Yesterday I took a trip down south to visit the Botanical Gardens. It was hot, the gardens are large and hilly so I actually never ventured far at all. I decided that my 35mm macro was probably the most appropriate lens I had for the job and put it on my camera.
After deciding on the first photo I would take I unscrewed the lens cap (should have known there was something wrong at this point) made sure the camera was set to iso 100 and started to snap away. The lens was playing up, it would not focus as closely as it should, the images seemed smaller than they should and I couldn't work out why.
After several plant shots I took a few pictures inside the building and actually looked at them on the cameras lcd thinking, actually I quite local the 35mm focal length in here. After venturing outside I went to extend the lenses inbuilt hood and then the lights finally started to flicker. Instead of putting the 35/2.8 Limited on the camera I had put on the 15/4 Limited.
I swapped the lenses over and continued my walk. Eventually I returned to where I started from to retake some of those first pictures.
To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.