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Pokemon Hunting Vs. Photography

This was the photo I was shooting for at the time of the invasion of the Pokemon Hunters.

Buckeye Lake, Ohio on a summer evening
Buckeye Lake, Ohio on a summer evening.

This photo really isn’t much, but I’ve been working on how and when to use wide angle lenses in landscape photography. I was trying to give the rock pier a different look than the numerous other times I took a photo of the Buckeye Lake boat launch area.

Most important though was that it was a quiet evening by the water and it was relaxing. Then into this corner of the park where I was at came a group with screaming children. The adults in the group came and they were even louder. They were looking at me as if I was interrupting them!

They were playing Pokemon. I guess this new game comes with special rights to be a screaming asshole no matter what anyone else might be doing in the vicinity.

Then, the man-child in charge decided to ignore the posted sign and trespass. The excitement of finding some rare Pokemon in his game overruled any common sense or decency.

Pokemon Hunter in construction zone.
Pokemon hunter goes into a construction site for what he said was rare find.

He did keep the children out of the dangerous area, but explained to them that it was ok to ignore the sign due to the importance of the rare Pokemon being in there.

I have to wonder what controls the thought process in situations like this. What overrules general common sense and puts a game with no tangible reward to such a high level of importance? What makes the risk worth it here?

I’m thankful that I understand the basic human need to create. If a person is depraved of this, they’ll follow anything to fill that void. They’ll dress up like creepy clowns to scare children, they’ll follow a video game into a dangerous and illegal area, and they’ll follow any trend that their TV or other major media outlet(there are only 6 now), tells them to follow.

Even if you are not good at it, create something. Don’t be another mindless drone.

Pondering Before Spring

2 guys pondering things while watching a river.
Pondering while watching a river.

There’s a little park with a spillway close to my house that really isn’t much to see, but it’s nice to watch the water go over and during a winter thaw, the roar of the water drowns your troubles and cares away for a little while.

I don’t know what these 2 guys were pondering on the other side of the spillway, but as I was pondering, I noticed they were too. I kind of wished I had a pipe as it appeared to make the task more interesting.

I was pondering what to do with the upcoming Spring and how to get through what’s left of Winter.  I spent the better part of the Winter using my free time to study photography like  mad. I spent an inordinate amount of time learning some Photoshop techniques. I think it was a good investment of time because with my new skills, I can get more use out of the cameras I have.  Motorcycle season is coming up and less money spent on cameras leaves more for gas money to go explore.

I also spent a lot of time studying street photography. There’s a lot of argument in that genre of photography as to what  “street” photography even really is. I’m just a novice, so from my perspective, it’s just photographers that take a massive number of snapshots of their life as it unfolds before their camera. Out of those thousands of photos, some great photos emerge. That’s not to say that the thousands that don’t make the cut aren’t worth something. These photographers use each mistake to get closer and closer to the great shots. That style of photography suits me fine and I’m going to try more of it.

I’m giving up the dream of a really high end camera too. What a waste for what I’m trying to accomplish. I’m never going to be a professional. I’ve learned what professionals have to do to make a meager living and I’m not looking to turn a fine hobby into a job anyhow. The world has enough people trying to be professional photographers and judging by demand and salary, they need computer programmers more. I’ll leave the professional equipment for the professionals.

I’ll stick with a bridge camera. They don’t do everything well, but they do everything. The world of cameras is changing and certainly for the better. I’ll spend the money on books and experiences instead of equipment. The photos will be good enough for now.

So in short, the results of pondering that day was a rough map of where I want to take photography. I just want to record some moments from everyday life and I want to fill life with experiences worth taking photos of. Easy enough.

I Was Thinking I Was Having An Off Day And Then…

I’m in kind of a winter rut. It’s not really been fun weather to be out taking photos in and we’re still quite a ways from motorcycle season. My hobbies are on hold, but I still make the effort to get photos occasionally.

Today I had just finished taking photos of the the same old things in Newark and was about ready to head home when I seen something that made me really thankful. It was a person in a green monkey suit waving a sign for a flea market. God bless them for trying to make a buck, but I would not want to be the person stuck doing this today.

Green monkey in the snow waving sign for a flea market.
Person in green monkey suit waving to advertise a flea market.

Just a few more weeks and winter should start leaving us, I hope.