Thanks to everybody for making the last post so interesting. It was a "throw away" on my part—I saw that review in Winding Road and that post had written itself inside of about four minutes—pure reaction. I never imagined it would garner upwards of a hundred comments and so many interesting pictures and links. That was fun.
I'm going to take a couple of days off now, mebbe a day and a half, mebbe three—dunno. I'll resume when inspiration strikes, I guess. I had a dream the other night that I was photographing Paul McCartney with an M8. I'd fumble endlessly setting the exposure as Sir Paul posed cooperatively, and then when I was ready to shoot, he'd make faces. This happened over and over. I kept misplacing the M8, too. I suspect this qualifies as a nightmare on several levels, but even if it doesn't, I'm pretty sure it's a plain sign I need to tear my eyes off the computer, touch my toes, do some deep breathing, take an amiable amble with the dog, and attack, or at least plan an attack on, one or two heaps of laundry. (Hills 52 and 54 look ripe for takeover. Or maybe they just look ripe.)
Once again—it being that time of the month—I'd like to thank all of you who placed orders for "schtuff" of any description at B&H, Adorama, or Amazon through my links this past month, as well as everybody who took advantage of Ctein's surprisingly successful print offer. Vous êtes très aimable, as my Dad used to say. I had a good month in October, and you get the thanks. I can use a good month every now and then. Especially after last summer, which wasn't so good. Making your purchases through the links on the site doesn't cost you anything, but it keeps an income stream a-flowin' from this essentially indulgent activity for me. Any excuse is a good enough excuse, and I'm grateful.
Holistic 'n' experiential
In a couple of days I should have a Sony A900 in house to put through its paces. I'm going to try to do some "real" shooting with it, rather than "test" shooting, and I think that rather than writing a formal review I'd prefer to just answer some questions people might have about it.
The reason for this approach—stated from the positive angle—is that I want to concentrate on getting a holistic, experiential "feel" for what it might be like to own and use the thing. I'll only have a few days with it, on this go-around at least, and I'd like to find out what I think about it, and what I might use it for, before assuming the burden of explaining to others what they might think about it or everything that they might use it for.
I dunno, once more. We'll see when the time comes.
- —Mike, Head, Dept. of Arrancy, Spuriousity, and Verbalacrity, T.O.P.