Episode 034: Photo Friday – Love and Hate Photography

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Over the past year or so, I have been reflecting on my photographic journey and come to the realisation, that I am the camera slinging equivalent of the retired old men on the golf course, at the beginning, and end of the movie, ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’.

The truth is, I am not an exceptional photographer. I have suffered from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) from the very earliest days when I cut my teeth on a used, average condition, Canon A1. From 35mm to medium format, SLR to the rangefinder, manual focus to autofocus, film to digital, it is like playing with every possible club, looking for a hole in one when you cannot even drive straight.

In time, I have come to realise that while I get a lucky shot every so often, I cannot improve if I do not shoot more and shoot with a purpose.

At my lowest lows, I have sold all my gear and tried to move on in search of another hobby, but the strange thing is, nothing fills the void until I get a camera again. It feels like a lost cause.

Presently, I am camera free, except for the rather capable camera in my smartphone. I went on a walk with the specific purpose to take some pictures with my phone. Once again, I find my palms itching to do more. Looking over some pictures of my kids recently, I couldn’t help but notice that some of them are rather pleasing.

The camera allows me a form of creativity that I could never dream of attaining with my hands in another medium, and maybe this is the appeal that keeps me coming back.

All this has me wondering, am I alone? Are there others out there who find themselves spinning up and down as a yo-yo between loving and loathing photography?

Episode 032: Tech Talk Tuesday – Noise Cancelling Headphones

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They have been an aspirational item on many an overnight business flight, yet time and time again, I resisted the urge to drop the cash required to own a pair of the best noise cancelling headphones around.

Working for some of the top hardware companies globally, I have had the opportunity to use various noise cancelling headphones and found the experience to be pleasing, but due to past medical issues, the use of in and on-ear style headphones is limited to an hour or two at the most before the experience becomes painful.

What pushed me over the edge, however, was when I moved to Lagos Nigeria for work and had the generator for our building, running for several hours a night, usually for several nights a week, right outside the bedroom windows. Trying to sleep at night is like being on an overnight flight. So when I found myself in the USA recently, I took the plunge and added the Bose QC35 to my shopping cart of gadgets. Of everything I got while I was there, these have got to have been the best thing I bought.

Competition

So the Bose QC35 were not the only headphones I was looking at. Sony’s MDR-1000X have had fantastic reviews and in multiples tests, I found their noise cancellation for sounds outside of engine drone, to be superior to the Bose, however, the way they sealed around my ears created pressure on my eardrums that was a tad too uncomfortable.

This is really the only reason, that I picked the Bose over the Sony offering, that and the reports of Bose stores being able to service and replace padding and parts on older headphones still which seemed to me to make them a good investment.

Fast forward several months, every time I put these headphones on when the generators are roaring outside, I cannot help but smile and instantly feel my stress levels dissolve away. I never thought I could justify spending a few hundred dollars on headphones, but now, I wonder why I took so long.

(Listen to the previous episode here.)