Back when the world was sane, students would occasionally fight late-night Nerf wars in academic buildings. Sometimes a shot would go astray and not be recovered, only to be found much later by a nosy photographer.
Last week I carried my Nikon with me instead of my Fuji, and just to switch things up I used my ultra-wide instead of my normal lens. The experience strongly reinforced the received wisdom about wide-angle lenses: their function is to exaggerate perspective and emphasize something in the foreground, in this case, Mr. Skateboard. Using the ultra-wide also forces me to get in closer to my subject, and I’m often afraid to do so even when it will make a better picture. Gear doesn’t make you a better photographer, but accepting the limitations of a defined set of gear can push you to try different, and sometimes better, things.
In my college days, someone posted a graph on the wall of the ACM student chapter office which purported to show when and how much of both regular and diet Mountain Dew one should consume for maximum stimulant effectiveness while programming. I suppose CS students still drink Mountain Dew, but to my mind, nothing beats a good cup of coffee when you’ve been up all night and your homework still doesn’t compile. The young lady above would seem to agree. 🙂
I seem to have developed the habit of photographing bicyclists as I wait for the bus after work. It’s certainly more convenient that it used to be since Urbana created bike lanes on the whole length of Goodwin Avenue through campus, and on a sunny afternoon one can get really dramatic results, especially with a simulated red filter in post.