Flatteringly excellent advice from all, and thank you. The big picture is that I need to take the lumps and pay the dues associated with a new medium.
On the technical end of things, I'm limiting myself to a normal lenses for now, so that I can actually get some pitures made between the pull I feel toward long lens head and shoulders shots and the what seems to me the alien-ness of composing wide angle. Daylight and camera choice is keeping my stops small, but when I can I play with shallow depth of field. That aspect of composition will hopefully come more in time. I do need to also look at modifying the tools to work with my face, haha.
Haste, patience, intuition and tripods... All these open the can of worms for me, I was educated in studio painting and hit a wall with it. I'd always admired several public photographers and so am chasing their work. Hauling a tripod down to piedmont park kind of terrifies me, the studio rat in me wants to go unnoticed, for fear of disturbing a moment that I cannot create. The uniqueness of each passing second in 2013 (or 500th of a second) makes me want to speed up and grab it but those who pointed it out are right that without care, then that's not giving the moment it's due. I'm used to building a picture, so going out with and realizing that there are already pictures there for me to do service to is exciting. I do need to slow down, take care of the exposure control I can up front and make the mistakes so I can learn from them.
thanks, all, again
Also, I'm trying not to think myself into inaction again :P
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