Computer vs. Art

I’ve always known that my W-4 was inaccurate and I always get a tax refund from IRS every year. So even before knowing how much the refund will be for last year tax return, I was already thinking what I can use those money for (apart from saving it).

Initially, I was biasing towards getting a new PC laptop. I know, I should get a G5 but my blogging software, TypeWriter, is acquiring interests from important quarter. So I have been, and will be, doing a lot of development work on my PC laptop. And thus a new laptop make sense and will make my life easier.

Then came the Weblog Review on this blog. It gave me pauses to think about my priority with regard to my hobby. Photography has been my hobby for a few years now but I have not been able to do that last year due to the unpredictable work schedule. However, with my new job and its stability, I can renew my photography hobby again.

Along with ample encouragement from Leah, I’ve decided it is the right time for me to start again and getting a digital camera will be the first step. I’ve been resisting the urge to go digital for a long time. I’ve even bought a film scanner couple of years ago so I’ll have a way to digitise my slides/negatives. But now the technology has finally matured to the point that I feel my investment won’t be wasted.

So the new PC laptop is replaced by a DSLR. Since I’ve already owned three lenses from Canon naturally I am considering Canon’s DSLR. First on my list is the EOS-10D, which has all the features and functionality that my film body, EOS30/Elan7E has. This means it will take me no time to learn how to use the 10D and exploit its potentials.

I’ve also researched into the EOS Digital Rebel/300D which has the same 6MP sensor that the 10D has. However the build, feature, and functionality set the Digital Rebel has really doesn’t match up with my expectation despite the price.

Now, all I need to do is pluck up my courage and order it from Amazon…

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Modesty is good only in moderation

Last week Leah was doing a tidy up in the apartment when she came across my photo ‘portfolio’. She was again very impressed by my photos, even though I don’t think they are that exceptionally good. Nonetheless, Leah felt they are good enough that she requested a prospectus from the School of Visual Art in New York so I can look at their continuing education course in Photography.

Although I know that some of my photos are good and that a number of friends and family had previously told me that they are very good, I’ve never felt that I have the skills to make a living from photography. Then last week, I realised that my mindset is partially influenced by my Chinese upbringing.

Modest is a virtue that my parents have instilled in me since I can remember. Teaching such as, let your work speaks for itself, becomes integral part of my thinking that it drives my everyday actions. Only in the last few years that I can accept I can and should let people know my development skills. And that I should not just let my previous works do the speaking. With photography, I am still in the modesty mindset and it is something I need to wrap my mind around the fact that I can take good photographs.

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