Just about the time I delude myself into thinking I’m an OK photographer, I stumble across someone who is doing truly great things. One such person is Flickr photographer Johnny Blood. I am amazed at the quality, clarity, color, and composition he is able to achieve.
One of the most incredible things is his abilty to capture these images of everyday objects. Can you say "photo envy"?
Invariably, thoughts such as, "If I only had a better camera" or "If I only had better lenses" run through my head. Unfortunately, Flickr has a new tool which will allow you to search by camera. Now I can browse every image on Flickr that was taken using a Nikon D50. From what I’ve seen, this clearly blows away any idea that a better camera might improve my shots. I still might have to spring for better lenses at some point.
I also like to keep track of what local Flickr photographers are doing. Metaltoad has developed a new Flickr KML feed for Google Earth. Another local D50 user that has been geotagging her shots is Lucid Nightmare. Once again, her colors just seem more vivid that what I’ve been able to achieve. I don’t know if it’s post-processing, or what. I guess I’ll just have to keep learning.