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My Photography; The Past, Present, and Future

My Photography; The Past, Present, and Future

It’s no secret, I love photography. 

My first digital SLR was an Olympus E-500, which I bought… gosh… I forget how long ago. I bought it as a kit shortly before it was discontinued. I had two kit lenses with it, and I remember it taking very nice shots for being fairly inexpensive. I then upgraded to a Canon Rebel XSi, mainly since I wanted more choices for lenses. This was my first foray into the land of the bigger-brand cameras.

I shot on the Canon platform for many years, and I’d done all kinds of shoots; engagement, casual portraits, travel… and had great results. I also had many fellow photographer friends who constantly sung the praises of their respective cameras each time we talked about what we were using. Nikon guys loved their Nikons; Sony folk loved their Sony’s, and so on. Being the inquisitive and curious individual that I am, I wanted to see what life was like on the other side of the pond.

Some would say the grass was greener with a Nikon. Others say it was so with a Canon. Some said one brand’s lenses were better. Some say the tech is best in a Sony body. Some said one brand was better for certain types of photography. Some said ergonomics were better on one than another. I made the jump to Nikon in 2013 to find out for myself what it was like. 

It was actually a lot of fun.

I sold my Canon 5Dmk3 and all of my Canon stuff to make the jump to a Nikon D7100. 

I shot with my trusty Nikon for 4 years. We traveled together, we did portrait shoots, and lots of fun and casual shoots.  I found that the grass wasn’t greener, it was still just as lush and green as it was on the Canon side, it was just…a different feeling grass. 

The tech wasn’t any better or worse, and the ergonomics weren’t any better or worse. The sensor on the D7100 is a crop-frame size, versus the 5Dmk3 being full-frame, but the images I got were just as good with plenty of detail and dynamic range. 

In the end, I learned that the grass isn’t greener switching to a different camera platform. There are technical differences between them, if you want to take the time to find them out, but photography (like any art form) is very much about “feel” for me. The grass is still just as green and lush if you know how to properly maintain it. Lawns don’t take care of themselves, they have to be cut, watered and maintained, much like someone’s skill in photography. Switching over got me excited about shooting again, and it forced me to “focus” on the craft, and not so much what gear I was using. 

Fast forward to this year, and I’d been wanting to look at upgrades for my trusty Nikon. For technical reasons I needed to make a change in camera bodies to be able to take my images to the next level. I’d been looking at the Nikon D810, because I wanted to upgrade to a body with a full-frame sensor. I’d had one in the past, and remembered what was possible with that versus what I’d had. Once I’d heard about the recent financial news from Nikon,  I started looking at the company in a different light; something just didn’t feel right about the whole situation. 

I knew from years back that making the jump from one platform to another isn’t all that easy, so I spoke to a few fellow photographer friends what they thought, and got mixed opinions. I asked if they thought Nikon’s news would mean the company would go under, or if it was just a bump in the road and they’d rebound. In the end, they’re a huge company with a huge following, so it’s quite possible nothing awful would come of this, but I still wasn’t feeling reassured. Maybe this was the signal I needed to start looking at some other options.  

After running some numbers and seeing where I was at, I figured out now was just as good of a time as any to make my upgrade to a full-frame camera, by going back to where I came from. 

With the Canon 5Dmk4 out now, the price on the 5Dmk3 was right within my budget. So, as of now I’m back in the Canon camp with the kit that I had before I switched over to Nikon. I’ve got a Canon 5Dmk3, with the 24-105 f/4L lens. 

I remember the reasons I made the switch in the first place, and am enjoying those all over again now. I’m excited about photography again. I now have a camera that gives me the technical upgrades I’ve been looking for to allow for more possibilities with my future photography. I don’t regret making this jump, or any of the jumps I’d made, because it’s all a matter of gaining experience. In the end, it’s a matter of cultivating the grass so it always stays green. 

If you’d like to see some of my pictures, please take a look at my newly-updated photography portfolio and online store by clicking here. 



Working From One Vacation To The Next

Working From One Vacation To The Next

My vacation countdown @ my desk at work. 
My vacation countdown @ my desk at work. 

I always love seeing people’s reactions when walking past my desk at work. 

“Didn’t you just get back from a trip?” is the most common question I’m asked.

I’d say, “Why, yes I did!”

It’s fun to come in each morning, and erase one of the numbers and write the next one lower. It’s fun to see those numbers go down, slowly but surely. It’s one of those indicators that time is on your side, doing its job. It keeps going down to eventually get you to where you need to be: On Vacation!

