Happy 2016

Clark Street Bridge - Chicago, Illinois

Clark Street Bridge – Chicago, Illinois

Happy New Year! May you have a great 2016.

As is typical for this time of year, I wanted to take stock of what I did in 2015 and my plans for 2016.

Looking back at my plan for 2015, the results were mixed. On the plus side, I travelled a lot less for business and had time to settle down. The big achievement was getting the backyard in order, which took a lot more effort than I imagined. 2015 was the year I reinvested in the house, stepping up the maintenance and the general upkeep. I also got rid of the unneeded cruft in the garage.

Where I utterly failed was in conquering GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). In 2014, I bought 10 cameras, as I officially started collecting cameras. I was hoping to buy less gear in 2015, but to my surprise, but probably not to yours, I continued at the same pace.

It turned out that I also bought 10 cameras in 2015. 5 digital and 5 film. My film cameras were inexpensive averaging $47 each. I got some fancier digital cameras which averaged to a more significant $469. All told, that comes out to $2580 dollars spent on cameras. Not a trivial amount of money but not bad considering how expensive the hot full frame digital cameras are these days.

I am happy with my gear acquisitions, however. And I got a good to great deal on all of my purchases. Believe it or not, 2015 is the first time I bought anything on eBay. That greatly expanded my pool of interesting and inexpensive cameras. Amazingly, only two cameras were purchased new. The rest were used or refurbished in fine condition.

For 2016, I really think I’m going to buy less equipment. Let’s see if I can do it. I now have a large collection of interesting and some noteworthy cameras. I’m hoping to start cataloging them on this blog. I have elaborate plans in my head but I’m daunted by the work required to do it.

I shot film last year and need to post more about it. However, I’ve been trending towards digital again. I did get a feel for film and why I like it and I’m working my digital processes to incorporate some of that analog feel. I expect that I will shoot more film in 2016, but at a slower pace.

There are still tons of things to organize both photographically was well other stuff in the house. It seems like a never-ending battle to fight entropy and maintain a semblance of order. I will continue to work on this for 2016. This includes organizing my film negatives as well as my digital albums. There’s always more organization I can do with this blog, of course. Finally, I want to create more photo books to curate the best images into a more permanent collection.

Looks like another action packed year. Thank you for your continued visits.

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5 thoughts on “Happy 2016

  1. Happy New Year to you and your family, Andy! I bought three (?) cameras in 2015. Two of them were official. One was non-official. You know what I mean. 😉

  2. Hi Andy, thanks for all your insights and photos this past year. Looking forward to more in 2016. I wouldn’t worry too much about your Gear Acquisition Syndrome, you make excellent use of your gear and you’re not extravagant about it. Plus, we, your readers, get to benefit from all the great posts. Happy new year Andy.

  3. After splitting time the last three years with full frame and an Olympus E-P3 with kit lenses 14-42, 40-150 and a Panny/Leica 25 1.4, I committed whole hog to MFT and purchased an E-M1, battery grip, 17 1.8, 45 1.8, 75 1.8, and 60 macro and 3 legged Rick.

    My father worked for many years in the building with the clock in your Clark Street Bridge photo. I made a few visits to traffic court in that same building a few times.

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