April 19, 2010

Bits And Pieces

Apart from my Flickr set posts, it’s been slow here at He Shoots… It’s not for a lack of trying; I’ve had a few ideas which ultimately weren’t worth posting full blog entries. However, in order to prove that the rumours of my death are greatly exaggerated, here are a few bits and pieces of what’s been happening with me.

  • Before the Protest Against Protests, someone recognized me and even called me by my Internet handle. I don’t recall seeing him at a previous shoot, though he may have seen me.

  • Record Store Day at Sonic Boom was the first event where Nifty (50mm lens) and Jane (35mm lens) really worked as a tag team. The resulting set would have been shortchanged if I had used only one of those lenses. Having said that, remembering to bring earplugs would have improved my overall experience. Ergo, I’ve packed one pair in my camera bag for similar situations in the future.

  • At that same shoot, my regular camera battery almost ran out of juice; before it died, I replaced it with my spare battery. Without it, I would have missed shots like this one (shot with Nifty):

    Record Store Day 2010 #62
    Andrew Scott of Sloan

  • I recently contemplated a smartphone purchase (i.e. BlackBerry or iPhone) due to my highly active Twitter account. However, this would not have been wise due to my current lack of steady income; my monthly expenses would have increased by at least $56.50. Also, buying the phone outright would have cost me at least $549.99! I could probably purchase more camera gear with that money.

  • Speaking of my Twitter account, there’s a reason I haven’t been posting too many individual pictures here. I’m now likely to post them to my Yfrog account, especially if I shot them with my point-and-shoot camera. Heck, I didn’t even post the last few that I shot with Nicky, but you can find them at that same Yfrog page. You can also find older shots at my TwitPic account.

April 08, 2010

Keep Toronto Reading 2010: Book Exchange (April 8 2010)

Regular Toronto citizens mingled with local celebrities to swap books in an event moderated by Misha Glouberman.

Click this post's title to see all 24 photos at my Flickr site.

April 03, 2010

Protest Against Protests 2010 (April 3 2010)

Improv In Toronto staged a protest against protests in downtown Toronto.

Click this post's title to see all 27 photos at my Flickr site.

April 01, 2010

It's Paid For

Earlier this morning, I logged into my online bank account and did something I didn’t think would be done so relatively quickly. That’s right, I eliminated my camera-related debt.

When I last took stock of my camera-related purchases, the total cost was $1,285.35 including taxes. I’ve since bought a few more items which I’ve listed below. All purchases were made at Downtown Camera; prices exclude taxes.
  • Nikon EN-EL9 battery: $79.99
  • Lambency flash diffuser: $39.99 (discounted to $27.99)
  • Manfrotto Tripod Kit – 190XBD legs + 804RC2 3-way head: $199.99
  • Tripod bag: $24.99
  • Sto-Fen flash diffuser: $31.99 (discounted to $28.79)
  • Nikon 35mm f1.8G DX lens: $275.00
  • Hoya 52mm UV filter: $19.99 (discounted to $17.99)
  • SanDisk Ultra 4GB memory card: $29.99

With taxes, these purchases total $773.74. Combined with the earlier total of $1,285.35, the total amount of money I’ve spent on camera gear is a whopping $2,059.09!

Thankfully, as of this morning, it’s all paid for. I feel no need to purchase additional gear; what I have right now satisfies my current needs.