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That Camera Really Takes Good Pictures!

If I never hear that statement again, it’ll be too soon!  Not too long ago, I took some candid photos for my Company’s picnic.  Nothing special, just photos of people having fun on a very nice day.

In addition to all of the food, kid’s face painting, sack races, and more food, there was  a live band.  I thought it would be fun to capture a few photos of the band members.  Using my Canon 60D with 70-200 F4 L lens made it pretty easy.  The event was held in the middle of the day, at a park with plenty of sunshine, so the F4 lens was plenty fast enough!

After it was all said and done, I emailed one of the band members copies of some of the photos, and I know he appreciated them.  But along with his sincere “thanks a lot for the pictures”, came this line, “that camera really takes good pictures”.

What could I say?  I was really stunned for a couple of seconds!   Thoughts of saying something rude or at least a smart-ass comment came to mind, but I didn’t do it.  Other than being ignorant of the craft of photography, he is a nice guy and I know he probably thought he was giving me a compliment.  It was tough not to say something that I might later regret, after all, didn’t he realize that I’m an artist?!  I don’t just push the button and blast away (ok, you’ve got me on that one, sometimes I do)!

In the end, once I got over all of the things I could have said, and I just said “thanks, I’m glad that you liked them”.  And, my feeling weren’t really hurt, so no harm done.  And, while I may consider myself a photographic artist, I’m not a snob!

I’d love to have posted a couple of photos of the band so you could see what I was talking about, but since I don’t have permission to use them this way, I’ll leave you with something else….

This is from the South Tufa State Natural Reserve at Mono Lake.  I suppose that the same thing could be said about this image – “that camera really takes good pictures”.

The thing I find interesting about that statement is that the camera didn’t get up in the cold and dark, drive itself to the location and jump up on the tripod.  It didn’t compose the image, or push its shutter at just the right moment to capture the fleeting seconds between beautiful golden light and flat boring light.

The camera I used for this shot was my Canon 40D.  While I do like it a lot, it’s still just a tool.  As I’ve mentioned before (and probably will again) it’s a nice tool with lots of features that make creating images easier, but by itself, it’s still just a hunk of plastic and metal and wires.  The image is created with the eye of the artist!

It would be fun to see other opinions on this, so if you feel like leaving a comment on the subject, that would be great!  Until the next time – Happy Shooting!


Thinking of the Eastern Sierra

As the days pass, I can’t help but think about our up coming vacation to the Eastern Sierra. This will be our longest visit to one of our favorite places!  My wife and me, along with our 2 little Cairn Terriers will be spending a month in God’s Country!

Being such a big trip, there’s a lot to do and now’s the time get started!  It may be premature, but I washed and waxed the motorhome (most of it anyway).  We started adding a few extras to our grocery list.  And I picked up a couple of extras to start tying some flys for fly fishing.

Oh, and I have to go through my camera gear and get that ready too!  My plans include many early morning photo opportunities!  There are so many places to go and I don’t have to worry about time!

Which cameras and gear am I going to take?  Everything of course!!  I’m going to bring my Canon 40D, 60D, Sony NEX3, and my GoPro HD.  In addition to that, I’m bringing every lens I own, and 3 tripods.  Oh, one more thing, my 8 inch telescope!  It may not be a camera, but I’ll have access to a night sky so amazing, so full of stars, that if I forgot and left it at home, I’d drive all the way back just to pick it up!

That’s about it for this post.  It’s been a busy day and I’m tired.  But my mind keeps drifting off, filled with images of the Eastern Sierra.  John Muir put it into words far more eloquently then I ever could, so I’ll leave you with one of his quotes and my photo:

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

Until next time, Happy Shooting!