Okay, I know, everyone is doing best of decade posts, but I couldn’t resist. The last decade gave us some great gear and while many of you know I switched full time to Olympus more than three years ago, I actually started using Olympus Micro Four Thirds gear long before that.
A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and bought the new 16-inch MacBook Pro to use as my road computer. I really didn’t want to do it. It is expensive and still has the dreaded Touch Bar on top of the keyboard which I not only find useless, it’s downright infuriating. But more on that in a minute.
I want to share just how precious each millimeter of each frame of each photograph is to me.
When I first put my eye up to the camera, each and every time, I am reminded of what it felt like to be a little boy opening a Christmas gift. It still feels that way. I get lost in the viewfinder and many human infirmities simply seem to disappear.
I like this photograph. I really like it. But it will probably never sell. That’s a problem for me since I earn income from my bird photography. It’s a very demanding genre. In bird photography, things have to be absolutely perfect to sell, because no matter how good my shot is, there is someone who has a slightly better shot.
Use a circular polarizer to bring out the best colors and to better see the clouds. I use the Breakthrough Photography X2 Circular Polarizer. It is hands-down, the best value for the money given the fact that it has state-of-the-art glass and technology backed by a 25-year guarantee.
What a month. I am a lucky guy. I have no idea what in the world I did to deserve the honor, thrill and privilege that I received this month. I got to do something most serious photographers only dream of. I got paid to spend ALL of my time doing exactly what I love, in a place I respect, with people I enjoy and subjects I revere.
I had more spare time this year as a result of finishing my work at Skylum, so I decided to drive to Socorro, NM from my home in the Seattle area. I drove the “work truck,” that is, my 2019 RAM Rebel which I have converted into my photo mobile.
It’s a little bit weird for me to write this review because the oldest photo accessory I have is the Walkstool Comfort. I have used one for decades. It’s basically a portable stool. Since I spend so much time in the wild, just waiting on a bird, it’s nice to be able to take a load off.