A New Tool, and My Love of Vinyl

Hello all,

Well, my biggest hurdle to my reintroduction into photography was gear-related. Of course we've all heard the adage "a bad workman always blames his tools", but hear me out. My last outing with my camera ended in disaster. It was actually the day I proposed to Christy, and while out to get a nice photo of the two of us to commemorate the day, one good tug of a leash from her excitable cocker spaniel sent my camera flying onto the concrete. My favorite lens broke in half, and the bottom of the camera body suffered an unsightly crack. Ouch.

That left me with one lens, a 70mm-200mm telephoto, which has it's uses, but as an everyday camera lens, or a landscape lens, it's not a very friendly focal length to work with. I resolved to do my best with it for the time being, but I didn't feel very inspired to try to add to my body of work with it. 

Well, fast forward to the present, and I just got home from a work rotation in Yellowknife. Christy greeted me with a white box, and my eyes of course lit up. It was a camera lens! She had managed to get me to tell her what lens I had eventually planned on buying without me noticing, and proceeded to purchase it as an anniversary/early-birthday/probably-guilt-induced present. It was an incredibly thoughtful gift, and honestly the timing was downright scary. She had no idea how serious I had recently decided to get about photography again, and simply wanted me to have a versatile lens to take with on our trip to Halifax.

It's a beautiful Sigma, an 18-35mm f/1.8. After doing some tests around the house, I can safely say I'm in love with this one, even more than my old Tokina that took the tragic tumble. Here are a few I took of another recently discovered love of mine; vinyl!

When Christy first got her cheap turntable from Amazon, I sort of rolled my eyes. "Vinyl is silly", I thought. "It's the digital age, who has time for vinyl?" Boy was I wrong.

I got my first record as a Christmas gift, a Queens of the Stone Age album. It was sort of intoxicating. The big gatefold sleeve, the beautiful artwork, the inserts, and the slick records themselves... I put the record on and listened to some of my favorite tunes being cranked out of the speakers in analogue. It felt like a completely new experience. I was immediately hooked. 

We've since upgraded our system, and I remain on the hunt for new records all the time. Listening to music takes on an entire new meaning and experience for me in this format. I know, vinyl seems pretentious. It's the hipsters format, right? Well, that's what I thought too, but here I am, thoroughly obsessed.

If you managed to read this far, congratulations and thank you for sticking with me. Next weeks trip to Halifax should yield some new photographs for me to share with you, so check back soon!

- Christopher