Andre’ the Fuji X100s at the Mummers Parade

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Well Little brother Walker the Sony RX100M3 was there too. Actually I started with the Rx100M3 and after a few minutes wanted to get Andre’ the Fuji X100s warmed up. So I took andre’ out and like instantly, I woke up. I mean it’s like my old friend was glad to be with me and I was glad to be with him. He’s so much my partner that he preset the exposure to 1/250 f5.6 with auto ISO. There’s the possibility that I set that before I put him away last time but I know he was happy to be with me making photos and set my starting exposure for me.  Yes, I believe in magic also.

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See for me, making photos is the is the culmination of my life experiences at the exact second of release. I guess that the experience and the resulting images are the mark of awareness that I am alive and present in the here and now. Andre’ has a way of getting me focused to the awareness of life that no other camera ever did, except my Leica M4’s. It’s an intuitive process that makes me be in the Zone. The Zone is about the here and now and the awareness of the Eye, Heart and Mind.

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Some may ask, why is it important, I just wanna make photos. Well, if your not in the here and now, where exactly are you? What is so interesting there that you aren’t in the here and now? If you are in the here and now, are you aware that you are or are you drifting aimlessly to no destination? Ya think this will have an effect on your photos, on your life, the heck with photography.

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So what do I do as a shooter? Good question. My old buddy, Paul McGuirk many decades ago told me, “Don, you are a very keen observer. You observe with your heart not only your eyes.” I have a pain in my soul and he will never know how much I love and miss him.

So my photos are my observations of life. In the future and  I hope a long ways out there too, I want people to know what the world looked like while I lived in it.

I may not be at one with the people in my life and I may not be at one with the world. I may not even be at one with myself.

I know one observation. I am at one with Andre’ the Fuji X100s and that makes me at one with myself when he’s with me.

Have a blessed journey my friends.

shooter out………………………………………………….>

 

14 thoughts on “Andre’ the Fuji X100s at the Mummers Parade”

    1. Keith. There are some friends I have that when I write from the heart, they get it right a way. You are one of those friends.
      don

  1. “I may not be at one with the people in my life and I may not be at one with the world. I may not even be at one with myself.”

    This hit me where I live so to speak Don… after living through war and combat… I lived in a bubble of my own design & construction most of my adult life since… the camera enables me for a split-second and at 400 ISO connect to a world that I wandered away from….Thanks Don

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivywood14/

    1. Yes sir, a salute. I also am 11B from Nam. I feel that I have a responsibility to my fallen comrades to make the best of my life as I can. You know about that.
      I want to be able to meet them and hold my head high and say, hey guys, I did the best I could. I guess that has flavored my life forever.
      As far as photography goes, it’s the same thing. I feel a responsibility to be true to myself and at the same time to all those that passed before me. Some may say I’m crazy and my doctor will agree.
      I know this my brother, when I get to the other side, I know friends and family and photographers will meet me.

      If I’m crazy and that’s where I am heading, where are the non believers going?

  2. “I may not be at one with the people in my life and I may not be at one with the world. I may not even be at one with myself.”

    This line hit where I live, Don…. after living through combat and war, I have lived in a bubble of my own design and construction most of my adult life since… the camera enables me for a split-second and at 400 ISO connect to a world I wandered from….

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivywood14/

    1. Yes sir, a salute. I also am 11B from Nam. I feel that I have a responsibility to my fallen comrades to make the best of my life as I can. You know about that.
      I want to be able to meet them and hold my head high and say, hey guys, I did the best I could. I guess that has flavored my life forever.
      As far as photography goes, it’s the same thing. I feel a responsibility to be true to myself and at the same time to all those that passed before me. Some may say I’m crazy and my doctor will agree.
      I know this my brother, when I get to the other side, I know friends and family and photographers will meet me.

      If I’m crazy and that’s where I am heading, where are the non believers going?

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