You Should Write More

Seriously, you should write more… This past year I started taking notes on paper again as opposed to the computer and I found that it was less of a chore, more enjoyable, and I remembered (could find) stuff easier.  Add that to your analog life.. John Masters

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Full Swing

I am really enjoying the season and all of its glory and warmth this year.  To be honest, I am already dreading the winter even though it is still months away.  Normally, I do not worry about the cold until the Fall rolls in.  This year is different though,  and for some reason, I am already lamenting the loss of Summer even as it is in full swing.  Enjoy every day! – John Masters  Kodak E100G

Gift Me Some Summer

Summertime brings many good things besides warm weather, life and long days filled with great memories.  It reminds us that life will always get better when it is not that great, and that people, no matter how flawed are beautiful.  Lastly that if you look hard enough, you will find beauty in all things.  Some experiments with slide film and Ektar…

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More Camera Porn

I wanted to talk about cameras for a second or two.  I just recently sold the last of a large batch of cameras on ebay.  It was painful mostly because I hate selling things as I am no salesman.  That is a whole other story.. what I am discussing here now is gear.  When I switched back to film, I set out on this crusade of sorts.  At first it was to get all these cameras I always wanted as a kid. The Super A, Me Super, Hasselblad etc… As you can imagine, I ended up with quite a stash and at first it was glorious.  I felt that each camera might bring me closer to zen and magic sparkles of photographic genius.  All that really happened was a lot of gear that needed maintenance, and for the most part stumped me when I wanted to travel or shoot anything.. which one to bring was always the question.   About a month ago, I decided it was time for some serious downsizing.  This revelation happened when I was going through all my photos from the previous two years.  I was culling them for keepers when I realized that the good shots did not come from any specific camera or lens combination.  More important than that the good shots were not consistently on one specific camera but it had more to do with my state of mind, vision and if I had good light and a good angle that day.  The rest was pretty much crap… to be honest some of my better shots were on basic non – professional models.  Armed with this revelation, I decided to soul search and make the hard choice.  At first slowly picking then it became a frenzy fest and all in all off-loaded 8 cameras, the last of which I mailed off today. Cameras are tools and just like tools there is no one tool that will do every job.  I now have one tool for each type of job I may encounter and I have to say, after leaving myself  with a basic more manageable lineup, I feel a lot better.   But there will be a short period I think where I will miss those cameras I always lusted after when I was a boy.  But I know in the end it will be ok.  Now I can get busy shooting and not get distracted by that sexy camera porn..