Snow falling, wind blowing, and children singing. The holidays are here and 2014 is coming to an end. At my son's holiday concert, I positioned myself off the side with my Nikon Df and captured these wonderful moments of his childhood. To my left, modern photographic techniques were on display. Forget film; even my digital workflow seems archaic and slow compared to how most photographs are made today.
This coming year will be the tenth year I've been blogging. Ten years! With this on my mind, I recently spent some time going back through the archives of The Daily Grind and 196bpm, reading a bit of my older material. In so doing, I noticed one thing in particular - and it was shocking! For a long time, a lot of what I blogged about was the same content repeated over and over! I was horrified; certainly I was more creative than that! It turns out it wasn't exactly the same content... It's just that year after year I was repeating a very similar routine. A post from November 2006, for example, was strikingly similar to a post I wrote in November 2009. Three years passed and November was November! I never really noticed the similarities because, taken one at a time, each blog post made sense relative to its neighboring post. I do remember, though, a period back in 2010 when I felt that my writing was becoming a little stale. I remember craving a break from The Daily Grind (both the blog and the actual triathlon training). For those of you who have known me for a while, or at least, for those of you who started following my blog from somewhere in the late 2000s, you likely have noticed a shift in focus between the first five years and these latter five years. This post tells the story of how I almost quit writing altogether and how my running, cycling, and triathlon training blog transformed itself into what it is today, Words & Colors.Read More
And cold was the ground. Frozen rain pelted the side of the house against the subtle sound of migrating geese somewhere off in the distance. It was cold and damp, but I grabbed my camera regardless and headed outside to explore the darkened dreamscapes that lay just beyond my door. Branches bowed heavy from the fatigue of the on-again, off-again snow they've endured thus far this winter. Water streamed in rivulets from the twisting limbs, turning to droplets at their tips and freezing in place.Read More
In Part I of this article, I began with an admission of my addiction to the pursuit of finding the perfect camera bags, and then detailed one company that knows how to make an incredible product for outdoor adventure photography, But when it comes to walking around town or simply carrying small amounts of gear from place to place, I've yet to find an equally impressive offering from anyone other than Crumpler. In this second part of my article on camera bags, I'll remark on what makes Crumpler my go-to bag for light loads and quick grabs.Read More
Sometimes I don't have the words to go with a photo. Or is it that some photos shouldn't have words, else they risk shifting the viewer's interpretation of the image? Either way, this one is nondescript.
I admit it. I have a serious problem with cameras bags. In fact, some might call it an addiction. This could be because I'm an absolute perfectionist. It could also be partly because I'm obsessive about technology. But, mostly, I find myself in continual pursuit of the perfect bag because so few companies actually get it right. The result from a combination of these things is that I have tried virtually every camera bag product offering out there. Sport bags, casual bags, homemade bags, one-off bags, European bags. You name it. And while I own a handful of cameras, I have owned (and often promptly returned or sold) five times that number of camera bags. All for the sake of trying to find any that are actually good. To this day, I have yet to find one company that does it all. To be fair, I have two distinctly different categories of camera bag needs. On the one hand, I require a highly-functional, outdoor, backpack-style bag for days when I'm outdoors shooting nature and landscapes. I also prefer this style of bag for traveling, and for long days of shooting in the city. On the other hand, there are days where I just want to grab my camera gear while on my way out the door and take a more casual appearance. Thus, in addition to my outdoor pack, I need a robust, well-conceived, causal walk-around bag. In all my searching, there are two companies that I think DO get it right in each of these respective categories, each producing excellent quality, highly-functional, and great looking camera bags. In this two-part article, I will offer my thoughts on what sets each company apart from all the others in their respective categories, beginning with F-Stop Gear.Read More