The sun has risen above any useful angle for the next few hours. It was so nice to actually have sun to work with in the morning after so many days of fog, rain, or one or two moments of sunlight for three-minute periods in a day.
No one came forward with a nice f1.4 50 mm lens, so I read the manual on the Nikon d5000 that was loaned to me and figured out how to create enough of an optical illusion with the lenses that I am assuming came with the kit. While I said I would not do it, when and if I ever decide to get another camera, I will pay for the better body. While I got this camera to do what I want, using a better quality tool kit would have been much easier.
Now the problem isn’t what will it all look like, but rather, which of the 3-4 really nice choices do I take and funnel all the energy into one. I guess if I were a designer, I would have a system down where one has it all in the head. But for whatever reason, creation seems to be a perpetual journey. You start with the idea, and then suddenly see a myriad of other ideas. That is what I love about custom work. You get to build something personal, unique, and special for the client.
If you want to just make money, you simply learn to do something very well and do it over and over. I have done this, and while it is nice to acquire a set of skills, it really gets a bit redundant. I don’t want to say boring, as you can always find something interesting in anything, but pushing oneself to learn something new each day usually doesn’t bode well in a linear and highly organized path or process.
I guess when I can create, I simply am happy. While most of the projects we work on, may never be realized in my lifetime, or some might take 15-20 years. It is really nice to do something where you can crank out a product in a day or two. You see the progress. I guess that is what confuses most people about me with Augmanity and Agrovillage. I can see the product, but to get it into reality, will take quite a bit of time, people and equipment. That might simply be the mind of the inventor geek in me. Much of the world is trying to figure out how to do the least and make the most money.
Odd, money doesn’t’ make you happy. It just gives you freedom and the ability to buy some time.
I am guessing I have about an hour before the sun hits the next angle I need, so I will go work on some ideas.
In many respects this little photo project reminds me of where the lab will be in Colorado. I remember getting there and the road was so bad that I could not get up to the site. So I put the tent on the bottom, and each day, I huffed and wheezed as I humped all the equipment up to build log damns and clear out the top where the buildings would go. I could not stand that morning walk at 5 am. My reward was a cup of coffee on the rock.
This morning, I got up early and it is easier to take the bike through the farmers paths up the little hill they call a mountain. I hump props and such up in my backpack. This morning, I had a clear sky and am amazing moon shining along the path. As I watched dawn happen, I pedaled faster as I didn’t want to miss an attempt at an image I had in mind.
The moral of the story is both of the projects will turn out far better than the original design. The main reason is that there was enough time given to the designs and the freedom to change with the flow. My only issue was technical and nature. In Colorado, I had to actually learn how to saw down trees accurately. Also, the massive flood last year, gave way to the power solution that is less expensive and provides more energy. Here, I had to take a camera and push it way beyond what the designers probably intended for its price point.
I smile. It is nice when a plan comes together. It is even better when the result supersedes what you expected.