“All the World’s a Stage”

Nikon or Canon? That is the question. A difficult one. Most often answered with another question. Generally Shakespearean. A far away look with “To be or not to be?” stamped on the forehead. You will never know. There is no answer. It lies in infinity and beyond for only you – the one who asks – holds the answer. Are you with me?

At some point you are going to follow in Nike’s bold footprints and Just do it – buy it. Whichever one grabs you. I did. After much deliberation, I took the plunge before I drowned in too much information, opinion and indecision. I just did it. Like that. Thanks a lot. I’ll take the Nike D5200, I mean Nikon D5200, with the wide angle and 200mm zoom please.

The verdict? I love this camera! ‘Tis light in weight – like the perfect handbag you can carry this beauty with ease, no excess baggage to lug around. Her style, however does not compromise her performance… A multi tasker of note capable of focusing on 39 objects simultaneously and still smashing the megapixel record of 24.

On my mission to accomplish the impossible and earn a living from my favourite things, I took a day trip to Livingstone. Dr Livingstone, I presume? Nope. Today it’s Dr Seuss. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Take three, have no fear, Doctor Love Shakespeare is near:

Act 2, Scene 2:

Photographer: “O photo, photo, wherefore art thou photo?

Photograph beckoning: “Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?”

Photographer: “Take all myself.”

For that balcony shot make sure your zoom exceeds 200mm. I am utterly dismayed at the strength of my 55-200mm. Trying to shoot wildlife, this lens is an Achilles’ heel. Sadly I have fallen victim to the bargain lens! Had I known I would gladly have paid double for the extra 100mm and got the 300mm lens, which brings to mind the capacity of the 400mm. With a hefty $2,700 price tag one wonders at the unimaginable sights that await… Do not, I repeat, do not cut corners with your zoom. Do you copy? Thou art well-advised.

Photography I’ve discovered is as much of a science as it is an art. When well equipped it is far easier to capture the soft light that breaks through yonder window… Magical, whimsical, necessary, circumstantial, essential and arguably expensive photography reigns supreme as our greatest communication tool, arm in arm with the printed word. Moving from one medium to the next captured images have lightning speed and unprecedented power. Evidence. Fact. Seeing is believing. Advertising. You name it… A picture speaks a thousand words.

Nikon or Canon? Go draw with light and fight the good fight!


Photo by Sandi 

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