The older I get, the more I want my personal technology-stuff to be small, and to work without effort (especially as someone who is paid to deal with delicate electronics in uncontrolled environments...)
First it was a cheap mac mini in June of 2010 - still going strong, with some additional RAM in 2012, and a new SSD hard drive last month to speed things back up. That's over 8 years later!!!
I purchased my first iPhone in December of 2010, and upgraded in January of 2014 - still going strong with the 5s (although I did replace the battery last month)
I can count on one hand, the number of times that my phone has left me with a desire to replace it... and only then because of it's speed (which a re-start seemed to fix) - I'll be first in line for a new 'small-screen' iPhone as I can't stomach the size of the new ones...
My first iPad was the mini in 2012 (sold it in 2017 for 1/3 it's purchased price, and bought a 'new' one last year.) It's extremely transportable and just works - again, first in line for a new "mini" that has up to date internals
Now come the AirPods.
As a "Sound-guy" you'd think that I would have some kind of opinion about the quality of the audio, and how it isn't worth the trade-off to be wireless.
...nope, I love 'em.
It's been truly transformative to be able to listen to a podcast, watch a seminar, or listen to music - without having to worry about the buds falling out of my ears, or cables getting in the way.
So far - they just work.
For the types of listening that I'm doing with them, it's a case of - good-enough quality, with freedom of movement, and simple automatic connection; being way more important than all-out quality.
At work - I'll probably never be able to lose the cable, but at home - it's wire-free.
Neither Lisa, nor I put the sock-monkey in the box...
...looking proud/sleepy/threatening. Ignoring the WHY for a second - My biggest question is actually HOW he managed to lift the lid, throw the toy into the box, and manage to close it up on it's neck...
Solo tree in the bush - 1st march 2013 - somewhere outside of Broken Hill, NSW
Nikon D7000+18-200@84mm (35 equiv), f6.3, for 1/250th sec, ISO 640
I took an unpaid gig recording the sound for a "trailer-shoot" of a horror film (a sizzle-reel, in the hopes of securing funding); mostly due to the location being in Broken Hill. It was also a great way of showing the outback to a friend visiting from Canada.
There was very little dialog (almost none) to capture - so I managed to keep myself busy collecting ambiences, fx, and taking a bunch of awesome photos.
Beer Commercial - 16th May 2005 - North Queensland, Australia
Pentax Optio S4, (35mm @ 35mm equiv.), f4.3, for 1/1600th sec, ISO 50
Literally one of the most difficult, spectacular, and financially rewarding jobs of my life.
Unexpected and difficult to lock down interference, resulted in running hundreds of meters of XLR on soft sand, to hard-cable a boom.
Multiple commercials over a week of shooting on a beautiful island, where 'most' of the crew were staying. *I say most, because the sound and animal handling departments couldn't fit into the accommodations, so we had an earlier call-time to catch a boat in the morning, and were sitting in triple-time boating back each evening...
In honour of Mr D completing their 8th and final Season - I thought I'd dive into the archives and select a few photos from my time on the first season - before we became family, way back when I was a come-from-away...
Mr D, is the reason I first came to Halifax, and was a large part of why I chose to stay.
The six seasons I spent capturing performances was all too short, and frequently too funny.
Congratulations on your achievements and best of luck for the future.
Sony rx100, widest angle, f2.2, for 1/30th sec, ISO 500
Mid-way through the second season of Mr D - Testing a new mount for my camera; thinking it'd be a nifty angle to capture, and one that would require a lot of tinkering to sort out. Funnily enough, I was so happy with the first result, that I haven't really craved repeating it...