I find I am less patient, less exacting in framing compositions when I am out shooting without my tripod. There is a laissez faire approach when I do not have to go through the process of setting up the gear. So while I may miss some shots because I think the scene is not “good enough” to set up gear for, I take more shots without the tripod.
With the tripod up holding the camera, I take more time inspecting the scene, composing through the viewfinder. Then taking the time to reframe and reshoot as needed. Maybe I am uncomfortable handholding the camera. I am certainly more deliberate and my process of shooting is slowed down when I do not have to hold the camera.
For this photograph, I took two shots, both of the same composition, with the fence post in the center of the horizontal composition. I was much more concerned with placing the post and grass between the dark tree elements in the distant background. Of course, I rarely place a primary element in the center of the frame and after starting the post processing on the computer, I could understand why. The composition looked very boring. If I had given myself time to recompose, I would have shot vertically and just a tad zoomed out. This would have provided more sky and properly reduced the size of the post relative to the grass on top.
Normally I would go reshoot this sometime in the near future. Yet since this area is private property and only open to the public once a year through the Clarksville Regional Historical Society, I will make due with the square crop and remind myself to bring the tripod even if I think it is not necessary.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 22mm, f/3.5, 1/1000 sec
Clarksville (CA), Fence Post, Grasses, Hills, Square Crop. Clarksville/El Dorado Hills, CA. May 06, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.