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Order Versus Chaos

Order Versus Chaos
Order Versus Chaos

The symmetrical Order Versus the Chaos of a Bad Hair Day.

One of the most ordered things in the universe sitting amongst a scattered scaffolding of coarse hairs. Clearly Chaos defined.

Captured here by a nice really TINY snowflake. It’s Sitting individual hairs of BobCat fur. I find animal fur a very good platform to shoot snowflakes from. The hard part is getting the BobCat to stay still long enough to get the shot……..🤔

Fur in general will catch flakes and often hold them ideally vertically for me. I get into enough Photo-yoga without having to block light to get over horizontal flakes. I can’t think of a better media for this work as it won’t melt the snowflakes. The hair is a wonderful insulator

Photographic musings:

Just before I started typing this narrative, I was outside with this very piece of fur looking for that perfect flake while enjoying zero windchill. The gear I use is variable depending on the lighting as I work from several Macro lenses. Each lens you should EVER buy should be a generational purchase. I have lenses I’m still using I bought in the 1990’s and use several 1970’s lenses say weekly…

On the other hand, I consider camera backs a disposable item after the repair cost exceeds a new camera. They are worth less and less each new model that comes out. I haven’t worn one out to the point of not being able to repair one though just yet. What’s good about Sony is that you CAN get them fixed.

I’m about to send two 1400 dollar Sony Alpha 7 RII cameras back into repair (400-900 dollars each camera so far). I wear out several Camera backs a year these days. Environmental stress destroys complex delicate electronics, LOTS of manual settings, beat up the settings wheels. There is a lot of grit in the atmosphere/environment here too.

I find that cameras in this extreme environment stop working in some manner in the 50-100k click mark. I easily take that many photos and more but spread that 8 cameras currently. I send one in about every 2 months or so lolol. I’ll be working with only 6 functioning workhorses for the next month. That is sort of a handy-cap the way I do things these days sadly. They will come back like new if History is a guide.

If your able to afford it, having cameras and lenses covering all different focal lengths is HIGHLY desirable. I always take 5 or 6 cameras and lens combinations with me while working to make what I do happen. You can sure take good photos with one camera body with multiple lenses. Problem is you have to change during a shoot. No one has enough time during a sunset to be changing lenses. For an example: last night I worked 5 cameras for a half an hour last night as the Sun set directly over the Bighorn Mountains. Every camera has dozens or hundreds of images of that event.

Changing lenses also introduces dirt and dust into your camera. You can buy cleaning kits on amazon. Not that hard to do. Get the right sized sqab kit though…

Location: Bliss Dinosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana borderlands

Title: Order Versus Chaos