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View Poll Results: Do you carry a camera everywhere in case you run into Bigfoot?
Yes! 1826.09%
No, I already have too many shots of Bigfoot 1318.84%
Yes, but for pix of aliens 1014.49%
No, I have a life 1927.54%
My Haz IPHONE!!!! 68.70%
I carry a Monochrome in case I see a Matte Black Monochrome 34.35%
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09-26-2023, 09:55 PM   #1
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Bring a camera everywhere in case you run into Bigfoot? The Best of PF Sept. 27 poll

Pentaxian TaoMaas commented on Do you carry a camera bag everywhere? The Best of PF Newsletter poll for Sept. 20
I don't carry a camera bag everywhere, but I do take a camera. It's varied over the years, but currently I have a Lumix LX-100 that I carry on a wrist strap. Some days I take pics...some days I don't. I tell people that I keep my camera with me "in case I see Bigfoot."
What say you, Pentaxians?


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Moved from "News and Rumors" for obvious reasons.
As it hardly even rates as photography related either, it can sit in "General Talk" instead
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QuoteOriginally posted by cjfeola Quote
Pentaxian TaoMaas commented on Do you carry a camera bag everywhere? The Best of PF Newsletter poll for Sept. 20
I don't carry a camera bag everywhere, but I do take a camera. It's varied over the years, but currently I have a Lumix LX-100 that I carry on a wrist strap. Some days I take pics...some days I don't. I tell people that I keep my camera with me "in case I see Bigfoot."
What say you, Pentaxians?
In my eyes this is the same question you asked last week - in fact, I actually answered it then since I didn’t have a bag per se back in the days when I had a rangefinder camera.
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Yes, but it isn't always a Pentax. I use my cellphone for 'quick grabs on the run'. Doubt Big Foot will pose long enough do do a decent portrait. That said, I often have at least one Pentax body & lens with me if there is even a remote chance I might want it.

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No, it's a follow-up, since so many people said they carried a camera, but not a bag. So this will give a better picture of who is daily driving their Pentax, as it were.
Now I'm off for a walk with my Monochrome and the 77 Limited.
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In my eyes this is the same question you asked last week - in fact, I actually answered it then since I didnít have a bag per se back in the days when I had a rangefinder camera.
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Although I carry a camera with me much of the time, I took a workshop years ago where the instructor encouraged us to leave our cameras at home every now and then. He said, "As photographers, we tend to put a camera between us and every major happening in our lives...birthdays, holidays, family reunions, vacations. It's fine to photograph those things, but every once in a while, put down the camera and just be in the moment. That will lead to fuller lives, which will result in better pictures." I thought about that and the conversation in the other thread about this, so I decided not to take a camera with me when I took my wife out to dinner for her birthday this past weekend. Of course, on our way home we saw the coolest clouds I'd seen over the city in years! My wife took several pics with her phone, but I just enjoyed the moment. This conversation also reminds me of something a speaker at our camera club once said. Someone asked him, "What's the best way you know to find great pictures?" He said, "Leave your camera at home. You'll see them everywhere."
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Whenever I am in wildlife "nature" area, I will always carry a camera. If I am set up in an ideal location, I'll have a long lens ready to capture the "Big Foot" photo!

