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The summer eye-opener

This summer I went to the two largest cities in Denmark, Copenhagen (our Capitol) and Aarhus with my wife and daughter. In both cases I were there to let my six year old girl experience these big cities and basically just be a tourist.

Because of this I wanted to travel as light as possible. Nothing is worse than having to drag heavy luggage or backpacks around in a hot, crowded city environment. So I had decided to leave my 6D / 24-105mm L kit at home and only bring a Canon Powershot G16.

The G16 were originally bought as "the wife camera" as my wife thinks a DSLR is way to complex to use, but recognizes that a good camera can produce far better pictures than a camera phone can. ..at least yet.

The G16 seemed like a good camera at the time. It has manual mode, can shoot RAW, is solid and can still be pretty straight forward to use.

In most situations she usually forget about the G16 and uses here smartphone instead, which she often regrets when she sees her pictures on a bigger screen. I hardly ever uses it either as I preferred my 6D.

Anyway, getting back to the point, I decided to bring the G16 thinking it would be light to carry around and still better than my phone and I wasn't going to be explicitly looking for pictures that I could share on Flickr or here on this blog. The pictures would mostly be family snapshots and sightseeing shots.

As the days past and I got more and more familiar with the G16, I got more and more impressed with it. It felt nice to be able to have my camera in the pocket of a hoodie and just pull it out whenever I needed it. It were advanced enough to not be frustrating to use and the pictures turned out great. 

When we got home and I imported the pictures into Lightroom, I were amazed. The quality of the pictures we so much better than I had expected. The difference between what I could achieve with my 6D was there of course, but it wasn't as prominent as I had expected. Yes, the quality is not quite as good, especially in dim light, but overall the pictures were more than useful. Two of them actually ended up in my Flickr photostream (also shown in this post).

It has really been an eye-opening experience. My skills as a photographer is beginning to be a heavy factor when taking pictures and because of this the choice of camera becomes less important. And that kind of made me think (or rethink) if I really needed or wanted to keep on dragging that big old DSLR around?

Or would I be better of selling everything to finance a Fuji X-Pro 2 and a couple of good lenses?

I sincerely don't know, and part of me wonders if this is just my G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) trying to lure me into buying new stuff.

For the moment I think I will keep the DSLR, but at some point I think I will allow myself to give in, break all my minimalist believes and buy a more light kit. Maybe that will end up as af deadly blow for my DSLR stuff, but if I can get by with less, without feeling that the gear is holding me down, then who cares about sensor sizes, red rings and all that jazz?


A struggle I know

I just read this essay by Stephanie Vozza about turning of the TV, in my Pocket, which I would recommend reading, even though it isn't photography related.

I am not really much of a TV watching person myself and can go for days without turning on the TV, but I have noticed, just as Stephanie Vozza describes, that once you actually do so, it is very addictive and very hard to turn off again.

Still, I try to keep my TV watching habits in check, for two main reasons: first of all because I think most of the nonsense that are shown on TV is a total waste of time. Second, I already struggle to find time for all the things I want to do. Go out and take photos, read books, post process photos and so on. 

With all these activities constantly crying for my attention, it really wouldn't make much sense to spend two or three hours of TV.

But it is a struggle, especially when I am tired or if something catches my attention when my wife is watching TV.

Still I try to keep the time wasted at an absolute minimum, and when I succeed I am always amazed how little I am missing and how calm I feel inside.

To me, that shows that it is a struggle worth continuing and even though I have relapses from time to time I am still striving for less and less time wasted in front of the TV.

If you too struggle to find precious time slots in your spare time, maybe you should try turning the TV of as well? Maybe try it for a week or two and see how you like it.


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