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« Reply #40 on: March 25, 2014, 06:32:43 PM »

Well I banned myself from using ND grads and CPL filters for scenic work. I also took an oath never to take a foggy/misty water shot

Well that path is well trodden, big time
Some might say it's limiting, but then I think you are pushing yourself more when you restrict things
Plenty of prime only shooters that take "one lens" out for the days shoot, to focus themselves on the subject and not worry about a bag full or lenses.

Sometimes you can have too much. Neither approach is wrong, it's what works for you
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« Reply #41 on: March 25, 2014, 06:45:18 PM »

Passion about a topic, and some knowledge about the topic, can be part of the "soft skills" and can help one focus on a specialty, in the above cases, insect macrophotography.
But the cases that you quoted could just as easily be seen as "hard skills"? I don't get this artificial divide between "knowing your tools" and "having an interest in a topic that can somehow lead to great photographs". Both can be used for good or bad. Defining good and bad in photography is difficult.

People do whatever they want. If they find happiness in interpreting MTF-graphs, then great for them. Perhaps this helps them advance their images, or they end up inventing some new useful photography tool. History is full of "nerds" that went all in towards some goal and ended up producing great art, great science, or some other goal, possibly neglecting their family and friends in the process. A (probably larger) group of people spent their life and career pursuing some goal that did not (at least yet) matter much.

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