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GAS-free Executive Lounge

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by stillshunter, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Being an ex-smoker I now have the benefit of 'new eyes'. It is curious now looking into the smaller and smaller boxes created for smokers to allow them their expensive pleasure in public. There is a guilty voyeurism about watching them huddled together within the bounds of the yellow line - "no less than 30 metres from entrance". It is all a little sad really, but I must admit that witnessing the social pariahs vindicates my resolve to never smoke again.

    And so I'd hope to offer myself, and others, a similar place to look on to GAS. I realise visiting SC can sometimes offer you this fix…watching as the throng follows that shiny thing from rumour to release to review to …."eww there's now an "R" version".

    Call it curious, frustrating or simply fun to watch, but why not watch in comfort? Welcome to the Executive Lounge.

    Come in, sit down, relax, I'll pour you a drink. Take that weight off and share a story, a personal anecdote or even pass around an article related to GAS-free.
    Come steel your resolve!
     
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  2. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Ah hello. Yeah sure sit wherever you like. Just there's fine. Crazy out there isn't it?

    Sure, a brandy?

    Meanwhile have you read this little piece by Dan K? I'll let you read it and then maybe share your thoughts. I think his first paragraph sets the scene perfectly…
     
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  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    On to reading - will stop in later for that drink, and hope you're still awake.:wink:
     
  4. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Oh my, BB. :friends:
    Sure let me pour you a drink - by the looks maybe a Long Island Ice Tea? Oh don't be silly this one's on the house….
    BTW: Sun's not long been up over here - 8:07am in the morn as I type..
     
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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I used to enjoy threads about GAS....sometimes because I had just given in to it.....other times because I had kept it at bay for the time being. I now think I've read about it enough to say I'm over it. That's not to say I won't buy another camera sooner than I may need one. But maybe by giving it a funny name and constantly fretting over it, we allow it to control us, instead of us controlling it.

    I'm not sure if I'm making any sense, so barkeep.... pour me a bourbon.....neat, with a few drops of branch water.

    You wanna hear anything on the jukebox?
     
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  6. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Well, I'll belly up to the bar. This seems like a friendly place. A couple of fingers of red-eye, if you please. . . it's been a long, cold snowy day.

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    As to the article on the limited role of equipment and technique, I love it!

    A couple of quick reactions:

    "People are led to believe that they can buy a certain camera and SHAZAM! suddenly they’ll be transformed into an artist with the vision and talent. It is true that certain cameras and lenses render in unique ways, but vision and talent are not included in the package."

    You mean they are not? That's sooooo disappointing.

    "The other day, one of my friends turned up to a gathering with a T-shirt that proudly exclaimed in great bold letters “I SHOOT RAW”. Really? I don’t care if you drew your picture with a broken crayon. If it makes me feel something, it’s done its job."

    This resonates with me because lately I've been trying to shoot more with my eye and my heart, and trying not to be in my head so much.

    As to the gas-free executive lounge, I'm all for keeping it open!

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  7. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    I hear ya brother but I got to say that….oh sorry here ya go 'you said sour mash neat' didn't you?….but, yeah, I know a bit's been written about GAS and getting over it but affirmations now and again can help. Were you ever a smoker Luke? Oh wait, yeah tunes, something long and low that melts into the background maybe some Mogwai or Galaxie 500…or I could really go some Spiritualized now that I think about it….where was I? Yeah I think it's healthy to refocus on the real Why of your photography sometimes. Mate let's look at your signature block, that says it pretty well...
    Can sometimes be enlightening to cruise through your Lightroom catalog chronologically. Sad thing is last time I did it you see the same old road travelled down. Test shot, test shot, test shot - eeewwww wide open look at that bokeh, small break in time then shots of the camera and/or lens from every angle…then, oddly, the EXIF betrays no other shots from that combination and then close after comes a procession of what looks like sample shots, eeewwww wide open look at that bokeh,….I wonder what was happening in my life around then - 'what was I doing when I owned the GF1 with P20? Jeez….
     
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  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Here you go bartender.... as per your request, here's a little Galaxie 500

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vsfvdGjL4Yo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    and this hits a little too close to home for me to feel comfortable about. I was scanning through my shots on flickr to see what kind of year I had. Apparently it was a VERY good year to photograph cameras for classified listings.
     
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  9. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    @Jock - welcome buddy. Yeah eyes are red but this lounge don't close. Has one of them Worldwide licences….you know the US wipes the bar and then Aussies come in and start pouring, then they wipe and the Brits are switching the hoses from lager to ale….

