Where Does this Path Go?
6th century Clonmacnoise Monastery in Ireland
When I look at this picture I have three different thoughts about where this path goes. The first is about life in general, the second is about the economy, and the third is about my photography. Since I have readers interested in all three areas and I couldn’t make up my mind about which to write about, I have decided to make this a three-part article.
Life in General
The first thing that this picture reminds me is that all life follows a very short path and the end is always the same. All life dies in its due time and the only unknown is how soon; but, others will remember us. It is our responsibility to make sure that we are remembered for making the best contributions that we can to the long-term evolution of humanity in the short time that we are here.
This path reminds me that eventually we will probably have to take a step backwards in time to achieve a sustainable, stable system. If the correct decisions are made in time, we will essentially hold steady in a very low, to no-growth economy and we won’t need to change much; but, I don’t see that happening. As I noted in previous articles, I don’t think that the necessary minor changes will be made in time and that we will put off making any major corrections to our economic system and way of life until big changes are needed. The world has no choice but to step back and recover from its’ debts and make the adjustments to continue in a sustainable way. The only uncertainty is how soon and thus how big of a change.
My Camera Path
Those of you who have followed this website have seen me go from small sensor P&S pocket cameras to small sensor travel zooms, to the Pentax K-7 DSLR, to the micro 4/3 Olympus Pen cameras, the E-P1, E-PL2, and the E-P3 and the Pentax K-5 DSLR, along with a side excursion to the Canon S95. In this last year or two I have oscillated back and forth between the K-5, the Pen cameras, and the S95 while seeking a one camera solution. I have been on a path towards finding & choosing a single light-weight, smaller all-purpose camera with adequate image quality that I can carry with me wherever I go. At the moment, I have paused along the path and settled upon my Olympus E-P3 along with the Panasonic 14 mm and 20 mm lenses, the Olympus 14 – 42 mm zoom, and the Olympus 14 – 150 mm zoom, but I have kept the Canon S95 for use as a small shirt pocket camera and the Pentax K-5 with the 18 – 55 mm zoom for inclement weather and with the 50 – 300 mm zoom for wildlife shooting.
I’m still on a path towards having one camera along with a simplified choice of lenses. I’m still trying to decide on whether I wish to use zoom lenses on my E-P3 or to just use faster prime lenses such as the 14 mm, the 20 mm, and a 45 mm. At the moment I’m leaning toward using the 14 – 150 mm, f/4 – 5.6 zoom most of the time along with the 20 mm, f/1.7 prime for when I need low light capability or to keep the camera under my jacket or in a vest pocket and/or for when I wish to be a little more discreet. Ultimately, the choice will probably be driven by how fast a lens I need.
I have paused on my path to find my one-camera solution until I learn whether I can get along with just the E-P3 and until I see if there is another new camera coming out that will be worth the cost for my single camera; but I’m thinking at the moment that I will settle for a while with just the micro 4/3 system as it seems to be an excellent compromise on flexibility, quality, size, weight, and cost as the best camera for recording my views along my path through life.
I’m along a similar path, having first acquired and been smitten by the E-P1 after a long while with Nikon DSLR’s, which I then said goodbye to on finding the E-P1 so versatile . That led me on a route back to an all weather Olympus E-1, but needing a more up to date DSLR, now settled with the Pentax K-5 like yourself. My latest acquisition is the E-PM1, which with a Pany 14mm makes the perfect ‘go anywhere’ combination. Hmmm, but had the Pentax Q had a more reasonable price, I would have opted down that path.
I love the pic and definitely agree with your thoughts on life and the ecomony. As for the camera part, I enjoy taking pics with my little cannon, but I”m not feeling inclined to learn or get better at it.
Beautiful, beautiful shot, John. It makes me think of our paths through life as well.