|Past and Present - Ireland, 2007|
If Ansel Adams had only a cheap "point and shoot" camera his images would still have had power and presence...it was his contemplative eye that framed his photographs...it was his discernment that brought us in to focus on the important elements of the landscape. Adams was a concert pianist as well as master of the photographic medium. He called his negatives his "scores" and his final prints his "performance". I like that analogy. A Chopin piano concerto, poorly performed, would still resonate with a quality of conception that would be unmistakable. Photographs are the same.
So, the next time someone goes on and on about their expensive camera and lenses, be patient and smile sweetly. The proof is not in their camera bags but in the content of their images. When you look at their photographs, do you see the technique first or do they speak to your heart in some way? Remember that when you are on location. Remember that in the final analysis it is the quality of your images content that matters most, not the length or price tag of your lens.