If you caught the recent Much Music U2 special on Canadian TV (‘U2 Dismantled’)… that was one of my pictures they used, full screen, in the Gavin Friday tour of Dublin section. Taken in Dublin in 1990. They must have got it from the website, or from the book if it’s in there. No credit, of course. But still cool.
My third time at Artis Zoo this month gave me a case of something that must be quite similar to penis envy.
The first two times I shuffled around the park, my Canon 300d and cheapo 80-200mm were easily the most advanced system there. People stepped aside and told their children not to get in the way of the lady taking photographs.
Yesterday, besides the army of digital point and shoots, there were at least four individuals carrying serious ‘glass’. I found myself stealing glances of their massive tools whenever they lined up next to me, ready to snap critters in the small mammals area.
I could live with the very large man who at least shared his 10D and impressive image stabilised length – (possibly a 28-300mm L series) with his equally large son.
But the two young girls who were both sporting 70-300mm’s on identical analog EOS cameras really made me and my system feel a little inadequate. Even the guy with the 28-200 Tamron had me question my photographic virility due to its range and, well, girth.
I cycled home chanting ‘It’s not the size, it’s what you do with it’ like a mantra. Then spent the rest of the day clicking through online shops, comparing and scribbling down prices.
I turned my day-ticket into a year-card today at Artis zoo and ended up spending four and a half hours there.
The lions were very entertaining. Mrs Lion (One visitor thought she was a tiger. Elsewhere, lots of visitors thought the wild dogs were ‘wolves’. Sigh.) tried to get a rise out of Mr Lion – I’m guessing she fancies him. Shooting pictures as they play-fought, I quickly understood why one would like to have a bigger buffer in the camera. I would like to have been able to shoot continuously:
They’ve got plants too.
(Most of the shots I took in the hothouses still have to be developed – I used my ‘new’ A-1.)