What I mean by the rabbit hole effect of non-converging verticals is just that I can't imagine shooting with a camera that never lets me correct the verticals. I have shot a number of very interesting (to me) photos with converging verticals when I specifically wanted that look.
What I was aiming for with this was just to express that feeling of frustration that I get periodically. When I make images, I'm generally happy with them myself; I just wonder sometimes why I'm doing it.
Agreed that vacations without photography would be lacking. However, I think the rabbit hole of perfect, non-converging lines is more of a trap than a rabbit hole. Most of my favorite photos are those in which the photographer uses convergence to accentuate the subject matter of the photo. Perhaps that is something to explore in order to progress beyond the present plateau? I may be misconstruing your entire thrust, but it might help to just go out for a walk without the camera and/or thoughts of photography. Set it aside for a short bit and let your head breathe. I have a feeling that despite of your best efforts photography will creep into your thoughts and present you with new ideas to explore. I wish that I still lived in the DC area because the sheer amount and variety of things to photograph is amazing. I only realized this once I moved away. It is much more difficult to make an interesting photo in Kansas, excluding studio/interior shots. Just some thoughts...
I agree about going on vacation without a camera (of any kind). How pointless, and how boring to go somewhere that is not photogenic.
I agree with your comments. Especially those regarding the need to promote myself. By the time I finished high school, I was so sick of selling things that I just can't seem to get the marketing of my work going.
Ditto. Well said.
Went to the city of Alameda. Three thrift stores. Just a few compacts.
Regarding the digitals, two of the three I bought required ten more dollars to get running. One is too ugly to use as a gift.
I check Thriftstores in my area regularly. Last week-end I got a Nikon F for $14.99 at the Value Village. Beat-up, looks like it went through the Vietnam war (perhaps it did) but still ticking. I replaced the mirror bumper and cleaned up dust from the ground glass. I've run a roll of film through it and look forward to see how it does.
You got an Oly 2020 for $10 - brilliant. That's a cult camera for digital infra-red imaging - there's one in my bag now and it cost me a lot more than that. Put a dark red 43mm filter on it and see (get one from China on ebay).
Sorry - wrong place - but I'm also an unrepentant collector of veteran digital cameras - y'know, like more than five years old. Oh and antique ones - more than ten years old. :-)
Portland has been a dream city for thrift store camera scores. My short list of scores!
Pentax spotmatic II
Canon Canonet QL17 GIII
Pentax ME Super, in all black
Minolta Himatic 11
Canon AF35ML (future classic if you ask me)
A pair of vivitar 283's and other assorted filters and lenses too numerous to remember. This all in only the past year!
Hmmmm... $50 German Range Finder?
Ya might have missed the best bargain of all. Have you priced a Zeiss Super Ikonta?
tim (sometime thrift shopper) in san jose