Murray and I always look forward to the newest arrival of Popular Photography. We love all the different features of this magazine, from how to take better shots, using lighting, and the ongoing battle of the newest and best in camera technology.
I want to share a letter to the editor from this month's issue. It quite cracked me up as I could so identify with Mr. Fairbrother.
On a family trip to Kananaskis, Alberta, we walked through the provincial park, and the beauty was astounding. I didn't realize it, but I kept getting ahead of my family, eager to see what lay beyond the next bend. I was sseing it not as a tourist, but as a photographer, in highlights and shadows, compositions and lines. Lost in my own world behind the viewfinder, I was exhilarated. Suddenly, my wife remarked that I must be in a bad mood because I was ignoring her and my two young boys.
Reflecting on this, I recalled other family outings where my desire to photograph what we were experiencing superseded my ability to enjoy it as a family. Other than leaving the camera behind, what can I do?
~ Brian Fairbrother
Comox, BC, Canada
Pop Photo's Answer : Buy three more cameras.
Popular Photography July 2009