So its been a while since I’ve posted. Sorry about that. Sometimes life gets in the way of fun. I’ve been training for a new position at Big Red and its a bit all-consuming. Lots of paperwork and systems to learn. I don’t want to talk to much about it because I’m trying to separate my work from this blog. Maybe later.
I ran into an old customer the other day in the Target store. It was nice to see him again and he said very flattering things about me to my wife. All of which I disavowed. He expressed the desire to go to a ‘real’ camera store, but there were none locally. He was going to travel to Denver or Salt Lake City to look for new stuff. We parted and Jen and I walked by Targets camera counter. Lots of people there looking for Christmas gifts. Most of the cameras are of the point and shoot type. The clerks were busy in the pit talking to all of the customers, telling them about cameras they have never used, telling them about styles of photography they have never experienced. Today we went to Best Buy for a few gifts. Their camera section was also busy. Best Buy has a few more choices in the upper end of cameras. All tethered to displays and a few extra lenses locked underneath plexiglass. Ask for help and hope it is someone with experience.
It is unfair for me to dig on the big box stores and their camera counters. The camera companies chose them to be their retailers after all. (Read the very first post way at the bottom for a full understanding of these changes.) But it is not unfair for me to feel a bit nostalgic for a real local camera store. I think there is a big hole in the local community without a prosperous camera store. Supporting local clubs and schools. Teaching and selling. Donating and giving away. If you have one of these in your community, support it as best you can.
I sold all of my equipment a few months back. I haven’t picked up my camera gear in years and decided to sell it all before the prices dropped so much they weren’t valuable at all. So now Ive been coveting cameras. I have been using my iPhone to great success. But it is limited in scope and capability. I would love to have the Leica M9 with 2 or 3 lenses, but just look at those prices! I have been reading a lot about the new group of mirror less cameras. The Fuji x100 interested me for awhile. But it has only one lens. I am currently infatuated with the Nikon 1. The V model with the 10-30 and 30-110 lens. If you go to Kirk Tucks site he says nice things about it, and reviews on the photo sites are encouraging. So maybe later. It might be fun to get back into photography in this limited way.
Walked downtown the other day and noticed that local photographer Rob Kurtzman and a local painter are opening a gallery downtown in the 500 block. It is right next to the Colorado Public Radio office and the Italian Bistro on the corner. The sign says they will offer classes and such. I really hope they are successful. Didn’t have time to go into the new art gallery on Main St. Has anyone else?
So Merry Christmas to all of my 20 daily readers. I hope to post before Christmas again, but you know, life gets in the way sometimes!