lost art {238/365}

Ok, took an easy one today ;) I took a shot of the dials on the Hasselblad.  To me they spell simplicity, but today they spell complexity.  More and more cameras are coming out with ever increasing automatic capabilities.  The tools are thinking for themselves.  No need to know what f8 does or the difference between a 60th and 125th and what it will do for your cat portrait or how much depth an fstop will lend to a mountain scene.

This kinda depresses me.  As technology gets better and better I wonder what each wave of photographer will be like.  I'm sure the Greats early on thought such as technology enjoyed leaps and bounds and increased it's presence to an ever growing shutterbugin' populace.  In the future, will a photographer not even know how to judge the differences between light and shadow in a quantifiable number, but instead rely strictly on what the camera decides and what the LCD screen shows?  In some ways, that's happening already with the Strobist Uprising (not that I have anything against Strobists, but being able to judge and quantify light lends a great deal to an image).

But, I believe, to do your craft to it's utmost potential, it is important to know what you have in your arsenal and how to use it to the best of it's ability.  A tool will only get you so far if you don't know how to control it.

In conclusion . . . . KNOW YOUR FSTOPS! For the photographers out there: what's my reading?

Canon 24-70mm 2.8L - f2.8 @200th 100iso; flash off wall camera right