Better start dropping him in some Libyan oil and start deep fryin’ that fella…meat can only hold up for so long in a freezer before it starts to taste a little funny.
Almost exactly four years ago on October 25, 2007…I got my first real camera which was a Canon EOS 40D which at the time I paid $1,450 for and it came as a kit. Fast forward…four years to the present and that specific camera is still regarded as a gem and is still on Amazon for $1,185 with the original kit that I had. The camera had only been out for two months when I bought it and I was excited the day the guy from Photovisions called and told me that it had come in. The first night I had it I think it stayed in bed with me and in the morning I didn’t want to go to work because I wanted to play with it so bad, so I didn’t go to work and I went out and played with it haha. All I originally wanted at that time was a hobby to keep me occupied and to keep my mind off of the bullshit that was eating at me every day. I went into it without knowing what I’d really expect as far as if I would still be doing it four years later but at that time I took a few photos and I was instantly hooked. And so, my journey began…
Earn it, live it and love it.
There are massive amounts of “So and So Photography” businesses pouring out of Burlington and Mt. Pleasant that it has become quite ridiculous. It’s crazy because about 5 years ago, this type of thing was unheard of and now it has become a fad of some kind. I am not quite sure what to make of it just yet but I will get around to it. But nothing and I mean nothing pisses me off more than this…
I found this photo on a girls facebook page that works for Amy Bec$%r Photography (i wont put a name in here because my posts are searchable) and below this photo was the caption…
“Thank you daddy!”
So, dad went out and bought you a $3,199 camera with a kit lens or he paid $2,399 for just the body and pitched in another grand or two for the L series lens that is on it in the picture. That my friends is a Canon 5D MKII and it’s not a toy. All of daddy’s money on a camera that you will probably never know how to properly use! Well, I dunno about you but a fella like myself has had to FUCKING bust my FUCKING balls to pay for my own FUCKING equipment!!!!!!! I have rightfully earned the equipment that I have in my camera bag and my dad never had to suck anybody’s cock to get my shit for me. When I seen this I got absolutely irate and pissed off. There is a satisfying feeling when I hold my gear knowing that I earned my way down this path, nobody paved the way for me and I never went to school for photography or never had the fortune of learning from another photographer…I had no mentor…I had no Qui Gon Jinn or no Obi Wan Fucking Kenobi…I did this shit on my own and learned everything I know by myself. Why can’t other people do the same god damn thing?
In a way this kind of stuff works out the best for me because it fires me up and everyone needs a little fuel to throw on a fire. This inspires me to not be like the photographers that I mentioned at the top of this page and drives me even more to separate myself creatively from the rest of the pack. That is why I am now being inspired by the Joker from The Dark Knight…his words are motivating and inspiring because I am set to photograph some controversy. So, I am going to introduce a little anarchy into my body of work. Upset the established order and everything becomes chaos…I am an agent of chaos.
Just watch the video and consider the schemers the pro’s and pro wannabe’s. Oh and piece of shit site, you will have to watch the video on youtube, its worth it lol.
So I am now using a 430 EX II Speedlite Flash with my current camera gear and I must say I should have bought this thing years ago! From just testing it out inside the house in lower lit places it has made a drastic improvement. I will be fully testing it this coming Saturday when I shoot Karly’s fall/birthday pictures. I still need a second lens in my bag and it makes me a tad bit nervous only having one when I have usually had two. I really feel strong about this flash unit completing my body of work and in a way I feel relief and a bit of closure and I know that is hard to understand for someone that is reading this, but I feel that way because I have went for so long struggling with the use of natural light…sure I’ve mastered a lot of it but it has proved to be a difficult journey. In a way I feel liking I am beginning again in photography and flash gives me another opportunity to explore and come up with creative ideas to use in my photos. I am looking forward to the future. 🙂
I feel that things are about to change with my photography after I get my external flash unit. It will give me a chance to master something new and to explore some exciting opportunities. It will now be a whole new ball game and in a way I will be starting over again and I am perfectly ok with that. The flash unit can be mounted on the camera body but I am looking more into using it off camera and with the use of reflectors. Once I get the hang of it all I feel pretty confident that my work will have a more clean and polished look. I should have gotten this flash unit a few years back but I passed on it several times and now I really feel that it will complete everything I have learned. I still need another lens because right now because I am down to only one. I am wanting one prime lens possibly the 85mm 1.8 and a super wide angle lens…maybe a canon 10-22mm….the Sigma version of the canon is close to $400 cheaper so it might be an option as well. So in final I will have one fast prime (85mm 1.8) for portraits, a walk around zoom (tamron 17-50mm 2.8) for anything and a super wide angle for landscape photos (Sigma 10-22mm).