From my interactions with other cruise enthusiasts, it seems like the whole “counting down” thing is fairly common. I, for one, love knowing that I have something great coming in the future that I have to look forward to, instead of just working day in and day out.  We all get our motivation from different sources; for me, this is definitely one of them. 

Another source of motivation is that I want to sail on as many Royal Caribbean ships as I can! I’ve started out on Legend of the Seas (it was a long time ago, but it counts!), Freedom of the Seas, and just recently Majesty of the Seas. 3 down, 22 to go.  I’d love to have Royal Caribbean ship magnets going all the way to the floor on my cube wall at work! 

I realize this may or may not happen, since ships come and go from the fleet, but nothing wrong with having goals. This will also get me traveling all over, since not all ships sail from Florida or to the Caribbean. 

Alaska, Asia, Australia, Southern Pacfic, The Mediterranean…  I’ve got lots of different places to see, and I figure now’s as good a time as any to do it. 


Going Public: My Social Media Update

Going Public: My Social Media Update

If you all couldn’t tell, I deeply enjoy creating content; whether it’s a text post on my blog, taking pictures, recording music, or creating a video of some variety.  As I’d mentioned in my previous “Love Me Some Content” post, I’ve got stuff all over the place, but there was a small problem;  my various usernames didn’t match.

Some places I was jbrecording, referencing my online identity specific to my recording studio and making music. On Twitter, I was MiniCoopJeep, an homage to being the car guy that I am, and I simply used my name on YouTube for my videos up there. There was no cohesion between them, except for one thing. I was the cohesion.

So today, thanks to the help of one of my good friends, I’ve unified my online social media presence and am known with the moniker iamJohnBamber on all of my social media accounts.

So, why the change? Well, I did this change to separate my “public” life from my personal life. I’m not an online celebrity by any means, but I, just like anyone else, have as much of a chance to become one.  Will that actually happen? Who knows? We’ll see.

I’ve even created a public Facebook page so I can keep my personal Facebook content private.  Since I’ve created the public Facebook page, I will no longer be pushing these blog updates to my private Facebook account.  If you would like to follow along with my blogs and videos, you can subscribe here for e-mail updates, or visit my public Facebook page and click the “Like” button.

It looks like 2017 will be a great year, and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.



Love Me Some Content!

Love Me Some Content!

 Pictures, audio files, video files, text… so many types of content, and so many ways in which to snap, post, like, or share this content. Let’s snap a quick picture, what do we do with it? Tweet it? Facebook it? Instagram it? Do we hashtag it? Nowadays, it seems like the lines of “where to put what” are blurring. Is this a problem? Some think it may be, but I see it as a light bulb I’ve been waiting to come on for a long time. 

I have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and two YouTube channels. While I’d love to have gazillions of subscribers on YouTube, I don’t know if that’s really the avenue I want to use for delivering my content, and even more importantly, I don’t see that happening, and I’m fine with that. As much as I enjoy making YouTube videos, I also enjoy writing blog posts. I enjoy expressing myself with words, so I don’t want to abandon the idea of blogging in favor of only doing videos. 

I had a conversation with a friend of mine on the way in to work this morning and had a true “light bulb” moment: Blogs don’t have to only be text!

So, I’m thrilled to announce that THIS website… here… my name dot com, johnbamber.com – This will be where I will do….what it is that I want to do. Blogs, videos, I can’t decide whether I want to be a YouTube vlogger (video blogger), or a text blogger, so I’m going to be and do BOTH.

You can visit my page to read my posts, but they’ll auto-share to Facebook and Twitter, so you can see when my new posts hit, but even better,  You can even sign up to get my latest entries in an e-mail by visiting this link.  No spam will be sent to you as a result, I promise.  

I’ve even gone through and curated a bunch of old content… old pictures, videos, and text from all of my years of doing…this… whatever it’s called. Perhaps I’ll call it… “expressing myself” – maybe? Comment below, and let me know. 

So please feel free to enjoy my old stuff here, you can subscribe to me on Youtube here,  and you can join my e-mail list here, and you can enjoy my new forthcoming content.

So, here’s to some great new (and old) content. Thanks as always. 


Thank You, Steve.

Thank You, Steve.

The greatest gift Steve Jobs left to all of us is the gift of camaraderie; he found a way through technology to impart upon us an opportunity to bond with one another.  This, the Apple culture, is his legacy, and it will live on through the company, the technology, and all of us for years to come.

Thank you for this wonderful gift, and for truly enriching our lives. You will be missed.