I’ve always been interested in dream travel: dreams as travel; travel as dreaming; particular travels across particular dreams.Continue reading
A pop-up gourmet restaurant experience: The best local food, just harvested, prepared on-site, in a long-table setting.Continue reading
Unlike the poem, which requires you add everything before you can think about removing things, the photograph achieves through reduction.Continue reading
Working as a poet, I spend a lot of my time chasing dreams. Literally. Sometimes I write poems about a childhood I never had.Continue reading
An opportunity came to visit the Bay Area, where my boy and his family live, which was too good to pass on.Continue reading
No vacation is ever really without adversity, or it wouldn’t be a vacation. You’d be dead.Continue reading
I know worrying about my style is unnecessary energy. But fighting what you feel is just as bad.Continue reading
Deep in the ways I don’t understand this place is a kernel of something.Continue reading
When I leave my house these days, I have a camera on my back.
It’s big, heavy, “serious” DSLR, usually with a big, serious, heavy lens on it. I like the heft. I like identifying with something that size for a number of reasons, but basically:
- It helps me feel important and professional, and
- It tends to startle strangers into making real expressions.
A “serious” DSLR, with a serious lens on it is problematic, too. If I see something cool, I have to take my backpack off and haul this big, “serious,” heavy contraption out. Granted, this contraption is a bazillion times more powerful than the most exciting dream-contraption in the young Eastman-Kodak engineer’s eye, in 1/10th the size.
And I do love my contraption. With weather-sealing and an autofocus system that didn’t over-promise, I’d call it perfect. The 6D is the lightest full-frame DSLR in the world. It’s a very compelling camera on my back. And there are packs with side-access. Even so, it doesn’t lend itself to spontaneity.
And the game is changing.
Just as we lived through a shift from SLR to digital SLR, we may be watching the end of the SLR era. While Sony and Fuji are cranking out “mirrorless” cameras at an alarming clip, and veteran photographers are crowing about them, Nikon and Canon are singing the cameras’ swan song.
And in addition to all their technical marvels, these mirrorless contraptions are much, much smaller. So were I to jump ship from Canon, I’d still haul the same big lens, and an adapter for it, but a mirrorless camera of comparable ability shaves almost half the weight, in ⅔ the footprint. Compelling.
Of course, there’d be no post if there weren’t moments I did stop, pull the camera out, compose, and shoot. So onward, ever onward.
When I got back to town, I saw something new. Okay, more different than new.Continue reading
My mother’s cousin, Gina, was dying. She knew this. We knew this. She’d been making her peace with the aggressive return of an aggressive cancer for over a year.Continue reading
There’s photography. And then there’s studio photography. One of these things is surprisingly not like the other.Continue reading