March 16th, 2017
Actually, it can always be worse but this one was bad. An ice fall, a destroyed shoulder, surgery, physical therapy, and an eight month recovery. OK, it's not the end of the world but it feels like it. With a little perseverance and a whole lot of determination, I'm making it. It's life changing. An act of fate, one of Karma, or just an accident, it doesn't matter.
What does matter is that it has made photography and being a photographer extremely difficult. Even more so than it already is. Being barely able to raise the camera to my eye without the help of the other hand is seriously challenging. It was a debilitating injury on Christmas Eve no less and I know in my heart of hearts that with serious therapy, this will get better. It's going on 3 months since the accident and I've barely taken my camera out of the case. Yes, it was that bad.
What's the point of all this? When you're faced with adversity it's easy to see just how we take everything for granted. I'm here to offer encouragement and to tell you to stop doing that. Life is fragile and things happen. Learn to appreciate every single day instead of waiting for something to happen that forces you to. Try to get back out there as soon as you can. It's been tough but I'm doing it and getting stronger with more function every day. And, I'm starting to take my camera everywhere again. I'm gonna be OK.
December 24th, 2016
Why is it that so many of us cringe at the site of a camera and photographers are the worst? Maybe we know something THEY don't. OK, not really. There can be many reasons but the biggest one of all? We hate the way we look in a photograph but most of the time we are the only ones who see it. We tell ourselves, "I don't really look like that... or do I?" Well, it's time to move past it because if you don't there will be few recorded memories of you, especially of the good times. So, take heart because you look mahvelous.
December 20th, 2016
OK. I admit I'm lazy. I love photography but I've been working on my NYIP certificate forever and hoping to finally graduate in the spring. When I'm out and about I always have a camera with me and the idea of lugging around a DSLR isn't all that appealing. At least not to me, anyway. Like I said, I'm lazy. A smart phone camera, no matter how good anyone says they are, will never do. I guess a lot of the reason for that is everyone and their brother has one. If I do that I'll just feel like one of them. What's the alternative?
Go out and get yourself a high end bridge type of camera. You know, that point and shoot thing that makes many a photographer cringe at the very thought. Yes, it has it's limitations but it gets the job done and I don't feel like I'm lugging anything. If you focus only on special photo shooting trips instead of having a camera ever ready, you could quite possibly miss that shot of a lifetime. You know, the big one. The one we all long for but never seem to get. Well, you'll increase your chances of getting it if you always have a camera.
Personally, I shoot with an Olympus Stylus I, a sweet little high end bridge camera that I can take anywhere. What is the biggest limitation with this camera? I can only print up to 20 x 14. Yeah, I know, but this shortcoming is worth having it with me all the time. There are others, like those from Sony, so pick your favorite and get out there. It's true, sometimes, OK most of the time, you can leave the DSLR at home. I've gotten some great flower shots, landscapes, vintage cars, vintage signs of Portland, animals, insects, etc. You name it.