Ok, I admit it I’m a serial killer, I have killed more camera’s than I care to admit. My first killing was still the most memorable. I had scrimped and saved every penny for a Nikon F3 and the very first time I pulled it from my faithful Domke it went overboard and was tragically buried at sea.
I’m not a photographer by any means, i’m a point and shooter. I never Photoshop anything although I do digitally process my images on very rare occasions. It may be semantics, but the difference between Photoshop and digital processing is the same deference between being pro and armature, or being paid or not.
In the last few years I have killed my Canon G-9, G-10, G-11. G-12 , G13, and G14. I have killed a Nikon D5000, and D5100 and even My D90. The odd thing is that I baby my gear as much as I can but my life is more dangerous to my gear now than it was when I lived in a war zone. Water is everywhere, beneath my feet, it falls from the sky and comes from every direction. Boats are rough wet places and things get banged bumped and bruised.
I carry my camera with me 24/7/365, I never know what will be happening but if my camera isn’t there it doesn’t matter. I haven’t taken a contract in over 10 years which is why its so important to have the camera with me. Most of my writing is born from my images, not the opposite.
I take well over 10,000 images a year but the truth is I haven’t printed a photograph since before the turn of the century. Because I only use my images digitally or for print publication image quality is no longer an issue, any 8-10 meg image processor will do, functionality and manual controls on the other had are very important to me. If I can expose the image properly in the camera I don’t have to waste my time processing leaving more time for the fun stuff.
I try and keep my images simple, almost mundane, I’m not trying to sell 10,000 units of XYZ with my images, I’m only trying to realistically portray snap shots of life as I see it.
I have been scrimping and saving for a new Nikon D610 and now its out but I’m not getting it. My photography mentor Adam Nash has been kicking my ass every day not to get it. My philosophy has always been to have the best, you never know when you will get that one in a million image. He has taken it further by challenging me to shooting with only a 50mm lens. I know it can be done as I spent an entire year as a photojournalist shooting nothing but my Leica with a 50 on it. I shot sports, spot news, candid’s, wax fruit and did dozens of death watches and never missed a single shot.
When I purchased my Nikon D90 in 2008 it was a revolutionary camera that forever changed the world of digital photography. It was good enough for me then so what has changed. On Sunday I will make the long pilgrimage to Seattle to pick up a nice new, used D90 and a 50mm 1.8 and the rest will be history. With all the money I am saving I am considering ending my 4 year boycott of cars, buying a Ferrari and living in it for a year to film a documentary on the absolute absurdity of Americans and their spending habits. Which is more absurd, me buying a Ferrari to live in that I can afford to pay cash for or millions of Americans buying economy cars on time that they cant afford that cost more than my Italian sports car. Massive mortgage debt, credit cards, everything is bought on time payments. Will we ever learn?
Today is day one, I’m headed to my tree house in the boatyard to start taking some notes and work on upcoming writing projects, it feels good to be free again. As usual I will share it all through the lens.
“True rebels hate their own rebellion. They know by experience that it is not a cool and glamorous lifestyle; it takes a courageous fool to say things that have not been said and to do things that have not been done.”