Airport photos

the gargoyle Somehow I spent $1000 on a digicam in Spring 2006 (a Nikon D50), and then, by and large, stopped using it.

A quick look at my photo galleries shows that I took half as many photos in 2007 as I did in 2006, and 2006 was a year in which I show about 30% fewer photos than 2005. Somehow I wound up shooting more photos on film (incremental cost per photo taken) than I did on digital (virtually no incremental cost per photo).

On my last few trips back home it often seems that my camera just sits in its case until I head to the airport for the flight back. Then someone comments something like "you never used your camera", and then a few silly photos wind up getting taken. This is one of those (more here).


Didn't you have that camera before you left BC for Alberta?

What you do have to consider is that you are now a grad student that has a lot less free time than you used to. Even more time spent studying, and being pestered less frequently to go on railfanning excursions also lead to less photoage being taken. I know that you don't only take train photos, but one generally needs a reason to take pictures, and you haven't really had many occasions to do so, except when in BC with family and friends.

Didn't you have that camera before you left BC for Alberta?

Nope - May 2006

So what you're saying Dave is you need to move back here and do more railfanning? If you would, what would your wish list look like? Here's mine:

All Canon gear

EF 600mm f4 L IS USM
EF 400mm f2.8 L IS USM
EF 300mm f2.8 L IS USM
EF 200mm f2.8 L USM II
EF 135mm f2.0 L USM
EF 85mm f1.2 L USM II
EF 50mm f1.4 USM
EF 35mm f1.4 L USM
EF 24mm f1.4 L USM

EOS1Ds Mark II

Maybe the EF 500mm f4 L IS USM

Plus a good tripod and ball head, as well as the bag to carry the smaller lenses.

All told, between 30 and 40 grand US. But, boy, would it be nice!!

I'm not crazy...oh, wait, nevermind.
Want proof?

I'm fairly satisfied with my current gear. Basically higher-grade lenses with vibration reduction (I'm too lazy for primes, even if they do give better quality pictures).

That, and a helicopter, although it could get a little expensive.