I have not been shooting as much as I’d like. I am poor, probably make about $8000 a year, it’s not terrible to live on when your folks help you with a place to live, but when you buy rolls of film it adds up, and where I’m in the learning stages of developing each roll counts. I’d recently became frustrated. I have nothing else really in my life that I can do besides photography. I’m not complaining mind you, I love it. It gives me so many reasons to keep going out and shooting, to talk to those strangers on the street, to explore new places, but when you want to, or need to shoot as much as I need to it becomes difficult sometimes to shoot. Which leads me to frustration and depression cause I haven’t taken any new photos in a while.
I felt I was at a dead end. I didn’t know what to do. I asked the universe, my God, what am I suppose to do? I have nothing else than this, my photography, I want nothing else than this. I’d thought about getting a digital camera again, nothing fancy, just something I can shoot with all the time, but then I wouldn’t be able to be in the water photographing surfers and the ocean like I love. GoPro, although an awesome action camera it’s not something you can really grow in your art with. If I’d gotten a DSLR a housing unit for it would be another $1000 on top of the camera and lens, oh and let’s not forget the port for the lens, that’s anywhere from $300-$400 for that guy.
I asked God. What should I do? What am I suppose to do?
Low and behold, a miracle pops up right at that same time. A very well known surf photographer, and lifestyle photography, Drew Martin was putting up his killer camera set up for sale. The exact thing I was looking for. An SPL Waterhousing unit, Canon 7D body with Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens and Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye lens, battery and charger. This baby even came with a world travelled Pelican hard case, already set up for the camera unit.
I am stoked needless to say and am completely grateful to have the set up. I’ve had it almost 2 weeks now and it feels good to be able to just shoot without worrying about how I’m gonna replace the rolls I just exposed. I won’t be giving up on film, but this will allow me to keep on shooting.
A few photos from the first day out walking around the neighborhood with the new camera.
Tuesday the 9th I’d hoped to catch some alright surf at Doheny but alas I found none. Just this kid and his dad ripping through the puddles.
CAMERA: Canon 7D // LENS: Canon 50mm f/1.4 // EDITED IN: Adobe Lightroom 5