I'm sure it wasn't for lack of trying by the assignment desk, but I had a slow day at work yesterday. Only left the lot for lunch (spicy tuna roll and udon noodle soup) and I guess I shouldn't complain, but slow days make for long days at work.
It used to drive me crazy to sit around while my fellow news people were out on assignments.
Honestly, it still does.
Since these slow days are a lot more rare than they used to be, it has been easier to just roll with it and try to find something productive to do.
Yeah, just not too productive.
With a wealth of on-air talent and even a few behind the scenes mostly willing co-workers to annoy, I decided to log some time shooting with my Canon EOS-M camera.
The EOS-M has largely taken over for my 5D-MKII as a day to day walk around camera. The picture quality is good enough that I don't miss lugging the big camera around.
You have to realize that there was a certain amount of respect I got with the full size gear that I have to earn with the "M", but I kind of expect that the only way to make up for that by taking good photos.
Well, I'm doing the best I can.
I have to say, that's a lot easier when I'm out in the field and just documenting what's happening in front of me.
Still, you don't get better at taking still pictures if you don't know your gear. I spent quite a few years snapping shots with the big camera.
I'm no expert, but I know how to make pictures with the 5D MkII and it's going to take me a minute to learn the quirks (and strengths) of my little camera.
So, while I'm doing that, I'll just keep doing what I've always done.
Annoy people while they're trying to do their job.
(just kidding, but, heh-heh, maybe a little)
Really, what I'll do is wait for something interesting to happen so I can go out and do my job as a news photographer.
In the weather we've been having lately, I shouldn't have to wait too long.