    You pick out two pertinent bits indeed. The second really resonates with me, especially as I also like my film. Puritans there can frustrate you much the same. "Buy Film not Megapixels"…is the credo…and hey I agree to an extent but I'd not define photography or its validity by the format. I like film a lot, but I've seen some shots that can stir me the same - and dare I say 'more' - that have been burned in silicon….. It's all about the light really not how you necessarily caught it….

    I know mate, I know! The other day I even looked at a classifieds shot and liked the rendering off the image…and lamented the camera I took the shot with! :doh:
     
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  10. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    So ... let's see ... you start a non-GAS thread and the first link you put up is to JapanCameraHunter ... it's a bit like turning up at a NA meeting with the 'phone number of a crack dealer emblazoned on your tee-shirt, mate ...
     
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  11. BigTam

    BigTam SC Regular

    98
    Jun 23, 2011
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    I'm in the denial phase, as in: it's not really GAS, I don't want a new body, just maybe a 12-40. Or if that's too expensive, maybe a 12-32 ...

    I'll have a double Lagavulin, neat.
     
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  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    I have to tell you that I am laughing as I read through this thread.

    What can I say except that for myself, I don't think it matters which camera I have except that even I will admit that my X100 gets a more beautiful image quality than my iPhone, and yet I am very proud of and happy with many of my iPhone-o-graphic pictures.

    I shall continue to strive to be content with that which I have...and contemplate, instead, finding a climate that is not as cold as the one I'm in to perhaps move to in a few years.:tongue:

    P.S. I'd like a beer but not a lager, please.:drinks:
     
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  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    BB, I think it's funny that you take such great iPhone shots and yet you are still afflicted with the GAS from time to time.
     
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  14. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    It's getting late, I haven't been sleeping well, indeed I barely slept at all last night, so I've copied the article to peruse tomorrow. If you lot are still propping the bar up then my late night drink of choice used to be gin and lime, however I'm not sure that the body can take that any more, I'll have to put it to the test. If the rain would stop falling and the wind would ease I could put something else to the test, but that's another story.

    Keep up the resolve guys, I'm with you.

    Barrie
     
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  15. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Barrie, I'm so glad you dropped in. Sorry to read you've been having trouble sleeping - I know full well how exhausting that can be. Here's to a good night's sleep and good weather, as well!:friends:
     
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  16. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Yeah it's curious - especially with Dan K being a regular contributor. The "I Shoot RAW" observation struck me as a back-handed dig at Bellamy Hunt - host of the site and originator of the "Buy Film not Megapixels" mantra. Having said that this betrays the maturity of a site - much like my starting this on Serious Compacts :wink:
     
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  17. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    I developed a taste for bourbon while I was in Kentucky last year. On the rocks please.

    GAS sucks. It's a futile, time sucking distraction. If I spent more time pursuing photo projects and less time pursuing gear, I'd be a much happier soul...
     
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  18. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Barrie, you head off to bed my good friend - good luck netting some quality sleep and dreams. There'll be a cider waiting for you on your return…and once the bell tolls on a sensible drinking hour of course.
     
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  19. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I'm in the midst of a prolonged spending spree, acquiring all kinds of gear including cameras (one of which has already met its successer today... poor thing!). Got one camera left on my list (a cheap, probably used, waterproof camera), but I think I can justify all of them - 3 out of 4 with conviction, because they all play a role I feel to be vital, and the fourth with some hesitation, because it's a great allrounder. Once I've bought the gear that's on my list, I'll be travelling and making lots and lots of use of it :smile:

    I do strive to generally live without too many unnecessary luxuries, and I'm trying to sell and / or give away all of my posessions that don't have any use or emotional value.

    Regarding that drink, I'll have a jack & coke please - or a mojito.
     
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  20. Michael T

    Michael T SC Top Veteran

    512
    Jul 31, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Michael
    Fun thread, I tend to have the opposite problem. Perhaps I’m just a cheapskate, but even when I see kit that I think can improve my photography I have a very difficult time putting the money on the line. But I do waste a significant amount of time doing research; reading every review and pixel peeping images from equipment I want.

    I really, really want a Sigma DP Merrill, as I spend a lot of time shooting outdoor landscapes and the Foveon sensor just seems perfect for the genre. Before Christmas a number of the major retailers were offering them for $699, but I couldn’t commit and now they are back at $899 and I could kick myself in the butt, but after seeing them at the lower price I refuse to pay the higher price so here I sit without one, crying in my beer.

    At least I can still take pictures with the other seven cameras.
     
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