Sunday, June 10, 2012

Thoughts as I approach twenty-five

Updated 'diary' with a four-page entry titled "Thoughts as I approach twenty-five".

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The Desert Father Anthony said, "In whatever place you live, do not easily leave it."

It was a thought-provoking discussion that I 'eavesdropped' on in YL today: the young father wondering what the SLR advantage really was, and being so taken by the 60 fps ability of the Nikon1. It was a wise and true answer that the young staff dude gave: DSLR advantage is in the sensor size—larger sensor, finer detail.

But people don't need that sort of detail anymore, I realise, not in an age where 'big screen' means desktop monitor. APS-C (consumer DSLR) sensors are more than big enough for that. As for frame rate, my medium format takes probably a few seconds to nail one shot, and it takes eight frames per... second? No—per roll!

As I approach 25, I want to stop flirting and start seriously working on things that will last. It's not the norm in an instant, quick-change society, but Mich says I'm "safe from ever living a normal life". And maybe I can live with that, after all.

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Is it written in the stars
Are we paying for some crime
Is that all that we are good for
Just a stretch of mortal time

Is this God's experiment
In which we have no say
In which we're given paradise
But only for a day

Elton John and Tim Rice, 'Written in the Stars'

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