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Why do you take Pictures, Jack?

Why do you take pictures, Jack?

Now that everyone is armed with their own personal camera, I hardly ever get this question anymore.  But back in the early 90s, when I trundled along with my big ol' Canon Elan II 35mm camera, I got the question a lot. I was regarded as a bit of an intruder.  "Why are you taking pictures?", someone would inevitably ask.

Now, you're weird if you don't own a camera. With cameras so small they fit in your front pocket, the question has now become "Why aren't you living on camera... or just memorializing your 168th meal at McDonald's?"  It's a quick form of validation and it speaks perfectly to our narcissism.


But I'm saying this with a little bit of judgment and snarky disapproval.  Sometimes I think the craft is cheapened when everyone regards a photographer as someone who just presses a button and makes a picture. Thing is, even though I take very few pictures of myself, every bit of me is in every picture …

Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls...

So, I'll start off with a recent road trip I took earlier this month to Ithaca, New York. When you're a photog on a budget, sometimes you have to make do with the wonders in your own "backyard".  Fortunately, New York State has a lot going for it besides Manhattan. If you take the time to look, there are some amazing natural wonders that New York offers: The Adirondacks, The Catskills...

And the Finger Lakes. I've been to Skaneateles and Keuka Lake, but this recent go-round, I decided to visit Cayuga Lake and the wonderful Taughannock Falls at Taughannock State Park. I can go on about my impressions of this place, but the pictures will say so much more. (I also came to a philosophical realization that is the subject for another post).

One of the reasons I wanted waterfalls as my subject is because I want to try my new toy: the Fader Neutral Density Filter from LightCraft Workshop. Simply put, ND filters block the amount of light coming through your lens so that y…

The Intro

Welcome, everyone.

Err, it's my first post, so I feel like I'm talking to a virtual empty room, but nonetheless, welcome everyone to my new blog! I'm not sure where this is going to go, it's my journey after all, so rather than prematurely describe this virtual space into a corner, I'll just say that this blog will serve as a journal of sorts. But more than that too.  

I'll definitely talk about my photo stints, share some technical information, tips and tricks, or maybe I'll post a musing, a weird joke or whatever catches my eye and tweaks my fancy.  After all, Facebook doesn't have a monopoly on posting every detail of your life, right? But first and foremost I definitely want to chronicle my evolution into travel photography. For now photography has been a love that I regard as a serious hobby. My stuff sells on stock websites, sure. My portfolio is extensive and I love to talk about where I go and what I do with my gear, so why not chronicle it in…