So here I sit, another Saturday morning, coffee cup in hand and dog yanking on my pant leg. Life is good. Last year was pretty quiet for me as far as blogging and photography go. This is one of a small handful of photos that I made all year… I’ll just call it my best of 2012. Mostly I’ve been dealing with other priorities and pondering where to take things from here. I’ve been simplifying, making a few changes, and a few decisions.
First of all is the matter of my other blog, buzztail. I’d been doing that one for almost seven years. It’s been mostly inactive lately, but always nagging at the back of my mind so I decided to retire it. Nothing lasts forever, blogs included, and to my mind buzztail ran it’s course. I’m keeping the name and domain so it’s possible that I’ll start it up again someday in a different form, but I have no plans for that. For now it’s history, and it’s a relief. If I want to pass along any timely information on environmental issues I can do it on twitter. If I do any writing on wilderness I can use other avenues to publish. Like ebooks. For now, this is my only blog, and I can concentrate on it and my photography.
Speaking of which… I had been playing with film again recently. I used film for years, I still love it, and had thought of switching back to using it rather than digital. But no. It’s not really the way to go. The quality of digital images and the immediacy of it were the deciding factors… whether I go out and shoot one photograph or a hundred, I can load them into the computer and work with them right away. No need to finish a roll of film, bring it in to a lab and wait a few days to get the negs and scans back, and pay about thirty bucks to boot. It’s simply not worth it to me.
Like most photographers do, I pondered upgrading to a new camera. Recent innovations in mirrorless technology intrigued me and I looked into a few of those cameras, particularly the Sony NEX-6 and NEX-7, the Olympus OM-D, and the Fujifilm X100. There are several good camera stores here in LA and I was able to handle a few and see what I thought of them. Long story short, I don’t really like any of them. I like an eye level viewfinder, it’s just what I’m used to, and though these have them it’s obvious you’re looking at an electronic version of what’s in front of you rather than seeing it directly like you do with a mirrored SLR. To my notion the images in the viewfinder looked artificial and were a bit jerky and annoying. A minor annoyance, true, but enough to make me realize I still prefer a DSLR to a mirrorless camera, in which case I have no need to replace what I already have. I don’t need to upgrade my equipment… just my vision and skills. So — no new cameras for me at this point. That too is a relief.
As it stands I have a good camera, a good computer, and a good printer. None are top of the line, but they’re all good. Now my job will be to get good enough to make the most of them.
With that, I’d better go play with the dog before she takes my pant leg off to the knee.
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