It is amazingly easy to get wrapped up in camera gear, a flaw that I will admit to having done. The latest and greatest camera or lens or tripod are all marketed with this human foible in mind. However, with practice and a few mistakes under one’s belt, this compulsion fades with time. Photographers begin to look at gear as tools of the trade.
As tools, there are general ones and specialized ones. You can upholster a leather chair with a sledge hammer and roofing nails, but it will look much worse than doing so with a proper tack hammer and brass tacks. Similarly with photography, you can use a cell phone camera to try to photograph a bird on a branch 200 feet away, but a camera with a 300mm lens would work much better. However, they are all tools and need to be recognized as such.
With continued practice and inevitable failure and success, you will discover what works for you best in what area of photography you enjoy most. A general rule of thumb would be to try before you buy. There are numerous camera and lens rental companies out there (Lensrental.com is the one I use the most) and friends sometimes have some gear to try out. So, if you’d like to save your money for travel instead of buying that fantastic camera, I would say you are making the smart choice!
As many of you know, photography is my post-career career. Or, as my wife puts it, my excuse to go travel around the world. After retiring from twenty two years in the US Navy, I did flounder for a bit, but ended up firmly ensconced in Hancock, NH on a 50 acre dairy goat farm. Although managing the farm wasn’t in any post-Navy business plan, I have come to love the creatures and our small corner of New Hampshire.
Away from the hordes of the cities, life isn’t any easier, just a more productive manner of busyness. Fences need mending, feed needs to be purchased, fields limed, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. At the very least we see tangible evidence of what our hard work achieves in the forms of food and firewood.
The other tangible reward is being outdoors and being able to enjoy the stunning scenery of our Monadnock region of New Hampshire. Currier and Ives, famous lithographers of the Nineteenth Century, would still feel at home here. I am very blessed to live in a place where one doesn’t have to travel even outside of my town to capture amazing images.
With that as a preamble and introduction, this website is one of exploration of beauty, here locally and further afield. I hope you enjoy seeing what I have found in my continued efforts to capture those sights that make me glad.