Looking forward: 2017


Low (read No) Resolution...

Everyone who knows me knows that I don't make resolutions at new years. I do try to think about new things I'd like to accomplish, and things that just didn't pan out in the prior year -- and whether or not they're worth carrying over. For instance, I've been wanting for a couple of years now to create a podcast. Have you heard a podcast from me? No, neither have I. And guess what: it's probably never going to happen, at least not in 2017.

Another thing that I had been wanting to do that has been abandoned is presenting photo workshops. Having done the legwork to launch a major workshop before, I know that I simply don't have enough time to properly develop, market, and stage the workshops to the level that I would find acceptable.

As it turns out, there's a reason I haven't done the podcast or the workshops, which will probably be the subject of a future blog post.

So, now that we know what I'm not going to do, let's look at what I'd like to do in 2017.

Take more pictures...

2016 was a dismal year for me, photographically. I've produced less than any year in the past 10 years -- maybe longer. It's really not for lack of good gear -- I have some of the best equipment money can buy right now, and almost anything I'd need to make excellent digital images. But, to be honest, I've been kind of bored with the usual subjects. There are a couple of levels to that boredom, I might add. For instance, I'm not tired of travel/landscape/nature, per se. But I want to shoot in places where I've either not worked before, or not visited in a long time -- Central Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula just isn't cutting it right now.

I also want to branch out into some other genres that I've only really touched the surface of in the past, like street, portrait, music/performance, and some boudoir/glamour; expand my horizons, so-to-speak.

Bronica S2A with Nikkor 75mm f/2.8 lens, waste-level finder, and back.
image: camera-wiki.org

I'd also like to do some hybrid analog/digital medium format work -- shoot medium format film, most likely 6x6 or maybe 6x.4.5, and convert the negatives to digital for processing. When I was young, my dad had a couple of Bronica S-series bodies and lenses he used for commercial work. I loved those cameras. They were big, purposeful machines that made exposures with a resounding thwack, and produced big, beautiful 6cm square negatives and transparencies.

The "smart" medium-format film camera to get would be a Pentax 645n II, as there's is a clear path to upgrade to a relatively affordable digital solution down the line, but frankly, I think I'd rather get something that would stick me firmly in the analog world for acquisition, though I'd probably opt for something a little more modern than the early Bronica. The newer Bronica SQ Ai comes to mind, as it's relatively affordable, relatively available, and offers some more "modern" (for 1990) conveniences.

And, I'll also want to dive more into using my iPhone and the excellent Moment lenses, especially now that the case supports more apps, which I posted about a few days ago.

3M (Make More Music)...


The musical side of my life has been really pretty frustrating of late. I don't think I've played more than a few notes since the end of October. I've certainly not played anything in front of an audience. And, while I've done a couple of sound gigs, that's nothing like the same thing. Getting up on stage with a good bunch of musicians is a real high for me. Fortunately, I know at least a couple of like-minded guys, and now that we've had our holiday breaks, I think (hope) we're going to get our act together and do something. I have an idea or two of what I'd like something to look and sound like, and I know they do as well, and I think we're at least in the same chapter of the same book. It shouldn't take too much to get us on the same page.

I Still Play With Trains...

While not on topic for this site, I'll also still be "playing trains". I'll be putting more emphasis on creative aspects of that hobby, rather than the "business" I've been pursuing, and I'll be posting about that on on30guy.com.

That's All, Folks...

So, those are the plans. A lot is the same as last year, but maybe I'll make some headway on things this time around.