“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 takes your fancy. 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! It is light in weight – like a beautiful handbag you can carry this baby with ease, step out in style, a lady of grace! A multi tasker of note capable of focusing on 39 objects simultaneously and still smashing the megapixel record of 24. The big D, that’s for dragonfly – still shy of this super eyed insect’s 30,000 visual unit count! I take liberty of my poetic license, D is digital.

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, bring on the Doctor of Love:

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. Capturing an intimate moment between a mother and baby elephant was something I was looking forward to, the glint in their eyes and the expressions within. 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. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. 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 atomic 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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