There has been a rush to enable the “smart home,” everything from appliances, door locks, speakers, thermostats and more. I barely have time to make sure my WiFi access point’s software is up-to-date, let alone update the firmware of my oven. With that in mind, it was with trepidation that I took the plunge and purchased a set of 4 Philips Hue light bulbs. I was sent to Target to buy some orange light strings for Halloween (which I never said I would buy because I think it detracts from the Christmas lights tradition) and first had to stop at Best Buy and stumbled across the Hue system. Impulse overtook me. The next thing I knew, my wallet was $200 lighter and I was screwing the light bulbs into fixtures around the house, installing the Android app and updating light bulb firmware. Update light bulb firmware?
Terrible video quality but too funny not to post
There is a line from the movie “The Last Sumarai,” in which Katsumoto states “The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.” I find myself thinking about how that applies to photography as well.
Over the years I’ve generally become the team photographer at my kids’ games. During yesterday’s match, a parent commented “see the parent over there taking pictures? You need a lens like that!” I looked and yes, I immediately had “lensvy.”
I am torn as to what to write on my second post as it is sort of a chicken-and-the-egg scenario. I need to improve upon my current skills while learning new ones. Meanwhile, what skills need to be honed when I don’t know exactly what I want to do. Photo journalism? Freelance videography? Virtual Reality is primed to be the next big thing. However, shouldn’t I explore as many facets of photography / videography before deciding which direction to head? All I can say with certainty is that I am not plopping down substantial cash on higher quality glass and base until I know exactly what I want to do.