It’s been several weeks now that I’m back at work, Mon thru Fri, 9 to 6… or 6:30, or 7, depending on how much workload we get. Let it be said up front that I hate it, lol. Not working, working is fine, gets my butt off my couch, makes me meet people, be productive, get a (smaller than it should) income. What I hate is my boss thinking I’m some kind of robot that has no private life and should do free overtime with a smile.
There’s one upside to this, though. I’ve totally been weaned from the camera craze. And I mean, totally. Office hours coupled with school starting again and the need the take care of two horses, had me not even touching a camera for weeks. However, when I did again, I had a shocking revelation : some years old gear is still perfectly capable of making all the pictures I need, and will need for some time, yet…
At the stables, I had to switch from groom-supporter-adviser-photographer, to full time coach, as my new work schedule doesn’t allow me to drive Marla to the Friday night session anymore (where she had her lesson from Gwen and I could just document). So while directing and supervising her riding, I grew increasingly aware that carrying and handling a camera, even as modestly sized as the NEX, was becoming a burden. I truly considered getting a RX100 mkII to do the job with grace, while remaining pocketable, but quickly realized that my budget didn’t allow it (boarding and maintaining two equines, vet bills included, can take a heavy toll on anybody’s wallet)
On a totally different note, I had to go through the mandatory professionnal health check, and learned with some astonishment that my eyesight is very poor. Which shocked me, as while I’m aware I don’t see that well from afar, I never had the impression of being handicapped in my everyday life
I pulled a pair of glasses that were made for me about 9 years ago and that I never wore ! I put them on. So far, so good, things looked a bit clearer and sharper, and also a bit “in my face”, which I didn’t like much. Then I took them off and was punched in the gut. Everything instantly turned slightly blurry and distant. Wow. What a shock. However, after trying them on and off, I realized that I don’t like the hyper-crisp, super close look of things when I wear them, so I put them back in their box, sitting on my desk at work, just in case…
I did, however, made me wonder about how I see my pictures vs. how YOU see them, mostly post processing and sharpening wise ?? I guess what I look decently crisp to me might seem a bit overboard to those of you with better eyes ? Any comments ?
Despite not buying any camera gear for weeks, I did treat myself to a few goodies, namely those totally fascinating DVDs of Buck Brannaman horsemanship. Buck is without a shadow of a doubt my favorite horse person in the world. He might not be to everybody’s taste, but his expertise is masterful. I joke that those DVD’s are the “user manual” to our horses
Speaking of which, Pirouette is having recurrent health issues that need addressing. The awful maintenance she suffered from in her previous life probably have caused stomach damage that might be permanent. She needs some tests to be run to find out. More vet bills, <sigh>
What do I say you need to stop obsessing about gear ? Because a 3 yr old, thoroughly obsoleted camera (or so they say), with *one* affordable fast prime, will go a very long way to produce pictures in which it will not be the weakest link 😉