The neurologic stuff has been whacking me recently, so I decided to spoil myself with a somewhat extravagant present. I've been jonesing for a new camera for a while now, but because any camera I use needs to have several specific features to make it Wheelchair Kamikaze friendly (most notably, a flip out viewscreen, and both still and video capabilities), my choices have been limited. You can see my basic setup, with my old camera, here.
This past spring, Panasonic announced it would be marketing very sophisticated camera that appeared to have the perfect combination of Wheelchair Kamikaze features. The camera didn't hit the market until mid-September, and I placed an order for it on the first day it became generally available.
So, I'm now the proud owner of a Panasonic GH-1. The camera takes beautiful still photographs, and also does HD video, which means that you should see a significant increase in the image quality of future Wheelchair Kamikaze videos. Oh boy!
I've already shot some raw footage for a new video, a trip to the Museum of Modern Art, so I'll have to get busy editing it. Unfortunately, for the next several weeks I'm going to be dealing with cataract surgery (yes, despite being 46 years old, I'm doing my best impression of a 90 year old), so I'm not sure that my eyes will be in "video editing" condition. In fact, I'm not even sure if my eyes will be in "computer viewing" condition, so if my posts here become a little less frequent, please understand.
The eye doctors are telling me that my distance vision should be vastly improved almost immediately, but that my close-up and reading vision will definitely require glasses, which I won't be able to get until after the surgeries have healed sufficiently for my vision to become stable. My right eye is being operated on this coming Tuesday (October 27), and the left eye the Tuesday after that (November 3). I'm sure I'll figure something out, though, so you'll not be free from my relentless blatherings for too long...
This past week I was down in Bethesda for yet another visit to the National Institutes of Health, which I'll report on when all the information is in and I've been able to discuss it with my doctors. No sense spouting off here before I know what the hell I'm talking about...
Anyway, here are a few photos that I've taken with the new camera. These were shot in Central Park, which is an ever-changing photographer's paradise. Please feel free to comment and critique to your hearts content. I'm always open to constructive criticism (and lavish praise). Click on the thumbnail to see a full-size image...
Great photos, Marc! Hope your surgery and recovery is uneventful. I'll be sending you lots of healing thoughts in the days ahead.:)ReplyDelete
Very excited about the new camera, as I'm a fan of your videos. Good luck with the surgery :)ReplyDelete
I love your New York. You make me miss my occasional glimpse of it when for 40 years I was nearby in Jersey, but have to say I love Sections of Baltimore (well, it is/was murder capital (or heroin?) Any way love parts of Baltimore I go in. Glad to "see" you after NIH. You deserve gifts!!!
Marc, I just wanted to wish the best of luck with your surgery. My mom had both eyes operated on and her vision is better than mine. I'm looking foward to you getting back to us soon!ReplyDelete
Ann (from Norway)
Enjoyed your post, great photos, looking forward to your next video.
Hope your op goes well on Tuesday.
Wonderful Photos! Isn't it fun figuring out a new camera? I bought a Nikon D90 a year ago, and I love it!ReplyDelete
Good luck with the surgery. My dad had it done a couple of years ago, and the doctor threw in free Lasik for him. He's 83 years old and has better eyesight than I do.
You are so very talented--the photos are absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to see more.ReplyDelete
Good luck with your surgery. I will send you all sorts of positive thoughts from Minnesota.
Marc, I hope you find a way to keep posting. Your wit always makes me smile, sometimes makes me laugh, and almost always makes me think too.ReplyDelete
You have a gift for writing, and photography. Thanks for letting me share in both.
From a long-time follower on various MS boards.
Hey Marc -ReplyDelete
Great shots. My favorite picture is of the proud looking little dog by the stick. Obviously you are having no problem with the new camera's learning curve...
Good luck with the surgery. Get back here asap!
Greg ( yeah that Greg from FL )
Beautiful shots. Good luck with your surgery tomorrow. I hope it is uneventful and you have a speedy recovery.
Rest up and heal well. Thanks for keeping us informed and entertained.ReplyDelete
My favorite is the one of the young lady with a hula hoop. It is an action photo, a time frozen in motion. AarcynReplyDelete
I loved getting my new camera last summer! Well, it wasn't quite "new", I got it at a pawnshop, Panasonic DMC-FZ5, I was mainly attracted by the 12x optical zoom. They are great cameras! Lovely photos!ReplyDelete
Came by to say hello and wish you a good Halloween weekend.
That photo of the accordion-guy is really nice.ReplyDelete