I’ll try to keep this short and mostly thoughtful. I field quite a few emails which vary from gear (okay mostly gear) to blogging, to business and legal inquiries regarding photography. I may not be the best resource for many of these inquiries, but I can offer my opinion on various matters. I’ve done quite a bit with the gear side of things, so I’m gonna try my hand at some new stuff here. With the new year, I’ve shunned traditional resolutions and tried rather to turn entirely inward in my own personal assessment of what makes me happy, or more importantly, what I can control that makes me and those I love comfortable, happy and healthy. Unless you’re some type of magical farmer/hippy/yeti hybrid that is entirely capable of living off the land and bartering your body hair, somehow legally in some utopian parallel shadow universe, we will need income to survive. Clothing, a roof, food, you know, the basic needs. We (I assume my readers) all love photography, so why not try our hand at combining a love and a necessity by making money as a professional photographer?
How small is too small? How about a micro 4/3 camera that is smaller than most any fixed lens compact sporting a 1/1.6″ or 1/1.7″ sensor (not to mention any of the 1″ sensor cams, or even most compact p&s cameras I’ve owned)? Well, I’d heard that the Panasonic Lumix GM1 was small, but I don’t think I was prepared for HOW small this thing actually is. Have a look…
Sometimes I lose track of what is and what isn’t familiar. I can wake up in my own bed, surrounded by all of the elements involved in my habitual routine, and it takes me a moment to figure out where I am. Other times, I can be thousands of miles away from home and feel as if I fit, I belong to the space I occupy. All of us are, to an extent, just fumbling around this rock getting on with our lives, some of us possibly contributing more to the greater human experience than those of us photoblogging or whatever, but I’d like to think that certain places call us, mean more to us, regardless of our personal histories, and for some reason beyond my personal comprehension, just seem to make sense. Like a familiar smell transporting me back to childhood, or meals reminding me of past occasions, Amsterdam has always just felt like home.
No journey is greater than the one you’re on, and it is up to us to turn every day occurrence into the spectacular. It certainly doesn’t hurt when you’re lucky enough to have to travel to amazing places for business for some of these every day occurrences. I, like many I’m sure, struggle sometimes to truly appreciate that which life has blessed me with. There are days that I allow the challenge of being a parent, partner or financial custodian get in the way of the realization that I have two healthy, normally happy children and an amazing wife. There are those that say not to look back, but rather forward. For me, I find an amazing amount of solace in being able to relive and appreciate time that has already been, and photography has played a large part in that. It often allows me to reflect and remember why I should be happy and thankful.
We find ourselves in a new year, the promise of new beginnings being urged upon us. With that in mind, I’d like to reflect on a recent trip I was able to take to Portugal where the weather and humanity are warm and inviting. I am lucky enough to get to experience places like this, and for that, I am truly grateful. . .
I’ve been photo blogging for over 6 years now, and this blog has been around for exactly 4 of those. I don’t make my living doing this, nor do I want to. I have a job and while I do make some money through photography, I choose to keep that at a minimum so that I can continue to do this for myself. Not that being a full time pro can’t allow one to love what they do, I’ve just had experience in the past that has shown me that I like to try and minimize my job’s influence on something that serves as my creative getaway from the need to make an income personally. That is where I am with my relationship with photography now, and while I never know which opportunities may present themselves in the future, I am very happy that it provides me with the enjoyment it does. For that, and the things I’ve been able to accomplish through that, I am grateful.
I started this blog purely for the love of making and taking pictures while sharing and learning through interactive experience. Over the past year, this project has grown leaps and bounds thanks to all of you guys and I hope to continue to grow the blog as a resource for insight and entertainment while continuing to collaborate and cross promote. I have some new ideas and projects on the horizon, so stay tuned. I’d also love to continue to connect and collaborate with others, so feel free to hit me up.
I hope that everyone is healthy and happy, and if you or your loved ones are not, I hope that any negative circumstances are remedied in the near future. Photography has always been therapeutic for me in times of need, and a wonderful enhancement in life when all is well, so here’s to our common thread, our common passion and the ability to connect across borders and time zones, cultures and histories through this wonderful medium.
Happy new year and I look forward to our continuing and evolving conversation.
What the what? Why did Panasonic replace a seemingly near perfect lens with one that from initial reports didn’t remedy the AF speed which was really the only major gripe about the first version? Well, let’s see…
With the recent kitchen sink sale that Topaz had, it got me curious about some of the other plugins on offer. I love DeNoise, Clarity and ReMask, but what about all these other cool, quirky plugins? Topaz Star Effects allows a user controlled enhancement for any point of light in your image, and through the month of December, it is on sale at 50% off for $14.99 here at Topazlabs.com when using the code “decstar” at checkout. Well, if you have an extra few bucks lying around, and would like to enhance any points of light in your images, check this out…