posted on Jan, 8 2022 @ 06:43 AM
Lately, I've just become so saturated with the whole covid discussion, and the billions of permutations of the same, that I've been trying to post
some stuff which is non-covid related. I hope you won't mind. ...
This topic has nothing to do with the Chi-Com Floo, but rather about photography and cameras in particular.
About a 2 weeks ago I ordered my first Nikon camera. This is significant because historically, I've always been a loyal Canon guy, but secretly
I've always loved Nikons. I guess I'm a 'closet Nikon guy' (is that even a thing??). Over the years, I've probably purchased tens of thousands
of dollars worth of Canon gear, or Canon compatible gear (i.e. lenses, etc). As an amateur photographer, I've been able to take some really nice
pictures, and even some wall hangers. Most of my photography pursuits have been landscape and nature photography (both macro and wide angle). I've
traveled the World in my line of work, many times in fact, and I figured out early on that I probably should get a decent camera to take pictures of
my travels. Canon was my selection. There was a period of 4-5 years where I probably spent as much time in the air as I did on the ground, and at
last count I've been to about 73 countries on 4 continents. I documented it all, much of it on film cameras (which is a whole other post).
Somehow, I always felt like something was missing from my photographs, that 'Holy Grail' of a certain look I saw in my mind, but couldn't quite
capture on film. Sure, I got really close, but I never got quite "there". I have a good friend who is a semi-pro photographer (mostly travel and
art photography, and all B&W). Because of our line of work, he traveled to many of the same places I did, at the same times. He was a mentor of
sorts when it came to photography, but it was also frustrating to see him capture that "thing" you saw in your mind's eye that I couldn't seem to
capture on film. I have long told myself to never let myself fall into the trap of thinking that the camera makes the photographer. In other words,
that a certain type or brand of camera will magically make one a better photographer. My friend was big on this mantra also. He shot exclusively
with Nikons. He never had anything negative to say about Canon, but he shot with Nikons only.
I'd taken some pictures with some Nikons in the past, and for some dang reason those pictures just came out fantastic, and I couldn't get my Canons
to do the same thing. (but dude! It's NOT the camera...it's YOU!), I told myself.
Well, I finally broke the mold and left the Canon camp and went to Nikon (at least for some testing on a long-term basis). My Nikon took longer to
get here than it should have (another whole story about FedEx, for another time). It finally showed up yesterday. Now, with any of these new cameras
you usually wind up spending the first day just reading the manual and learning about the camera. The new Nikon was no different, but in short order
I was able to start playing around with it. ...
MY GAWD!! I can't even believe it! Within probably about 2-3 hours I was taking shots which I could never get with any of my Canons! And I mean
seriously too! The tones and textures were fantastic, and the sharpness is just unparalleled!
I'd gone ahead and purchased some really "fast" lenses for the new Nikon just so once I learned the camera I could start taking some low light and
also some really artsy shots. After I got comfortable with the camera in general, I switched out the stock Nikon lens for one of these 'fast'
lenses. This particular lens is a 50mm f0.95 lens and also a f1.2 lens in 55mm, also a prime lens. Within minutes, I was absolutely STUNNED! I've
NEVER taken pictures like that! I was just shooting random stuff around the house, and practically every one of these shots was a 'million dollar'
shot (even though they were of nothing in particular)!
And the ease at which all of this happened was also pretty shocking. It took me weeks to learn my way around my latest Canon, and I had this camera
pretty well under control in a couple hours. Now granted, I do know my way around cameras, and my Canon experience made me know what to look for, but
still it was pretty amazing. I shoot almost all my photography from completely manual settings. That, or Aperture Priority. I rarely use any of the
'auto' features on a camera anymore. I used to use those auto features when I first started out, but now I have so much more control over
Anyway, I still believe that the camera doesn't make the photographer (the lens might, but not the camera), but I have to say, yesterdays experiences
with the Nikon have given me a little pause on that mantra! No, actually a whole lot of pause, even to the point of wondering if I should regret not
having picked up a Nikon far earlier in my travel days.
Oh well, what is done is done; water under the bridge so to speak, but I thought I'd share my experiences.
P.S. Oh, and did I mention that this thread is NOT Wu-Flu related???