By this I do mean, “Being fair to oneself”. In my earlier post “Going Back” when writing about my original DSLR the Canon D30 that I bought at Christmas 2000, I said that I didn't know much about what I was doing with it and any good pictures I got were by chance. Now whilst this was broadly speaking true, I may have been a bit too harsh on myself.
Back in 2002 a musician called Sheryl Crow released an album called “C'mon, C'mon” and on it was a track called “Soak Up The Sun” which contained the following lyrics: “It's not getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got”. This seems a suitable starting point for this post.
I am not a great fan of writing or talking about photographic gear and what is the “latest, greatest” or current “king of the hill” because all that stuff gets in the way of creating pictures and I have just had proof of that in the oddest way. I have just been going through the digital pictures I have taken in the first 5 months of this year and frankly I am appalled by my lack of “keepers” from the whole collection, how did this come about ?
I will not rehash what is a very good piece of work but instead give a personal reflection on an article published at the end of March which basically posed the question “Does Anybody Really Want a New Camera ?” It is well worth a read: https://dslrbodies.com/newsviews/nikon-2019-news/april-2019-nikon-canon/does-anyone-really-want-a.html
Although now into March we have more normal weather the “Mad March Days” wet and windy, February was of a very different order, very Spring like which led me to focus on preparing things for my next home improvement project which I hope is the last part of the jigsaw. However after a spurt of such activity encouraged by very warm weather, I returned to my photographic archiving task which increasingly is like disappearing down a rabbit hole !
Although I haven't posted anything just lately, it hasn't been through a lack of interest on my part, simply that I am busy on other things which in their own way, are related to what this site is about. The Winter is always a relatively fallow period for me photographically with the shorter days and it is only around now as the daylight hours noticeably lengthen that I start to get excited again !
In a sense the above title is rather misleading at it seems to allude to “New Year's Resolutions” which I don't believe in too much. However, the period between Christmas and the New Year 'Twixmas' as I amusingly heard it referred to, is a time for reflection and a 'gathering of strength for the year ahead plus a time to get your existing goals into sharp focus.
A little while back, I spent a brief time walking around Oxford, it was one of those sunshine and showers days but interesting never the less and I took a few photographs. Although not likely known to many people overseas, there has been two TV detective series which were set in Oxford, Morse and a spin off Lewis, both were very good and made heavy use of the University part of the city as a backdrop for the drama.
As we approach that time of the year again, many of us send out Christmas cards to family and friends. A few years back and after the passing of both my Parents, instead of buying cards from a shop or on line, I decided to start printing my own and more personal greetings cards.
A few weeks ago my Uncle Mickey died just about a week short of his 94th birthday, an excellent innings by any standard, he lived in Washington State in the USA with his wife, Jeanie had US citizenship and was a staunch Republican. As it is Rememberance Sunday today, it is a fitting moment to think of him as well as all the other ex servicemen and women.