Or “I think I’ve been wrong…Part Two“.

Remember when you were happiest photographically?

Then I bet you went and ruined it.



For me it was the D700.

Man…when I look back at those images, I wonder what I was EVER thinking selling that camera.  Sure, maybe it was the particular time in my life that makes me smile…but I’ll bet someone probably convinced me that 12 lowly megapixels wasn’t enough.  (Now I’m shooting tiny little 6MP images on film; but more on that later…)

Anyway, the “restless years” followed (don’t even get me started…) and here I am.


Yes, there has been happiness along the way, but I’ve gone and ruined that too.

There was the X100, the Monochrom…(oh WHY oh why did I sell it??)


In any case, it seems as though there is a recent epidemic of these “Don’t listen to the hype and just go and shoot” posts out there.  At least in the circles I currently run.

Maybe we’re all just coming of age?



Don’t get me wrong: I don’t think there is anything wrong with innovation and experimentation.  It got us (me) where we (I) are today…

But I probably could have stopped some years ago, and been perfectly content.


Funny…now I’m happiest shooting B&W film in my thirty year old camera.  But when I think back to when I first started taking pictures, I would have given anything for the kind of “certainty and predictability” we have available to us now.  And many many people are doing a stunning job of making it work for them.


So I say: good for them.  They should do just that.  Whatever it is, with whatever works for them.  No matter what it is.


Me personally….I need to stop reading reviews.  Or trying to make my photos look like “so-n-so’s”.  I also need to stop leading myself into temptation…browsing sites like Fred Miranda or GetDPI.  Instead of wondering how my photos would look “if I only did (had) such-n-such…” I just need to focus on the gratitude…

The gratitude for the photo I have, and for what it represents.




So….The other day I made a “blood pact” with a friend of mine…

I wonder if either of us will keep it?

Happy shooting to you all,





17 thoughts on “Happiest.

  1. mewanchuk says:

    Very true Jordan…

    Maybe one of those “wish I knew THEN…” sort of things?

    Anyway, the journey has been fun–maybe costly–but fun.



    • jkjod says:

      Sorry if that seemed crass, that surely wasn’t my intention. I for one think it is pretty amazing that you got to try all these mediums and found something that you can be happy with in the end. I know I would LOVE to have a digital M or a GF670, or half the glass you have had…and maybe its just me, and I know my only interaction with you is through this site, but I can’t picture you with a D700 chasing down images

      • mewanchuk says:


        No offense taken at all–if anything, it is actually embarrassing as to what I have been through! You are quite correct: In one way, I consider myself truly fortunate to have had these opportunities…In another, I almost wish I hadn’t have taken them, if you know what I mean!

        Here’s to future “stability!”


  2. Karim D. Ghantous (@kdghantous) says:

    “Buy more. Buy more now. Buy. And be happy.” – ‘THX 1138’

    “And we had a pact, you know.” – Costanza

    I think JKJOD makes a good point. We have to fall before we can rise. Some traditions believe that Adam and Eve were supposed to fall – it was planned so they would. Experience is the best way to learn. It helps you understand how all that theory works.

    Me, I was hopeless. But all that fumbling taught me. Eventually. My biggest problem was not the buying and selling of gear, but the ignorance of it. I just made assumptions about how things would perform without checking first.

    I went to digital way too early. I thought I’d never use film again. Well… that’s forgivable. We all got very excited about digital. Even today, film is ahead in some areas. Back then, more so – but I didn’t know!

    When the D700 was still a new thing, I bought one. My budget allowed for the D3 but it made no sense. I’d be paying more for less, given my needs (that’s one example where I made a really good choice!). Back then there was nothing like the OM-D or the A7, so it was pretty much the best thing going. I don’t really miss it, but it did a great job for its time.

    I gave away one film body which I shouldn’t have, but I know the recipient was extremely grateful (I’m sure I still have his email). He had a gratitude which I didn’t have, so he deserved it more than I did!

    Oh, and you should see how many Leicas I’ve had. Not quite a dozen, but close. All gone, now.

    I could have done better with lenses, too. What makes me not have so many lenses is knowing that 90% of them, no matter what the brand, are either sub-par (e.g. Nikon 50/1.4 and 105/1.8) or too expensive (Zeiss 55mm Otus; Leica 50mm APO).

    So my lenses have to be really cheap (and still perform well), or be really, really good (though I probably won’t ever need the Otus). No in-betweens! I recommend that philosophy to all, film or digital users. An implication of this philosophy is that, for example, I’d have the Nikon 50/1.8, but not any of the f/1.4 versions, as the f/1.8 is not only cheaper but performs just as well if not better.

    I am sorry for these and all of my sins. And that concludes my confession.

  3. greg g49 says:

    Take your pick:

    “Wherever you go, there you are.” or

    “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there”

    (The first by Jon Kabat-Zinn, famous zen author. The second Yogi Berra, famous bad ball hitter.)

  4. Jason Timmis says:

    Hey it is all about perspective. You can be thankful that you have the budget to make equipment experimentation a hobby within your hobby of photography. If you hadn’t got on a roll (pun intended) of equipment trials would you have ever gotten to film, film developing, using movie film, medium format etc? If your kids wound up with no clothes on their backs in the street then it’s a problem, if not experimentation of any sort is a great pursuit. And when one experiments they inevitably find ways not to do things – or in your case equipment that didn’t work as well as others for you. So if you feel you are finished experimenting and know what equipment you want to stick with, old or new, I assure you with a little patience you can find any camera you want on the used market.

    …Be happy to help if it’s anything from the Vancouver area!


    All the best,

  5. andygemmell says:

    I thought I might try a digital camera out and sell my Mamiya to do so. I picked up the a7 and the Fuji XT1 to try in the shop (my first test…the haptics in a 3 minute time period)…..I walked out with next to no desire or enthusiasm for photography with either tool…..

    I miss my Monochrom and 50 lux……

    I like my Mamiya though MF is not really suitable for 50% of what I like to do….

    Funny times for me. Not really enthused to make images at the moment and not sure why. I know though I don’t want to try all the different offerings though (been there done that)!

    • mewanchuk says:


      I hate to say this (…but here goes!)

      Your Mono images truly were among the best in the business…Seeing them made me realize you were an *actual* photographer.


      Seriously though…I understand your slump at present; but you really need that Mono back.


      I understand about the A7…mine was quickly sold at no loss. (It just really didn’t make me WANT to go and shoot). Don’t mind the ergonomics (and the killer colors!) of the Fuji though…

      Hope you get your groove back…


  6. keefeloke says:

    I had the same feeling. I have never used the D700. But I switched from D40 to D300. I thought that will give me better pictures. I was wrong. And I regretted a lot.
    Luckily came the X100. I am a sucker for simple designs. The promised image quality and other mambo jambo got me sold. But I have learnt my lesson. The X100 stuck with till today.
    I’m totally enjoying what I have today. I added an X10 to complement it. It has more flexibility with its zoom lens. It’s shortchanged in the low light area. But that’s all okay.

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks for the comment!

      Funny how we’ve all let ourselves be deceived by the manufacturers that somehow the NEXT model will be better for us, or will somehow better suit our “needs”.

      Glad to hear you’ve found a combo that works for you!

      All the best,

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