(To Part I)
I like describing photography cycle as a roller coaster. There are certainly highs, for sure; there’re also the lows. Nevertheless, the process and cycle are continual. The only factor that affects the ‘loop’ is how much time we give to it, that determines how big or how small our loops are.
I can’t tell whether I’m not interested in shooting photos during the day or simply i like the dark sky and city lights. I know my day job prevents me from shooting when there’s daylight. I squeezed time to do a few photo runs at my lunch breaks last week. It’s short and intense. I managed to pull off with shots that I’d never thought of. Last week I even spent 3 lunch breaks just to shoot photos. All in all, it’s good experience. As far as I remember, I could not recall when’s the last time I had a good day shooting during the day apart from my lunch breaks. I’m loving the low ISOs photographs.
So you know my experience with the X2 is almost all happening in the evening. My ISO setting goes as high as 6400 and sometimes even at 12500 when necessary. The key to produce images is not keeping the ISO as low as possible, it’s to keep my images as in focus as possible.
I found traveling out of district not really helping my photography. I may see new places, new things, and that do not directly multiply to my photos. I’d spend less time travel just do what I can near where I work and live. It’s challenging to find my subjects/materials at the same district almost daily. I wander the same park, same streets, same bridges…But then the other photographers had done the same. It’s totally possible to come up with new fresh looks every time. It’s a skill to learn from the masters.