Musings...

Photography, music art and life blog.  Less of the life

Mobile Photography, Quebec

It has been a while since I last updated this blog - over a year.  In that time,  I have found that photography gets more and more difficult, at least being dedicated to taking photographs daily, practicing the art - it takes effort and energy.  Moreover it requires you to always be prepared, always ensure you pack a camera with you.

 

 I have a few cameras, that I use regularly: the Canon EOS 6D full-frame I use in the studio and for any ‘serious’ shoots where quality is of the utmost concern. I consider the original Canon EOS M my ‘fun’ or ‘occasional’ camera.  And I use a Canon AE-1 film camera very sparingly to attempt to preserve a bit of mystery when taking photos, to be forced to wait until the images are developed later to see what I have captured and ‘hope for the best’.

 

The big ‘but’ about this is that all of this takes preparation, remembering to account for the extra weight and frankly inconvenience of an item I have to lug around with me for the whole day.  Don’t get me wrong; on the days I plan to go out shooting, it is not an inconvenience - I will have the camera in my hand waiting for a photographic opportunity.  It is when my day consists of anything not photography centered: this is when it becomes a chore. If I see something I want to snap. I have to reach into my bag, get the camera switched on and compose my shot...  alright. It may not seem a palaver but for me it is. 

 

This is where the saying “the best camera there is, is the one you have with you”. It doesn’t quite matter if the money shot you have just managed to grab is taken with a cell phone or with a Hasselblad - if you don’t have a camera with you, you don’t get the shot.

 

So, like most people in the 21st century I am tied to my mobile phone, currently an iPhone 7 Plus which I in no way mean to endorse but will end up doing so anyway as anytime an iPhone is mentioned, people will complain that you are fanboying... well I guess guilty as charged, whatever. So this is the camera I always have with me. And I have pretty much ditched carrying anything else photography-wise. Gone are the days where (for me) quality is the king/queen.  Much like the fidelity wars in audio where companies were selling music and home audio equipment geared towards higher and higher quality and mp3’s basically squashed that war along with a bunch of frequencies nobody but graying audiophiles cared about. The content became king or queen. Who cared if you could get a copy of a track in glorious 96khz where you could hear the vocalist actually scratch his butt between breaths?  Someone somewhere could get that track within minutes of discovering it, download it to their iPod, Zune or whatever and get to enjoy the actual content.

 

So it is with images now; where will that final image end up? Usually Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. Rarely actually printed. The content no matter how small the files size, how poor the actual photography skills, no matter how banal or uninteresting the image is, it is content that is instantly shared with the masses.

 

i still care about high image quality where it can be controlled as I do with high fidelity music, but to simply continue the act of photography is the most important thing to me.  I need to have an image capturing device handy at the highest quality available in the smallest most convenient housing possible. 

 

So I guess this brings me to the images, taken with the eponymous iPhone 7 Plus and its pretty decent camera, edited either within the Photos app or with a variety of other image processing apps such as (infrequently) Adobe’s Lightroom for mobile, Photoshop Mix or Fix, or more frequently Mextures or SKRWT. Again, no endorsement implied but unavoidable, please search on the App Store, I am certain they are available for Android as well as IOS.

 

While inadvertently plugging Apple’s hardware, I must also give a shout out to IOS 11’s new Live Mode editing that can create short gifs - if gifs were available on this blogging platform I would share the results with you but I can’t - or at least I haven’t tried to find out yet... 

 

Anyway, here are a few examples of the last years worth of incidental photography from around the Quebec region

* Note: this blog Will be continuously updated with new images

Michael

September 23rd 2017

2CV Vieux Montreal, July 2017

2CV Vieux Montreal, July 2017

Notre-Dame Basilica de Montreal, July 2017

Notre-Dame Basilica de Montreal, July 2017

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Feux d’artifice, Vieux Quebec, August 2017

