Just retired? Photography is the perfect hobby – Clearwater Times

A longtime good friend who I hadn’t seen for awhile stopped by to inform me he had simply retired and was considering pictures could be a superb hobby. We talked about the gear he had, and I (in fact) agreed that pictures could be nice.
I’ve been fascinated with him, and I believed I’d repost this text from November of 2011.
The previous few months I’ve met retirees who’ve taken up pictures as a approach to fill anticipated free time and add an fascinating problem to their future.
One lately retired fellow talked about an costly new lens he received as a retirement current. I used to be as excited as he is about his new lens and thought that it was a neat approach to begin his retirement. When I discussed he can have plenty of time to do pictures. He made me chortle at his reply, “Yes, as quickly because it will get hotter.” But, I do know a little bit of chilly climate gained’t cease him.
Anytime I get one thing new I can’t wait to begin utilizing it.
Even although he complained about the chilly, he’ll be out this week together with his new telephoto lens regardless of the temperature. I do know he needs to {photograph} birds, however I urged he take a drive to a close-by space to {photograph} the bighorn sheep.
That age group referred to as Baby Boomers are retiring and lots of are critically taking over pictures. One fellow I met mentioned, “I determine with the time I’ve I ought to take pleasure in day-after-day.”
He had simply retired and spent properly over $20,000 on a digital camera and lenses. For those who gasp at that degree of expenditure, remember that his leisure funding gained’t be taxed yearly, gained’t want costly upkeep, and can give him years of enjoyment at no actual extra value, besides maybe bills when he travels to some thrilling location.
Another retired good friend simply downsized to a small residence and though an avid hunter all his life he gave up packing a rifle and will probably be packing a digital camera with an extended lens connected. He defined to me that he actually likes to hunt, however the enjoyable ended and the work began when he shot one thing. Now the enjoyable continues after he “shoots” his prey and I anticipate he’ll take pleasure in the compliments when he shows an excellent {photograph}.
He can hunt and {photograph} wildlife anytime and anyplace. His story of sneaking up on an elk herd close to Jasper, quietly wading a glacier fed stream and crawling by means of underbrush to get pictures of majestic elk, had me imagining him moist to his waist, lined with mud and pine needles, however completely happy and excited with the photos. Now that’s looking.
Modern digital camera expertise has freed photographers from tools and manufacturing challenges of the previous. A photographer now not is weighed down with heavy, metal-bodied SLR (single lens reflex) cameras. Gone is the problem of choosing the right movie for lighting circumstances, and movie storage for lengthy journeys.
Like me, these photographers with drained, outdated eyes now personal cameras that shortly auto-focus. The days of returning dwelling from trip with movie, and ready to have it processed and paying for that processing are fortunately lengthy gone. Photographers instantly know in the event that they received the shot proper and may delete the errors.
Want to ship an image to the grandkids? It’s laughably simple. I bear in mind a three-month journey throughout Canada that I took in the Nineteen Seventies. I might shoot slides, put them in lab mailers and have them despatched to my dwelling tackle. My home sitting buddies would then get collectively and have slide exhibits questioning the place I used to be when the image was made. Today I put up my photos for family and friends with commentary on a social community, or any image-sharing web site from my motel room or whereas enjoyable at a espresso store.
Photography is a tailor made pastime for retirement. For many it’s a good time of life with plenty of freedom. And what higher approach to seize and share new recollections, be artistic, stay energetic, and to maintain that mind stimulated by working with a digital camera.
Stay protected and be artistic. These are my ideas for this week. Contact me at www.enmanscamera.com or [email protected].
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