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Penis envy is a strange thing; and it seems to be something that affects photographers particularly...
There's always something lacking with the equipment you have...
There's the "I don't have one of those" type of envy.
Be careful of this one. If you've never had "one of those" it probably means you don't really understand all of the consequences ownership comes with. At the very least you'll probably also have to buy some other specialized stuff to store/carry/clean it correctly. And even if you know what it does, that doesn't mean you know how to use it to best effect...
There's the "color bias" type of envy.
The perceived need for the "professional White (L) Version." Paying for professional is really expensive... And quite often a regular version will do the job just as well.
And then there's the "embarrassed at the public shower" type of envy.
The "mine's not big enough" or "his is bigger" thing. It's not all about size. It's about picking the right tool for the job (at lea ...
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Well, I think I have crossed over to the other side... I am no longer an enthusiast. I think I now safely qualify as a lunatic.
Yesterday was a holiday and I decided to go take some pictures....never mind that it's almost winter and I don't have heat in the house yet. I've been working on the house too much, I deserved a break.
I decided I'd go someplace "new", the Edwin B. Forsythe wildlife preserve.....180 miles away! We don't get shore birds where I live.
So I got up at 3:30 am after 4-1/2 house of sleep and drove 3 hrs to get there at sunrise. I spent 7 hours taking pictures (looking for opportunities is more like it) and then drove 5 hrs home (philly sucks!).
All in all I took about 75 pictures...about 25 made it onto the computer....15 hours for 25 pics, maybe 6 of which are pretty good. I think that qualifies!
I saw quite a bit of activity..Peregrines (no good pics), Norther Harriers (no good pics), Bald Eagle (no good pics), Terns (no good pics), Ospreys (maybe 2 good pics) ...
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I had never captured a great picture of a Green Heron in flight. I had good pictures of Green Herons just standing around. And I know a spot where they occasionally fly by, but I had never gotten the shot.
I've talked about my lack of patience in the I Hate Tripods post And it's this lack of patience that had prevented me from getting the shot I so desired.
Well, this time I was determined!
I decided I would dedicate an entire day to it if necessary. So I grabbed my gear, drove to the lake, walked to the location, set up my tripod, and I waited.
Now, when it comes to standing around waiting, I'm not very good at it.
I'm like the child playing outfield during a practice T-ball game.
Spin around looking at the sky.
Put my glove on my head.
Look at the flowers.
Try to find a four leaf clover.
Chase a bug.
And maybe a little song and dance....
But this was serious! And I was serious, so I was good.
I stayed focused. I didn't chase any bugs. I didn't do anything but wait for th ...
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Understanding this fact has really improved my life and it can improve yours as well.
I came to this bit of knowledge quite by accident.
It was a cloudy rainy day and I was sitting on the porch with my wife.
It went something like this:
me: "You know, I really should sell some of my camera stuff I never use."
"Why do you have so many camera bags anyways?"
me: "I'm not getting rid of any camera bags!"
"Bags are like purses."
No sooner had the words left my mouth when the clouds parted, a brilliant beam of light shone upon us, and we were overcome by a feeling of peace and tranquility!
Because we UNDERSTOOD each other!
Let me explain:
If you are a owner of purses partnered with a photographer, I don't know why you are reading this but think of it this way:
You need a large purse when you need to bring a lot of stuff with you.
You need a smaller purse when you want to carry less.
You need a nicer purse for more formal situations.
You need a ...
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I hate them!
And I hate them for a lot of reasons.
THEY ARE EXPENSIVE!
Why are they so expensive? I don't know. It's just some aluminum or carbon fiber tubing. It must be a supply and demand thing. Maybe if more of you would buy decent tripods the price would come down. Currently, if it's cheap; it's crap.
THEY ARE HEAVY!
This I get...you want to support heavy gear you need heavy gear...But damn! Add a 10 pound tripod to my 17 pound camera and lens combo and it's almost 30 pounds!
Now I have to bring my wife along just to help me carry the stuff!
THEY ARE AWKWARD!
When I'm carrying the setup, because my wife got tired, I tend to smack her in the head or the shins every time I turn to "look around". My wife's not very cheerful about carrying my gear when her shins hurt.
THEY ARE SLOW!
"Oh please Mr. Bird...don't swallow that fish until I get set up."
It takes SEVERAL MINUTES to set up a tripod properly. If the legs are already extended you might get lucky and be able to get it h ...
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