Ramblings

size vs portability

They say the best camera is the one you have with you; actually, I think that was Chase Jarvis that said that but I might be mistaken. Now that I'm traveling significantly more with my new job, the likelihood of me carrying my camera with all it's associated paraphernalia is more and more unlikely. If I'm not going to have it with me then what good is a great dSLR?

To that end, my father, has a Fuji-film X100s which is a digital throwback to older small body rangefinder cameras. I've had a brief play with it but nothing that I would call in depth since, at the time, I was happy with my camera. I still am happy with my camera but I feel like it's not really doing me any good if it sits in my condo collecting dust and only comes out within the city when I'm out photographing around town.

I don't need another camera but I think I would miss having the flexibility of having some really nice glass like the 24-70 f/2.8 on there... Part of me says I should get a small body camera such as the X100s and keep the dSLR too for concert photography but that means an additional cost of somewhere around the $CAD 1200 mark and I'm not sure I would consider that within the budget at the moment.

What say you peoples of the interwebs? New camera or sell the old gear and replace it with the new one?

my photo gear

Recently I've spoken with a few photographers who've asked me what I shoot with and I thought this would be a great opportunity to share this information with you. So here it is:

I also carry around a few other bits and bobs with my camera gear: remote shutter release, variety of lens cloths, dust brush, circular polarizers for all my lenses, UV filters for all my lenses, and an arctic butterfly.

This all being said, I've always been a firm believer that the camera doesn't make the photographer. If I gave someone like Peter Hurley an iPhone, he would still take way better photographs than I could with my camera. So, if you're shooting with some older gear, don't worry about it, you can still make amazing photographs.

 

nature of the beast

Promotion; with it comes more responsibility, more leadership opportunity and more demands. I came out to the Eurodam to install the B.B. King Blues Club band, a process that takes a week under normal circumstances and these were normal circumstances. What was unforeseen, however, was that the Automation Technician for the ship would resign just prior to my arrival and his replacement would not be available to join the ship until weeks later.

Fortunately, the technician I am taking over for in my new role, is still available and will be present at the next installation which I will now be missing. Hopefully things will get sorted out for the incoming automation technician so that I can leave before the end of the month. 

It's the natural ups and downs; as we say in French "c'est la vie" and for many others, it's just the nature of the beast.

the layover

This weekend I took a trip to Las Vegas. It was a very short trip but a good one none the less. I arrived Saturday around 4:30PM and went straight to the Mirage to check in. I went to The Quad to see the Recycled Percussion show, went for dinner with a friend and called it a night. Sunday was a wake up and have a leisurely start kind of day - I checked out around 11:45AM and went to catch up with some friends I've not seen in quite a while. It was really good to see them again and I hope it won't be long before we can do it again. 

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This was the view from my hotel room in the 25th floor of the Mirage. Certainly a nice view and you could clearly see the volcano show in the evening; as touristy as it sounds it was kind of cool.