While I’ve decided to stay in Chicago and pursue my startup SpotHero, I’ve still been able to travel around a bit. This year I’ve gone to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Austin, New York, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Burning Man, and my Uncle’s farm in Ohio.
In each place, I took way more pictures than necessary. I love taking pictures. I can’t help it. If you haven’t seen the Body Paint Girls Photo Album, Check it out. Those were taken with a Canon Rebel XSI with a 17-55mm Canon F/2.8 IS USM. While you’re at it, you can also look at this cool online photo retouch site I came across. Pretty neat and simple. While I love my SLR and the flexibility that comes with it, I still have an affinity for my Olympus Stylus 790SW. This camera is waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof. It’s small and it can fit in my pocket. I’ve even taken it on a “resort” dive in Papua New Guinea! I used this camera to take pictures at Burning Man. The sharpness and nighttime photos severely suffered. However, it was nice not to have to worry about the fine alkali dust ruining my SLR and accompanying lenses. It would have been nice to capture some of the night time activities that my waterproof Olympus could not, but it was also nice not having to lug around the much heavier camera equipment. There’s a tradeoff between photo quality/photo flexibility and camera weight/annoyance factor. Either way, it depends on the situation.
What’s not up for debate is that pictures are awesome. They help us remember situations and people that can be hard to remember over time. They help us convey a message, feelings, or moods. They can be relaxing. (My current background image on my laptop is a photo taken by my friend Thomas in Myanmar). It is a beautiful idyllic landscape of the Temples at Bagan as the sun sets.
As the year comes to a close, I look back on many photos taken over the course of this year, and memories come roaring back. It’s been snowy and cold in Chicago lately, and I haven’t been giving my cameras times. Though, I have my eyes set on this car wrecking yard nearby where I live. Giant machine claws tear apart once youthful cars. Another machine takes its giant magnet arms and lifts jagged metal into a furnace. It’s a scene straight out of The Brave Little Toaster! When the weather warms up, I’ll surely be taking my SLR and lens friends there. Until then, I must say I’m happy with the photos taken this past year!