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An Ode to My Gear Part II

This post includes affiliate links to Amazon and KEH. I receive a commission on purchases made through these links. This is an ode to my gear part II. I wrote a gear post here a long while ago and as might be predictable if you know me at all, my set up has evolved since then. I used to shoot with Sony cameras. But when the Sony A7 came out, I knew I didn’t want that camera. So I started researching what would give me the best image quality balanced with user experience, along with cost factored in. So, I landed on Fuji in 2014. I shot my first three weddings with primes only: Fuji 16mm f1.4, Fuji 35mm f2, Fuji 56mm f1.2, and a Fuji 90mm f2. I still had the X-Pro2 but in May (I think) I added an X-T2 with the battery grip to my kit list. Then, I decided I had to be practical. So, I traded the 16mm, 35mm (much as I loved that lens), and 56mm for a 16-55mm f2.8. I had previous experience with the 16-55mm; I had one when I had the X-T1 before I sold it all, thinking we’d need the […]

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So This is What Happened Last Night…

I nearly did it. I had an interested party, even. I nearly sold my beloved X100F. These things happen when I get into creative ruts. I start gear window shopping feeling intimidated by the Canikon machine and thinking about “what if’s” and all of a sudden, I send something to KEH more often than I list something publicly for sale. Trading something for something else, always taking a loss. My first thought is always that something shiny will kick start my creativity. The thing is…..that X100F……it could easily last me 10+ years if I will let it. Most all of my gear will last me a gracious long time. That X100F is solid as a tank with a fantastic lens. Fits easily in any one of my purses. The original X100’s from 2012-2013 (mine is a 4th generation) are still going strong and have their praises sung about to this day. But…. I got to thinking that it would be nice to have the double set up of two X-T2’s at weddings. There would be benefits to that setup. I really did have the best of intentions. I was going to keep the X-T20 as my purse camera. I was […]

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How My Camera Saves My Life

I’ve been depressed the past few days. This is how my unique brand of disability works. I was in the bed for three days straight this week over the particular situation that has me upset. I realize that isn’t normal—- but that is the reason it is a disability– my body and brain don’t respond normally to situations like this. So, I got the camera out for an afternoon. I am slowly getting back to the place where I really feel like the camera is a tool for dealing with my condition, rather than feeling like I have to push to be more or make more of my photography. I am taking more pictures for me, and it feels great. Yesterday was a better day and I am firmly convinced that part of that reason it was a better day is because I had used my camera the day before. It is hard to describe but visually seeing the photographs I take and the reality I am surrounded by in pictures that I have taken does something to flip a switch in my brain. It really does change the way I view my reality. Yes, I happen to think that […]

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Remembering My Craft

Sometimes, being a photographer is like this for me. It can take weeks to recover from a wedding, where I don’t feel like picking up the camera at all. And then all of a sudden, I’m in a funk. And I don’t feel like picking up the camera, either. Uninspired, not at all remembering the joy behind just clicking the shutter button. Feeling like I see nothing of value worth documenting. But that’s not true, is it? Because everything around me is special to me– the people around me are special to me– so everything is worth photographing. J also says my eye doesn’t see things the way his sees them, so that’s something that makes the photography worth it to him, too. So, this is evidence that the depression is lying to me. I’m on my second morning of light therapy and today I’ve decided is a good day for reformatting all the memory cards and getting some good shots of the boys. It sounds silly, but sometimes I’ll just sit with the camera in the living room and put it up to my eye and click whatever I see right in front of me. Just to remember that […]

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a new day

mood: content I had a breakthrough. I like new toys. And I am a photographer. This makes for an expensive endeavor sometimes. Today, I decided I need no new camera gear for the foreseeable future. Like, maybe three or four years of no new gear purchases. This is a breakthrough because the last four years or so have been a pretty constant back and forth of deciding which lenses were right, selling some, buying others. I really was on the fence recently about whether I wanted a more compact camera than my smallest current one. I wanted nothing as far as new features, this decision was to be purely based on size. I came to the realization a week or so ago that I really don’t want to be in a consumer mindset anymore; that I really want to be saving as much money as possible. And, that my current gear wasn’t just sufficient, it is superior to any other options. And I decided today, after a minor mindset of wanting to spend again, that what I have is indeed sufficient. It’s more than sufficient, actually; it’s first-rate and I wouldn’t be satisfied with any potential purposes I might make. […]

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The Yashica Mat-124G

Came up on a thrift store find. A Yashica Mat-124G. I fell in love immediately. It is flawless and in working order except there is a tiny bit of fungus behind the bottom lens, behind the shutter, on the front of the taking lens. I intend to have it professionally cleaned a little after I figured out it was a job I just couldn’t do at home without botching majorly. However, I got my first batch of film back from it today. After a little haze clean up due to the fungus, I am in love with the results.      

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