So I've been working my arse off trying to master photography, working on things like composition, lighting, mood and so on. Turns out Ive been wasting my time.
Heres how I realised this fact. I got a photo in my messages from a group of which I am a member. It was a great shot of the Natural Arch in Springbrook, Queensland, Australia. A place I am pretty familiar with. As I often do I visited the photographers gallery to check out other pics. There was one that caught my eye, a mini tute on why to use a tripod. Two photos of the moon, one hand held at high ISO, big aperture and really fast shutter speed, the other on tripod at ISO 100 and slow speed. Well you can guess which one was sharper.
The thing that caught my eye was a comment that ran something like " Why the extreme shutter speed? A good amateur photographer can hand hold at 1/20 sec. with a 50mm so with the 500mm 1/200 sec. should be reasonable". Well I had always assumed that the standard was 1/focal length. So with a 500mm a speed of 1/500 sec. would be about right. Now this ignores facts like the distance from the camera accentuating any shake and that he was using a camera with an APS-C sensor magnifying the apparent focal length.
Now in my youth I could hand hold my OM1 with 50 mm. Zuiko at 1/15 sec. but now that I am 66 those days are long gone and I admit I like (and sometimes need) the superb IS on my lens. Lucky I also take photos that demand a tripod a lot of the time.
The point is that the implication is that the person commenting was a "good amateur photographer". Imagine my disappointment on realising that all the things I had been doing were pointless and that the measure of a good photographer was the ability to hold a camera steady.
For fucks sake if you're going to comment on something get the facts straight and try and not appear to be an ignorant, know it all areshole.
Sorry for the rant, my beautiful wife and soul mate is into her third week in hospital with Leukaemia and my fuckwit tolerance is at an all time low just now.
Listening to: Pink
Reading: The war of the flowers