I believe that one of my biggest weakness is a lack of patience for gear. Like many others, I lust over that new shiny piece of plastic, but my desire to add more tools is simply wishful thinking.
If I’m being truly honest with myself, I still only use the first lens I purchased 8 years ago. I have certainly added more since then and those tools can be very useful in some situations, but yet I’m sure that 80% of my work still comes from that original 17-40mm lens.
The fact is that I detest changing lenses. Why can’t I have a camera that fits in my pocket, has a range of 8 to 800mm and is super clean at 6400iso with 10-stops of image stabilization?
Several times last month, the camera bag has stayed home and I went with the basics. One lens, tripod and a bag of filters. It has been great.
It’s easy to judge the interest level of social sharing sites relative to those who are already using it. Starting over with a new service is boring if you are in the room all alone. It’s a reason why Facebook and Twitter has staying power.
But over time, seeing what your internet friends are doing is hijacked by marketers and companies trying to sell product. It becomes a constant stream of revenue driven posts that we grow tired of.
I have been very resistant to the idea of Instagram because of its mobile only limitation. The restriction to only sharing photos from your iPhone was a deal breaker and painfully frustrating to use. But more and more friends have migrated to that platform and has encouraged giving it a chance for a fair review.
I’m very late to this party but my first impression is pleasantly peaceful, calm and still having the pure feeling Facebook and Twitter once had. There are no inline ads and there is little marketing. It’s simply a stream of images with little text and without resharing or linking out. The content starts and ends with Instagram.
So here I am, launching the start of my Instagram account and a growing acceptance of the square format and funky auto filters. If you have one, share your Instagram link below.
Landscape photography and traveling go hand in hand. We can’t help but dream while running towards the setting sun in exotic places looking for that magical moment that will become our pride and joy printed on paper. At best, this is an effort of hope and wishes based on pre-visualization and expectations.
Before I became interested in photography, I took my home here on Prince Edward Island very much for granted. With nothing more than farm fields and beaches, it felt small and uninteresting. I failed to understand why tourism was so popular.
This problematic way of thinking was so strong that I was in my late 20’s before making my first visit to the eastern side of PEI.
Looking with purpose is a different way of seeing and my discovery of photography as an art has changed what and how I see. My desire to travel and experience other locations continues to be greater than ever but photographically speaking, I’m growing more and more content close to home.
I choose to believe that I am not simply trying to make myself feel better for not living in the mountains but close to home truly isn’t bad when you give it the attention it deserves. Take the time and stop waiting for the next travel adventure when there is so much to explore just outside the front door.
Today’s Image – Cavendish Ocean View
I don’t know if I’ll ever truly appreciate the power of coastal erosion. It is nothing short of incredible knowing that you can return to the same location over and over again while watching the landscape literally change shape from the brute force of the tides.
There has been no shortage of projects to keep me busy this year but they are unfortunately all at the expense of keeping this website updated. It is August already but it has been an incredible past 7 months in every way.