Winter landscape, Stoneham et Tewksbury, March 2017

Winter landscape, Stoneham et Tewksbury, March 2017

Power lines, Quebec City, May 2017

Power lines, Quebec City, May 2017

Roche, Saguenay River, August 2017

Roche, Saguenay River, August 2017

Railway lines, Quebec City, June 2017 

Railway lines, Quebec City, June 2017 

Dramatic Light, Quebec City, June 2017 

Dramatic Light, Quebec City, June 2017 

Eye, Quebec City, June 2017

Eye, Quebec City, June 2017

Canoes In Saguenay, Saguenay River, August 2017

Canoes In Saguenay, Saguenay River, August 2017

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Birds In The Afternoon Sun, Quebec City, September 2017

River, Saguenay River, August 2017

River, Saguenay River, August 2017

La Lune au Matin, Quebec September 2017 

La Lune au Matin, Quebec September 2017 

Motor, Quebec City, June 2017

Motor, Quebec City, June 2017

Onondaga, Rimouski, October 2017

Onondaga, Rimouski, October 2017

Layers Of Gray, Saguenay River, August 2017

Layers Of Gray, Saguenay River, August 2017

River Landscape, Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier, August 2015

River Landscape, Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier, August 2015

Marshland, Stoneham-et-Tewksbury, October 2016

Marshland, Stoneham-et-Tewksbury, October 2016

Big Sky I, Rimouski, October 2017

Big Sky I, Rimouski, October 2017

Power, Quebec City, March 2017

Power, Quebec City, March 2017

Chalets, Saguenay River, August 2017

Chalets, Saguenay River, August 2017

Spire, Rimouski, October 2017

Spire, Rimouski, October 2017

Approaching Storm, Quebec City, July 2017

Approaching Storm, Quebec City, July 2017

Sunset River, Saguenay River, August 2017

Sunset River, Saguenay River, August 2017

Island, Rimouski, October 2017

Island, Rimouski, October 2017

Cloudy Street, Quebec City, July 2017

Cloudy Street, Quebec City, July 2017

Big Sky II, Rimouski, October 2017

Big Sky II, Rimouski, October 2017

The Feel of the times...

All of my mixes take me back to the time of creating them.  It can be a lengthy process: finding tracks that touch/move me in some way, matching them with other tracks, moving them around so they complement each other.  I have sometimes mulled over a mix for months before finally finding the right combination.  Sometimes it happens quickly and I can knock out 2 mixes in a week .

 

But they always always get suffused with the life I am living right then - the feelings generated by the work I do, the shoots I have had, the people I have met.  So listening to any mix is a walk through my memories.  Sometimes bittersweet - they are never painful no matter how much pain I felt at the time.  Time dulls the sharpest pangs removing pain and allowing me to be an observer to the the regrets the losses and the despair so it just becomes nostalgia.

 

Music is transformative and the very fact that I am creating music or mixing music somehow absorbs the hurt as well as the joys, allowing a form of equilibrium.

 

I don't know what I would do without it.

Sex & Relationships

I read something today that struck a chord:

 

"I asked him what he liked about porn, and whether access to me or all the other women in the world (hotter ones, I even gave him) would be better, ideally.

His answer surprised me, it wasn’t about quality or quantity, but about availability. With me, (and he loved me very much, he clarified), he had to woo me, constantly. Sex was never a given, and this is a biological difference between men and women. He was trying, all the time to make me think of him sexually and to initiate sex and even my higher-than-average female libido couldn’t keep up with him. As loving and as open and assuring as I was towards him, he was still getting rejected by me in this way, often (and even more often if he would be honest about how frequently he wanted sex)."

People forget that within a relationship rejection is still a thing - you don't get rid of the idea of rejection when you are in a marriage or long term relationship - you now just become rejected by one person.  The idea of a committed relationship is that you are meant to have someone that you trust enough to either reject in a controlled and supportive way (or not) or talk openly about the feeling of being rejected that should then lead to being rejected in a better way (or not).  Rejection is a part of relationships.  How we deal with it or not  is the key, and that key will tell you whether you should be part of that relationship at all

Panoramas Of Quebec...

An actual blog of photos this time...

 

Parc de l'artillerie just before seeing the band Plants and Animals - actually a really cool evening

Maizerets

St Jean Port Joli

Riviere du Loup I

Riviere du Loup II