The original plan for this project was that I would use 1 camera (the Nikon D800) for 10 years, taking some 10,000 images per year to come out with 100,000 images and somewhere around the mythical 10,000 hours of practice.
One of these factors is changing.
The Nikon D800 is an utterly brilliant camera. I have taken around 5000 photos with it so far, and it has astonished me with its technical excellence since day 1. I absolutely, unapologetically, and unabashedly love it and if we ever get together for pints and you ask me about it, I will effuse at length.
But the D800 is an utter beast of a camera. It’s big — it’s the largest camera I have ever owned — and its best lenses (such as the stellar Nikon 24-70mm f2.8) are similarly huge. The D800 is not the sort of camera you can really carry with you all the time. I have purchased a couple of bags that let me do so, but even when I have it with me I don’t often actually use it. There’s another unexpected drawback, you see: people notice it. The D800 attracts attention the second you haul it out of your pack and start taking pictures. It is the very opposite of a stealth camera.
Many photographers wouldn’t care about this, but I am a very shy introvert and the attention causes me a great deal of stress. That stress robs me of the joy I normally find in taking photos, so I rarely take my camera out of its bag in those situations, even when I have it with me.
Anyhow, long story short: I’ve picked up a second camera that is much smaller, much easier to carry around everywhere, and much less attention-grabbing. This should allow me to capture more of the regular daily-life stuff I’ve been missing from this project so far.
So, there’s a minor rule change in the project, but the rest stays the same: 2 cameras, 10 years, 10,000 hours, 100,000 images. I want to get better at this.