Happy New Year – 2009 Sheet Yeah !!!

Yeah baby, happy new year!
Sure for many reasons, but happy for me for a few other reasons. While the holiday’s are great and all, it feels better to have all that in the past. Life is tough enough to do day by day, but to add that stuff on top of it can make it traumatic at best.
That being said, we did okay here. No disasters. Later 2008, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
And sorry for being gone for so long, I spent the entire New Years week on the sofa hacking up small furry animals. I didn’t get a good night’s sleep for over a week and it was getting a bit much. But yesterday it all cleared up and am feeling far better. Thank you Western Medicine, you rock. You know, there’s a reason why people all over the world are clambering for it.
What’s in store this coming year? What resolutions have I made? I don’t know and none. Resolutions are worthless to me. If I want to do something, I do it. I don’t need no damned resolution to cloud my ambitions, it’s my nature. I do have reviews I’m sorely late on, I’m a naughty reviewer. Sorry to everyone to sent me something to review and it hasn’t hit yet.
Where do we go after bacon and smoked pork ribs? I don’t know, only the future holds the answer.
Cheers to you all and thank you for your support over the year, it’s been GREAT.
xo, Biggles
ps – The photograph to the right there was taken with my old D200 and a far older Manual Focus 50 mm f1.2 lens. That my or may not be of any interest to you, but f1.2 is one wide open aperture. Its light gathering, and lack of depth of field ability is stunning to say the least. Not bad for a 25 year old lens, eh?

8 thoughts on “Happy New Year – 2009 Sheet Yeah !!!

  1. That lemon tree – I want one! Not a lemon, a lemon tree! I have one but it’s tired and only produces a lemon on alternate months. Happy New Year, I hope 2009 is a banner year for you!

  2. Dr Biggles,
    May I say this,
    Look forward not back, 2009 will be even better, my friend.
    I’m sitting down with a beer and waiting for a Beef rib section to BBQ,
    No pressure, it will be done when it is done.
    A lesson in life too.
    The kindest of regards to yourself and yours.

  3. …. may your days be merry and bright!
    well I’ve spent the last few days hacking up and EATing small defurred animals!
    glad your feeling better….
    nice lemon… the information on camera and lens is always appreciated by me… does the D200 take ANY older Nikon lens? I’m still a digital novice…have only used the original Nikon coolpic 900, which I generally have to fool into doing what I want it to do.
    I usually photograph with an old manual only Hasselblad body, or an old Canon manual only TL body, using a Pentax spot to meter ( the zoned out system!) My lenses are old and older and they all seem to have a little bit of something different to offer, once you know what it is, your on your way!

  4. Hi Kudzu and thank you !!!
    Hey Mac,
    You’re a breath of fresh air and have wanted to post something here about just this. First photographers had film, then computers came along and confused things. We took our film or prints and scanned them to get them to friends, family or the press. Then came digital cameras to make it quicker. Bringing out prints/negs became tedious and expensive compared to any film rig.
    But over the last few years, you and I included, it’s become apparent that digital images are just that, they’re not traditional photographs. The depth and contrast that film offers simply cannot be reproduced digitally. They’re two different mediums for different purposes.
    Digital is for professionals that need to get that image in tonight, is for taking snapshots of kidlets and for what I do here, blog shots. It’s cute, it’s fast and it works better than film. But for landscapes, fine art and general photography? Keep your film rigs.
    I have about a dozen old Nikon 35mm bodies, a Mamiya RB67 and a few others. This last Sunday I dusted off my old Sekonic light meter and will be in use soon. Today, price & technology have brought film back in to force. You can get your film processed and scanned if you want to for next to nothing. And when you compare that to a decent DSLR? Sheet, I could buy and shoot a Nikon SLR for years before I reach what it cost to buy in to a digital body that goes out every 2 years.
    This is why I bought in to the Nikon system. My D200 will use and matrix meter using a lens made over 25 years ago. Just has to be an Automatic Indexing lens, AI. I had a lens recently made in the early 19’70’s that shot GREAT with my D200. Used Nikkor lenses can be found everywhere for decent cash. They were made so well that they work as well now as they did then, for the most part.
    In my opinion, don’t change anything. Shoot your film and use the digital that you have when appropriate. I’m right behind you and hope to use the RB67 soon in some Meathenge kitchen shots to show what film can really do.