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Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Projecting human emotions onto an inanimate object, and then turning around and ascribing said object as the source of those emotions.

Humans are interesting.

6D owner here (also 60D for wildlife and some macro), also a Saab 99, Subaru Impresa Outback, and Subaru Forester owner (3 cars in 34 years, the Forester is brand new). As you might guess, I am a practical person. For a car to be fun, it has to be capable of parking in a side-of-the-road ditch and getting out again, capable of slogging away on mud or gravel roads, and have satellite radio that is tuned to the Metropolitan Opera station (opera 24-7-365, with vintage and newer radio-broadcast performances and studio recordings).

For a camera to be fun, it should be ergonomic to use, and my eyes and hands like DSLRs best. To my mind, fun is exploring a new subject, a new shooting venue, a new (or vintage) lens, or a new technique. I grew up with an all-manual film SLR with the revolutionary new feature of ... TTL meter (ancient selenium technology with moving needle), and I had loads of fun with that camera. I enjoy outings with my old M42 mount lenses and with my dad's AI/AIS Nikkor manual focus lenses. I have fun with various macro lenses and oddball setups. The next fun project is learning to shoot and develop 4 x 5 B&W, essentially to play with movements, tinker with developers, and enjoy the look that well-exposed film can give.

I think the boring part is it was calculate to be in a comfort zone. When I do "job" (family, school etc event including safari in Africa) my nikon is there. But the reason why some of our hobbyists use leica is not that it can get the job done but it get you out of comfort zone. You have to think and live with the limitation of "that thing" eg sigma dp1/2/3m. It makes a difference.

It is a bit going to places. If you said, I slept throught it ... The journey then have nothing to remember. Get you there, yes. But what is anything to remember with. For someone who is driving as a commerical driver, the end result is more important. No one know how hard you get that picture as one said. But the process is as important as the end result for the guy who take it as hobbyist.

I am planning to get a gh4 to try video. It may be as boring as my nikon d600/d7100 but I suspect I will remember it later. To me it is because video is outside my comfort zone. It is not whether the camera is boring or not. I know that when I use Nikon dslr (plus Nikon 1) to record a piano concert of my piano teacher in chi univ. That is when all the nikon is outside its comfort zone. I remember it, even it is recorded using the boring 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8 and 80-400 VRII. It is NOT the camera and lens. It is your own comfort zone that matters.

Once again it is the old argument - me against the world. The end result only matters if you look at from the future you and, for those permanence argument (whether my photos outlast me), the world at large. But we are NOT the world only, we are also individual “I”s. As one, the process matter as well. Not to others, but to you.

May I say it is a crime to yourselves if you think it is boring and you still take the picture and it is NOT a “job”.

When you talked about how limitations are good, you made me think of this quote.
Churchill defined golf as "a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose."

I think that success at working around limits you have accepted is what turns using a camera from mere tool usage into an interesting game. This is especially true if the camera does something exceptionally well, but only if you can work around its quirks and limitations. Then, the game's afoot and the result has a chance at least of being something authentic and compelling.

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