Ben, nice video this week. I share your perspective and thoughts. One of the things that I do is to use my composition card (old mat board with 4×5 opening cut out) and mirror my composition in my faux viewfinder. I simply use my right hand as a guide for each lens. For example I know if I put my fist on my chin and hold the composition card against it, that equals a 90mm wide angle for 4×5 format and so on. By doing this I get the benefit of monitoring my scene without obscuring or changing my view.
That’s a pretty cool idea about the composition card. I’ve done that in the past, but not lately. I think it’s mostly because I’ve been able to find good side to side landmarks in Death Valley (one of the few places I shoot a fair amount of sky) so I can keep track of it pretty easily. If it was a horizon that was less defined, I can see how a composition card would be almost necessary to keep track of where my camera is pointed by referencing the foreground subject.
Your insights only get better and better, Ben! I agree with this entirely, and as someone who still uses DSLRs (since I do lots of astro-landscapes and timelapses) …I do frequently find myself needing to step back, catch my breath, and simply soak up a scene. More immersion in the world, and fewer “clicks” whether film or digital, is a beautiful thing.
I think we should do an interview with SLR Lounge if you’re ever in the Orange County area.