Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hobbies



I am a man of passions. When I get into something, I dont ever just do it halfway....I want the whole enchilada! My latest spicy interest is photography. Its always been a interest of mine, but now that I have a real "big boy" camera I have upped the ante.

I took a class on digital SLR photography and learned that my trusty cheap tripod was a embarrassment to the photography world. With head hung low....I asked what would please the shutter gods....Photo #3 is what I came up with after a long search. A Manfrotto tripod with a joystick ball head. ( easy....all of you beavis and butthead fans!) Its a great versatile tripod that really gives me tons of options to take steady shots from any angle.

Pics 1 & 2 are of my new camera bag/backpack. Its the Tamrac Expedition 5 bag. If you look it up on line...it way too much for what I would want to spend on a bag. But.....I used the patient route. Ebay. I found it for an astounding $80! Its a great bag and it even has straps to hold my tripod if I feel like getting all Ansel Adams and taking a stroll into the woods for some nature stuff! It holds all of the gear I could ever want and is very well constructed. I should have this bag for a long time.

And the final pic. My Guitar. I still am using it, it still is a work in progress. I plan on taking some more classes and making some more progress.

Its really like all hobbies. They exist so you can enjoy something that you know you probably wont make a living at, but still love doing it. I have many of these kind of things.....but at the moment, I am a geeeetar playing shutterbug!


6 comments:

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

yes you are a man of many passions, keep strummin that guitar

Anonymous said...

I still think you secretly wear your black socks with shorts around the house though... maybe sneaking out into the back yard after the sun sets! Gotta love your enthusiasm and gusto!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mike:

Great post!!! Pictures are crisp and your verbage EXCELLENT!

I have used a number of your nature shots already in my VCD's and they look FANTASTIC...

Pack up that Tamarack "Ansel" and head out; I am anxious to see your new pic's...

Keep up the enthusiasm and I know you will not fall into the category of "A Jack of All Trades and Master of None"... I know my son and when he enters the arena it is "Katie Bar the Door"... He will explore it, learn it, practice it and master it!

I am so very proud of you, dad

August said...

I want a big girl camera and to have time for guitar lessons again. I'm stuck on the same old songs :( Good to see you're finding time for yours my friend!

Lori said...

OK...who is jealous? Yep, that would be me! I have a tripod...somewhere, but I continue to hang onto my old 35mm and try to keep the old girl steady.

Glad to see you are renewing and updating your passions. Bravo, my friend!

Karl K said...

Hey, this means its time for a shoot off. You and your toys... (heh ha heh ha ha)...

Me with mine. Wait, I need to buy a better camera then!

But I'm in Cloudy town now... and not too far to travel, for a click off.