Aphorisms #5

My trusted old friend, Nikon F2AS

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst”

“Reality offers us such wealths that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify.”

“To take photographs means to recognize-simultaneously and within a fraction of a second-both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.”

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

These are some of the thoughts of the father of modern photojurnalism.


5 thoughts on “Aphorisms #5

  1. You are right Steve, it is about photography. Let me ask you this: What is the focal lenght and aperture size of your favorite objective? Why? You may select only one lens!

  2. Anybody can tell me which one is the best Nikon 50mm lens to buy for a DSLR (Nikon D200)?
    I have an old 50mm f2 MF lens as you see on the photo.

  3. Yes, I searched the internet and the available info is just overwhelming. Do we really need an F1.4 lens in the digital age? If yes, which one would you chose for a Nikon D200? Nikon 85mm or 50mm, Voigtlander 58mm, etc? Manual or autofocus?

    1. Selective focus, narrow DOF, isolation of subject, 3D effect
    2. Bokeh
    3. Low light and night photography

    1. Expensive
    2. Bulky, heavy
    3. Sharp focusing is very challenging

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