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Well, no. It just makes life difficult. Ok, if I take a bag, should I put just the camera? Well, maybe I should take the wide angle -- I would want to put bigfoot in context. But I should also take the low telephoto -- you know for the candid shot when he/she/it (is it legit to say it?) roars at me. But maybe also the telephoto in case I can't get close enough. To many decisions!
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If I run into Bigfoot, I may need an adult diaper... and not a camera!
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If I run into Bigfoot, I may need an adult diaper... and not a camera!
Last week, my wife took an Amtrak train - which turned out to be 90min late. It was dark. I wanted to memorialize that wait, so I did what I would have done if I saw Bigfoot - I reached into my pocket and grabbed my smart phone.
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I even have a 2 light portrait setup upstairs in case I can get him to come over for dinner ! So far he hasn't showed , but my 89yr old neighbor lady has helped me perfect my portrait technique just in case !
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QuoteOriginally posted by TaoMaas Quote
Although I carry a camera with me much of the time, I took a workshop years ago where the instructor encouraged us to leave our cameras at home every now and then. He said, "As photographers, we tend to put a camera between us and every major happening in our lives...birthdays, holidays, family reunions, vacations. It's fine to photograph those things, but every once in a while, put down the camera and just be in the moment. That will lead to fuller lives, which will result in better pictures." I thought about that and the conversation in the other thread about this, so I decided not to take a camera with me when I took my wife out to dinner for her birthday this past weekend. Of course, on our way home we saw the coolest clouds I'd seen over the city in years! My wife took several pics with her phone, but I just enjoyed the moment. This conversation also reminds me of something a speaker at our camera club once said. Someone asked him, "What's the best way you know to find great pictures?" He said, "Leave your camera at home. You'll see them everywhere."
I always thought carrying a camera just encourages you to use your eyes-to quote Dorothea Lange ' a camera teaches you to see without a camera'.
I had never even heard of Dorothea when I had exactly the same thought back in the 1960's when I first got into photography seriously, but it is a very apt observation. However I've always thought of my camera as a part of me, and if I ever turned up to a family event without it there would have been uproar! These days, with 'phone cameras everywhere, there is not the same reaction, but I still carry a camera. And because the camera is seen as a part of me, no-one even notices when I use it .But the I've never taken THAT many photos, just the ones I want and that might just work.
Funny enough, when I used to do a lot of video work when my daughter was younger and I was 'volunteered' by her schools to video musical and sporting events for them, then I found a definite disconnect from what I was recording since you have to be totally silent, to avoid the camera microphone catching every verbal reaction , and although you can immerse yourself in the image being recorded, without any vocal interaction somehow it seemed alien. Which probably explains why i much prefer still to video photography.
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...I found a definite disconnect from what I was recording since you have to be totally silent, to avoid the camera microphone catching every verbal reaction...
This is off-topic, but I'm a videographer in my regular job. Year ago, when I was still a smoker, I was shooting my reporter hiking a trail at a state park. In order to get a variety of shots, I'd shoot my reporter and her guide as they would walk past, then I'd run up ahead of them to catch them passing by again. Then I'd run ahead again, scramble up a slope, and shoot them walking the trail down below. This went on for a long while with me leap-frogging them to try and stay ahead. Afterwards, back in the office, I heard my reporter laughing in her office. I went in to see what was so funny and it turned out that she was screening the hiking footage I'd shot. She said, "Listen to this." All you could hear was me huffing and puffing. She said, "It sounds like Darth Vader shot this!"
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QuoteOriginally posted by TaoMaas Quote
This is off-topic, but I'm a videographer in my regular job. Year ago, when I was still a smoker, I was shooting my reporter hiking a trail at a state park. In order to get a variety of shots, I'd shoot my reporter and her guide as they would walk past, then I'd run up ahead of them to catch them passing by again. Then I'd run ahead again, scramble up a slope, and shoot them walking the trail down below. This went on for a long while with me leap-frogging them to try and stay ahead. Afterwards, back in the office, I heard my reporter laughing in her office. I went in to see what was so funny and it turned out that she was screening the hiking footage I'd shot. She said, "Listen to this." All you could hear was me huffing and puffing. She said, "It sounds like Darth Vader shot this!"
Yup! Once heard a video camera user explaining to his son, who was holding the camcorder, how to use it. Every word he said was being recorded for posterity-or not! He hadn't a clue it was happening, but at least we don't have that issue with stills.
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I try. I've purchased cameras over the journey that I can bring cycling, hiking and kayaking ... they include a Ricoh GR II, a Canon G7X, various Sonys, and a little old Nikon 'waterproof' compact that I'm sure the rubber seals have dried and shrunk as the years have gone by.

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