May 16, 2007 by Allen George
Spray and Pray
I took 12,000 photos last Tuesday
— Bill McIntyre
Looking at his samples and reading that line, my first (ungracious) thought was “What a waste!“. 12,000 photos over 8 hours. 1,500 an hour. 25 a minute.
Let me repeat that in case you hadn’t caught it. 25 photos a minute.
To date I’ve not come across a single subject that warranted that capture rate. Truth be told, I’m unsure of how anyone can compose given the speed with which that shutter’s flappin’ up and down.
One’s shutter count is often bandied as a mark of pride on various internet fora; I’ve had an ambivalent attitude towards them – a mixture of disdain and unease. I mean, it’s nice that you took 2100 photos of your backyard, but how many of them were ‘good’?
On the other hand, hearing those numbers I ask “Should I be taking more?“