The Long Journey (Maintaining an Expensive Hobby and a Good Marriage)

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by simonclivehughes, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. simonclivehughes

    simonclivehughes SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 17, 2010
    I have written an article for my website entitled The Long Journey. (Subtitle: Maintaining an Expensive Hobby and a Good Marriage)

    A slightly tongue-in-cheek look at G.A.S. and how I have managed to come out of the other end a (relatively) whole person.

    Hope you may find it enjoyable.

    Cheers,
     
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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Simon,
    That was the most enjoyable read I've had in some time.
    I actually read it twice and for the first time in weeks, feel very relaxed.
    Thanks, great stuff....
    Don
     
  3. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Real Name:
    Stephen Noel
    Simon,

    A lot of my own Photographic "trip", was pictured in your story. (I'm 65 in Nov.) I love simple, well designed and constructed equipment that just works. I'm now passing through G1 and canon G10. But may stop and set up camp for a long while. G1 is working very well and expecting G10 tomorrow.

    Thanks for sharing a ride,
     
  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    Simon thanks for the article and I found myself nodding in agreement.
     
  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    It's an older experienced man's thread. The youngsters just won't understand.
     
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  6. simonclivehughes

    simonclivehughes SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 17, 2010
    That's it exactly, Don, at our age, we have a history, something the younger generation have yet to course. I already see G.A.S. to a degree in my kids. Regardless of what we say, they have to make their own way.

    We, with deeper, older, and (generally) wiser understanding, however, can benefit from a more realistic outlook and fiscal view. And if you're lucky, the peace that it can bring.

    Don, Steve & Bill, I appreciate your comments, and I'm glad the piece spoke to you.

    Ciao,
     
  7. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
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    Jason
    Aside from the article, I must say that those are all excelent photos. Maybe after a few decades of doing this I can get some great photos like like. The problem I have is that I don't just have one hobby. Between my competitive league bowling, kite flying, photography, and more recently astronomy, juggling GAS between those hobbies is quite a delicate balancing act, let alone trying to keep my girlfriend happy.
     
  8. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Jason, maybe you don't know it yet but your an old guy too.....
    Your in touch with your life for sure...
    Welcome to the old guys club young man...
     
  9. usayit

    usayit SC Regular

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    Sep 4, 2010
    Great read!!!!

    I've been following right behind you.... as I made similar changes to similar systems for similar reasons.


    1) film Minolta 7000 (Dad's)
    2) film Pentax Spotmatic / K1000 and Canonet (College vintage interests mostly BW negative)
    3) film Canon EOS and Leica M3 w/ its original 50 Summicron (My first Leica)
    4) digital Canon EOS which grew to an enormous system. (Worked Retail... hand in the cookie jar type thing. I didn't like carrying it.. neither did my wife :p )
    5) Canon EOS (sold a bunch) w/ Epson R-D1 (Rediscovered that I worked with SLRs, but enjoyed Rangefinders)
    6) Canon EOS (sold more) w/ Leica M8 and Epson R-D1 (photography is a hobby and no longer work. Camera has to fit my life)
    7) Sold the R-D1 remaining Canon. Leica M8 and M9. Used Cheap panny G1 to play around with.
    8) Leica M9 /w M8. E-PL1 for when I want telephoto, AF, and to enjoy my collection of adapted manual lenses.


    PS> I have two seller regrets.... Epson R-D1 and the Tri-Elmar 28-35-50 that was melded to it. I agree... it was one of the best systems.

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  10. robertro

    robertro New to SC

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    Jul 19, 2011
    Thank you for sharing your equipment and philosophical story. I enjoyed it so much that I signed up for this (yet another!) forum.

    Cheers, Robert
     
  11. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Real Name:
    Bill Shinnick
  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Real Name:
    BB
    Simon, thank you. I've just finished reading your article and loved it. Though not a man, nor have I had the vast experience that you've had with so many different lenses and cameras, I can understand quite a bit of what you've written. Your photographs along with your beautiful words make are very well focussed. I felt a sigh of relief as I read and closed in towards the end. I think you've reached photographic nirvana, or certainly a plateau close to it. Having read this, I feel a strange kind of peace (though I have to admit to a resurgence of GAS for the NEX - again).

    You've achieved a pièce de résistance with this article and accompanying photographs. Simon, I'm honored that you posted here with us. Beautifully written.

    Please give my best to your wife and let her know that I think you mean what you say.:flowers_2:
     
  13. Toonman

    Toonman SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

    What a great read!

    Thanks very much for sharing and it proves I'm not the only one with this 'affliction' (addiction)! :wink:
     
  14. simonclivehughes

    simonclivehughes SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

    32
    Jul 17, 2010
    Thanks to all of you who read and commented on the piece. It does seem to resonate with some people, so it was worth the effort, even if it was for me alone. :smile:

    Ciao,
     
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