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James Davison
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Jan 6, 2006

I travelled a lot this year, from Calgary, where I am a grad student, back home to Victoria, then Hamilton, Ont. for the summer, to Boston and up the coast to PEI and back through Quebec, and then to Europe where I studied in Spain and visited many more places around Europe and North Africa. All the while I was lugging my Manfrotto, a bag of L and prime lenses and my 10D.

I just returned, with more files than I know what to do with.

All the while, I have been lusting after this 5D or a 1D II, thinking...if only...the 10D is OK but imagine what I could do with the latest and greatest etc.

Well, while I had my Dell Inspiron with me, with the lovely 1680x1050 display, I have only begun looking at the images I have taken in earnest.

Are any of you stuck with thinking that, if only I had this camera or this lens, that then I will start going out into the world and really taking pictures that matter? Because, I still have not. I don't need a better camera. I need more guts. Guts to get in that position to be great. I need to invest in a process that will get me from the click to the print to the exhibition in a more decisive way.

I just processed this:

It's big, it's got bags of resolution and it's large enough for me to display as as I want to. This from an obsolete 10D, where I finally don't care enough about it to take to sandy places, to bazaars in Morocco, and hiking all over the place. This is when I get good shots.

I need time, I need decisiveness, I need to see that which others don't, and I need to be good. This shot above is useless on the web. It's useless in a small form, because to really get into it it needs to be big. I need to find a way to get people to see my work in the flesh...

Or am I just nuts? I'm a grad student and tens of thousands of dollars in debt, so a new body is out of the question. I just don't see a lot of discussion anywhere about reaching limits and making that transition from uploader to trying to reach an audience in person.

Sorry for the ramble..

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