I find it difficult to believe that January is almost over. Generally speaking, I can’t remember having actually done anything except eat, sleep, and read. I certainly haven’t done a lot photographically. The month has been a blur of inactivity. With near unanimity, each of the past 30 days has melted seamlessly into the next, each has been just as cold and bleak as the last, and nearly all have been characterized by a gray, perpetual twilight. And not just here in western New York. It’s the entire eastern half of the country (just ask the folks in Atlanta and Charleston). Although the last 3 days have offered a small amount of relief.
To liberally quote Frank Herbert, “the sleeper has awakened”. At least temporarily. We have, you see, had 3 consecutive visible sunrises, followed by actual daytime sunshine. Right here in Rochester. Any local meteorologist will tell you that that is indeed a rare event. Clouds are the norm. Sunshine is not. But for these 3 days it hasn’t looked like twilight at noon. It’s still kind of chilly, but at least you don’t have to turn your lights on when you go to the store at 11:00 in the morning. But don’t get too excited. That all ended late yesterday. The clouds (and maybe snow) have returned. So maybe I’ll go back to hibernating (which means sitting in a comfortable chair with a good book). But it was fun while it lasted. I still haven’t done much photography-wise, but I did manage to check out some blogs and at least think about picking up the camera. That’s progress of a sort. If there was anything worth photographing around here in January I might have gone out.
In my temporary wakened state I did, however, notice a few folks making some noise about camera manufacturers in the photographic blogosphere. These particular people seemed to be defending Nikon. I didn’t dig too deep so I’m not sure why they were tooting Nikon’s horn (other than the fact that they owned Nikon gear), but I found it a little strange. I honestly thought that those discussions of “who’s best” had gone the way of the moderate Republican. Generally speaking, there is no “best” today. They all work just fine. In terms of image quality you really can’t tell one from the other. Nikon = Canon = Olympus = Panasonic = Sony and on and on. In my opinion, it boils down to which one feels best in your hands. Which one you feel most comfortable carrying around. All the rest is nonsense. They all make perfectly good images, even on the printer. No matter what the print size (unless, of course, you routinely make posters).
Truth is, all of those camera makers aren’t making any money. The parent companies are, but the camera divisions aren’t. And sales are declining. Nearly half of all picture makers today are using smart phones. Just my opinion, but I think the large DSLR’s are going to disappear. Soon. There’s just no reason to buy a new, big camera. Unless you like carrying around a lot of useless weight. Personally, I don’t.
OK. This wakefulness is beginning to wear off. And that’s a good thing here in Webster (where they say life is worth living, except maybe for the nearly constant power failures this town endures all year long – Baghdad probably has a better record of keeping the lights on than we do). Makes it easier to sleep, though.