Reason #10,389 Why you should always have a camera with you

  • Posted on: August 16, 2007
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beer delivery guyWorking for B&H I often get asked what is the best camera out there.

My reply is often: The one that is in your hand.

A camera can shoot 10 frames per second and have the highest megapixels out in the market, but if it is in your bag at home, or on your shelf, chances are you are missing some great shots. I recently received my point and shoot digital camera (the only digital camera that I own) back from repairs and it is great to have my always attached to my hip Ricoh GRd back in action. I took this photo of the week last week during the 10 minutes that I went outside my office for lunch.

In other Gabe news:

Nancy and I are preparing for our Tuscan Vacation. We fly to Rome tonight and take the train up to meet our good friends David, Barbara, and Mamina in Cortona, Tuscany. They invited us a year ago to stay with them in their Farmhouse and take lots of pictures and eat real Italian food. David and I have come up with a photo theme and plan on a lot of Night Photography as well as early morning photo shoots. I anticipate several siestas under the Tuscan Sun. Nancy and I previously visited Italy and Tuscany in 1997 and a 54 image show came out of that trip…so the expectations are high!

Here are two pictures I plan on expounding upon while on the trip:

abandoned farmhouse, tuscany monster gardens

And if you want to really make fun of me, here is my gear list for the trip:

Mamiya 7 with 65mm lens – This will be my main camera and I will be shooting with TriX film as well as the recently rereleased Ilford SFX infrared film.

Widelux F7 – This is a small panoramic camera. Who can resist panoramas?

Zero Image 4×5 pinhole camera – Rumor has it that I like to shoot pinhole cameras. This camera hasn’t got a lot of use lately and I’m ready to show it the large format love.

Nikon F3 with 70-210 lens – Okay, this might be overkill but this is the only telephoto lens I have and I have a feeling I’ll be wanting to zoom into some Tuscan villas from the distance.

Believe it or not, all this gear fits into one bag. I don’t plan on bringing all these cameras with me all the time. I just want options.

And let’s not forget that little Ricoh camera that never leaves my hip!

It is highly unlikely that I will be posting any updates on the website while in Tuscany. But we will be back on August 27th with plenty of stories and images!

Ciao for now!

8 Comments

  1. gabriel biderman fine art photography» Blog Archive » Bosco dei Mostri ~ Monster Gardens · January 2, 2008

    […] In 1998, when I first visited the Monster Gardens with Nancy we pretty much had the place to ourselves; to explore and photograph. I made a mural (40″ x 66″) silver print of Nancy standing inside this Ogre’s mouth that now hangs in our living room and can also be seen in one of my recent posts. […]

  2. gabriel biderman fine art photography » Bosco dei Mostri ~ Monster Gardens · September 26, 2007

    […] In 1998, when I first visited the Monster Gardens with Nancy we pretty much had the place to ourselves; to explore and photograph. I made a mural (40″x5 1/2′) silver print of Nancy standing inside this Ogre’s mouth that now hangs in our living room and can be also seen on one of my recent posts. […]

  3. Matt · August 17, 2007

    Awesome shot, Gabe. It really takes a moment to let the irony sink in. In addition – you are right on about always having a camera in hand. Same goes for any creative pursuit. If you can;t capture the moment, it passes you by.

    Hope the four of you have a wonderful time in Italy.

    Cheers to the last guy I know who still has a silver darkroom in his closet.

  4. Sandy · August 16, 2007

    Wouldn’t think it possible that you could top the photos from ’97, but I know you five and if anyone can do it, you can.
    Love and best wishes
    s

  5. Tamra Grace · August 16, 2007

    NanGabe, Aloha! have a great trip!

  6. Andy Frazer · August 16, 2007

    Wow! Night photography in Tuscany! I’m so jealous.

    Andy Frazer

  7. Rusty Jackson · August 16, 2007

    Have a wonderful trip… I expect to see a lot of panoramas! Printing some here now in soggy Texas (new printer is super). Ciao, Rj.

  8. Ruth Dean · August 16, 2007

    I can taste that Tuscan Bread right now…

    Have a wonderful time

    Ruth

    P.S. plus the Wine