I Like Being Old School!

The mighty 5D was introduced to the public in August of 2005.  I love this camera.

If I could, I would go back in time and buy 5 more.  Of course I would go back further in time and buy some Apple stock first…and place a few bets on who would win the Superbowl and World Series…but until I get flux capacitor fixed on my DeLorean, that will all have to wait.

As much as I love this camera, I understand that it’s a tool.

My friend Jim likes to put at the end of his emails the following:

“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”  –  Ansel Adams

“Without God the twelve inches behind the camera, the camera, or the subject would not exist.”  –  James Wanglund

Yes, nothing would exist if not for God!

I like the Ansel Adams quote as well because it’s a reminder that I don’t have to have the newest, coolest, baddest camera available to man to take beautiful photos.  Consider his famous image Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, taken with the Korona view camera in 1940.  According to legend, he had 1 glass plate left when he took this.  1 shot.  Not 100 or 1000 images, 1 shot.

Photographers have been trying ever since to duplicate his images…emphasis on trying!

Adams at work.

I share a story with friends, and with anyone who is brave enough to read anything I write,  of a kid at church who was all excited to see me and my trusty 5D.  He said something like “oh, is that the 5D Mark II!?”  My response was “nope, I’m old school!  This is the original 5D!”  He suddenly lost interest, and walked away.

I think photographers today forget to think, and they hope that taking 5000 images will net them a “few” good shots.  Tell them they have 1 shot or 36 frames, I think many would panic.

Technology is great.  The 5D was a revolutionary camera  when it came out nearly 7 years ago.  But by today’s standards, it really is old technology.  I’m old school!  So I’m fine using my trusty old 5D!

The lesson God has taught me, through my camera, is to be grateful for what I have.  To make choices that will make a difference for God’s Kingdom!  That’s why I choose to use old technology and spend my time, talents, and treasure…to document the work of the Holy Spirit and help publicize the work of those in the mission field.

The reality is this, if you can’t take a great photo with a simple point and shoot digital camera, what makes you think you can do it with a Nikon D800 or a Canon 5D Mark III?

Learn the craft.  Have fun.  Choose wisely!

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1 Response to I Like Being Old School!

  1. Jim Wanglund says:

    Too funny that you are blogging about me and Ansel Adams… I’m responding to this post right now from Yosemite and I’m having fun with shooting with everything from my Android phone to my 50D to my Hasselblad 500c/m. I love shooting black and white film and at times I really feel like Ansel Adams but mostly I’m attempting to duplicate what he has done. I have some areas in Yosemite that I’m trying to tackle that aren’t the usual cliche but they are very challenging being that I live 7 hours away. Researching light angles and conditions is not what I consider to be fun but necessary to maximize the return on a short visit to a location that is far away. I hope to have a few more long weekends here at Yosemite this year and my new site will have these photos soon.


    “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” – Ansel Adams

    “Without God the twelve inches behind the camera, the camera, or the subject would not exist.” – James Wanglund

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