With the Vietnam trip coming up in a few months I got to thinking about cameras.
Recently (like since 2013) I haven't been reaching for my phone/camera so much for taking photos of every new place or pretty sunset I see, and I definitely haven't found myself wishing I had done so afterward.
I still love taking travel photos, but the idea of babysitting $5k and 5kg worth of magnesium and glass around south-east asia to do so seems retarded.
To that end, all I'm going to take with me is this:
My old 500D. Yes, what I now consider 'slumming it' is the same 'top notch' gear I took to Japan 6 months earlier. The difference is I'm only taking one lens. The smallest and lightest one I have, which also happens to be Prime and possibly not autofocusing very well. I'm exchanging cumbersome but versatile high performance gear for agile but challenging 'low' performance gear.
I also ordered one of those idiot waterproof bags from eBay that claim to let you operate your camera underwater. Its a $70 investment in the chance that I can super-slam my gear into the floor of Ha Long Bay without losing all of the irreplaceable memories it has captured up to that point.
Hopefully I can wring some nice shots out of this setup, but if not who cares? People managed to go on holiday and enjoy themselves before cameras were invented right?
Actually I have no idea.
Speaking of photos though, old mate neffo popped up on Gchat the other day to randomly suggest I record a directors commentary to the Genesis video me and some other confused teenagers made back in 2003.
It was a funny idea, but almost immediately replaced by another one with a broader vision and narrower production scope (ie I wouldn't have to buy a microphone).
Disregard the filename, its a misnomer.
Anyway the project is basically a huge wank and has involved trawling through hours of footage that I haven't looked at in a long time, hundreds of photos as well. Its proving to be insanely depressing. Why do I have all this shit. Normal people don't do this.
I haven't checked in with the Metal Gear universe since the MGS demo back on the first playstation, so all this incomprehensible military-wank-insanity is new and fresh to me.
I'm not used to rescuing wise-cracking orphans from being turned into cyborgs, I'm not used to an on screen display telling me exactly how many pieces I just cut this hatchback into, I'm not used to having a primary antagonist named "Jetstream Sam", and so on.
Feels like it would get too much after a while, but I only managed to stop playing for about 15 minutes tonight.
Felt strong as shit at the gym last night, but realised halfway through the workout I was only using a 15kg bar. I had no idea they existed and it was pretty upsetting to find out.
Managed a 5 x 100kg deadlift, which made me feel a lot better despite the urge to brutally vomit onto the mirror in front of me.
Also snuck in an extremely suspect 60kg squat as well. I've never tried for 1RM numbers before so its a PR despite being the bodyweight performance standard for an "Untrained" lifter. So basically after months of work I have clawed my way up to the level that comes before "Novice".