Should You Purchase That Gear Or Travel To That Place?

I’ve been thinking about gear and travel lately and exactly what I need/want.

There is a pile of gear that I want…..really want. Like the new Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. Oh man, would I like that. But it’s expensive. The last price I saw here in Edmonton was $2600.00CA. That would pay for my family’s return flight to California! Add to that the price of the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS at $1500.00CA and that pays for our hotel rooms. And the Canon 1D Mark IV at $5100.00CA, well that purchase alone would pay for the whole trip.

What is more important a couple of lenses that will still be available when my kids are older, or that family vacation while the kids still want to do those kinds of things? Sorry gear heads, I must go with the family vacation. The gear I have is more than enough. A Canon 50D, the Nifty Fifty and a Tamron 18-270mm are perfect for any photography I plan to do for the near future. My kids will only be kids for a short time.

It’s funny, I’ve been thinking about this the last few days and today I read a post from the Digital Photography School about this very thing. It’s entitled Buy Less Gear: Travel and Experience More. Funny how karma works isn’t it. Photography isn’t about gear it’s about vision. Sure the gear is part of it but seeing the light and visualizing the photograph you want to make is much more important that the gear. Knowing your existing gear inside and out and knowing the basic techniques of photography will go a lot farther by far than any new camera body and lenses will ever take you.

Sorry Canon, I won’t be getting those 2 lenses or the 1D Mark IV just yet but one day I just may. Of course if you would like to donate them too me I would do my best to use them to their full potential. 🙂


Black Fridge Panel + Photography = Cool.

When we bought our new house last summer, the previous owners left some items behind. One of the items was a couple of fridge panels, black on one side, white on the other and very shiny. I have been having a blast with the one I took to work and put on my table. It’s right beside a great big window. I get great light there.

I guess I just want to thank them for leaving their garbage behind. One man’s trash is another man’s photo gear!

Here are some samples.

154.365 Reflective Panel.

155.365 Nifty Fifty Reflective.

161.365 New Thumb Drive

169.365 Ginger Snaps

168.365 Silica Gel

Reflected Cup.


154.365 Reflective Panel.

Thursday June 3 2010.

I have this metal fridge panel painted white on one side and black on the other, very reflective. It’s about 2′ x 2′ and is perfect for product photography with smaller items where I want a cool reflection.

It is beyond a doubt the best thing the previous owners of our house left behind. They left 2 of them. One for home and one for work. 🙂

154.365 Reflective Panel.


146.365 Best…Mug…Ever.

Wednesday May 26 2010.

My Canon 70-200mm Thermal Mug has finally arrived! How cool is that? It’s thermal properties are…let’s just say…not so good. But who cares! This will be my mug from now on. It will go to work around the house and to the lake.

Now given that I’m very easily entertained, expect to see about a million photos of this mug in my stream. LOL.

146.365 Best...Mug...Ever.