In my much younger days I had a serious camera (an OM-1 from Olympus) which I loved. And I greatly enjoyed using it to do more than merely record the passing world. Then came kids and the digital world and like Dads everywhere, I became a mere serial recorder of the events quickly drifting by. Get the shot(s) and move on.
A year ago I decided I wanted to reconnect with photography in a way that used to bring me great satisfaction. I bought a serious yet still modest intro camera, an Olympus OM-D E10 mirrorless micro 4/3, with a few excellent lenses and I am off rediscovering that world. (Pro tip: lenses are SO much more important than the camera body. Invest in glass, not electronics)
Having reclaimed those gear credentials, I will point out that a lot of pictures here will come from my trusty and ever present iPhone. A camera won’t take good pictures if you don’t have it on you and at the ready. In that vein, an iPhone sometimes cannot be beat. It really isn’t about the gear.
And a word about iPhone cameras, and most likely other smartphones too. Any camera is all about choice, choices for how it is to be used and what sorts of pictures it will usually take. There is no best camera for everything. The iPhone is very much optimized to do one thing very well: take photos mainly of people nearby (selfies) that are going to be shared in social media and then viewed on yet another phone. It turns out that this isnt such a bad description of what a lot of blogging photos require. So no snobbery here. The iPhone isn’t a bad choice for many shots.
One of the main reasons for this blog is to share all of this. Sorry, but true. After all, we really don’t take photos to just keep to ourselves. And I am not on Facebook, mercifully. This is my version of making you look at my photo albums as if you are invited over under the pretext of sharing a nice dinner.
So, many posts here are going to involve many pictures.
This one was taken at Upper Antelope Canyon outside Page AZ, April 2018 with a tripod and an exposure somewhere around 30 seconds. Everyone else was paying attention to the guy dribbling sand in a waterfall when I looked straight up, pointed my lense up to this hole on the slot canyon rooftop and set an exposure I hoped would work. Luck was with me.
More like this will grace these pages, I hope.