My Dad was telling me about when he was a photographer this evening when I stopped by my parents house. He was in the military in Germany in the late 50s. He told me he traded a motorcycle for a nice camera. A 35mm camera one that had all the cool gadgets with it, like light meters and meters to tell you how far to stand from the subject and about how difficult it was to learn. He also said he could "stop" the blades on a helicopter that was flying. He was a helicopter repairman in the post-Korea, Cold War military of the 1950s.
This photo was taken right after I picked up the new camera, I had to go home and get my 7D and my gear and lenses. It didnt' come with a lens. The sunset was going to be beautiful and I wanted to hurry back out.
But in the early 80s when I was a small child it was always my Mother with the camera. She had a nice 35mm camera, which I was the subject of quite a few photo albums. So, perhaps lots of us go through this phase in our life with the desire to capture great images.
In technological years a three year old camera is getting old; I've been beginning to have the nagging worry about what I would do if this camera were to "die." I would clearly lock myself in a room and rock in a corner and weep.
I had made an impulse purchase from a friend off of a local buy, sell, trade page this evening. I purchased a gently used Canon T3i camera. Which is a few steps down from the 7D that I purchased in 2011. But this is two years newer than my 7D, so the technology is almost as good. The sensor isn't as large and that is the main difference that I can see.
I love how the light dances off of the grass as the sun is setting.
This sunset is directly across the road from where I took this shot below last night.
It was a lovely sunset. I have been busy looking for work, along with trying to focus more energy on photography as a business.
Technology is a fascinating thing. Something that three years ago was a few thousand dollars today is a couple of hundred dollars. There is still this desire to have the best equipment because we believe that it will make us better photographers. But, technological innovations have a limit. I want a full frame camera but the new ones come with wifi and gps. I don't need a camera that does that. I want a camera for the images that I will edit. I will never upload directly to the internet from a camera. I make the images neutral and I edit them.
I want to learn more about graphic design. But, I'm starting with a simple web-based program. While I have access to the Adobe cloud, I am not ready to use it for graphics.
I have been working on graphics and advertising type materials. OklahomaJoy.Com
I did get my facebook page name changed: Oklahoma Joy Photography
So if you need some portraits- give me a call.