugar. Now, isnít that nice?


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dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.2k 2063 England
7 Mar 2021 7:14AM
Top: Al Stewart on film (less of a comfort zone for me these days) with an 85mm lens and T-Max P3200: bottom is Charlotte Raven, photographed with the MFT equivalent of an 85mm, the Olympus 45mm f/1.8...
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.8k 92 Norway
7 Mar 2021 9:24AM
Comfort zone or comforter? Sometimes the difference is negligible...

My comfort zone, photographically? Probably in an urban situation, wandering around without a plan, waiting to see something which catches my eye. Have never been one for planning, or having a project, as that means commitment over time, and I am someone who tires quickly of having to think of or deal with the same subject for too long...

And shooting manual, never aperture or shutter priority - apart from when I do (or until a year ago, did) live gig work. Then aperture priority applies, but I never feel totally at ease using it, for some reason. With manual, and the benefits of a WYSIWYG electronic viewfinder (never use the screen, horrible things) I love altering the look of the image before pressing the trigger.

Coffee, a few drops of sugar and a few grains of sugar...
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chase Plus
18 2.6k 684 England
7 Mar 2021 10:53AM
Sometimes it's good to get out of your comfort zone, I am a monkey for not doing that Blush
I have to have something in mind so going out with the camera with no ideas fills me with dread, perhaps I should try it and see what happens.
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cooky Plus
19 7 11 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2021 12:19PM
You've started something again John...that's what a Blogs about though!

Photography wise comfort zone, I find that hard because I love so many different genres and maybe that's my certifiable, butterfly brain! I don't want to be tied down and so if an opportunity or idea pops up, I'll have a go, (maybe the female version of Saltireblue). Maybe fail miserably but I believe, apart from fixed rule shots that happen well, a lot of WOW images are lucky ones. Can you be in your comfort zone flying by the seat of your pants and chucking the rule book out of the window? Probably, if you don't have to earn your living at it and it must irk 'real' professionals that now everyone thinks that they are a professional photographer!

I was talking to Graham - husband and Matthusala on site, about the images poste now. You've been on forever John and must remember when people like Andytvcams started posting lowdown and dark, moody landscapes, until they were accepted, people were saying too dark, too low, we cannot compute! We loved them!

My comfort zone photography place - outside, moor, canal, street as long as I have company.
My comfort zone genre - none both taking and viewing.

I feel that Lockdown has made us all more creative in what we photograph and also made us realise the value of places (like EPZ) to communicate with like minds.

Sunday morning beverage - ground coffee, white. Later a glass of Pinot - just the one!

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20 2.2k 2063 England
7 Mar 2021 2:02PM
Genius is often certifiable, I reckon.

In the past, I've mused a time or two about the idea that a lot of the most creative stuff is the risky work: Whether the risk is technical failure, because you're shooting in low light/bright light/with fast-moving objects; or physical, where the next wave might drown your camera (and you if you're unlucky); or judgmental, as in those dark landscapes, and some erotic images, among many examples.

Often, imposed constraints require creative solutions, and that sparks something...
JuBarney Avatar
JuBarney Plus
12 36 7 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2021 7:07PM
What would we do without a Sunday comfort day!
waltknox Avatar
8 Mar 2021 12:52AM
Good book , tasty beverage ..nice fire and favourite music going .
That fits my Comfort zone. As for shooting ...I really would like to branch out to more floral work and action work with horses ...as I find it a challenge and want to get better at it. Certainly the right environment here on the zine with lots of experienced and helpful
Photographers to go to for advice .
As for cooking ,I need to perfect the art of making
Fluffy Yorkshire pudding's! As opposed to Yorkshire pancakes.

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