Camera talk and signs of spring

I have a confession to make: I had to buy another Panasonic Lumix (DMC-FZ45) to replace my old camera that broke, just two months after getting my Canon. I just wasn’t getting anywhere with the Canon (although I’m sure the problem is me, rather than the camera). Technically , I can see that the Canon is a far better camera (and far more expensive) and it certainly is easier to focus on it. Although my Canon photos tend to be sharper compared to the Lumix ones, I somehow wasn’t getting the magic with the Canon. All my photos tended to be colder, more analytic somehow. I didn’t like them.

With the Lumix, there’s a certain very subtle and intangible quality to the photos that I find it difficult to describe. The pictures are somehow more luminous, more beautiful, even if technically not as good.

Yesterday I was photographing some signs of spring in the garden, and I was so relieved to find that I could take photos that I like again. Maybe I just don’t like it when things are in sharp focus, maybe I just prefer it when they’re a bit blurry and soft on the edges? Maybe I’ve just really come to like beautiful imperfection..

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