When I fly out of Manila, I try to get the earliest flight possible so that I’ll have the least amount of traffic going to the airport. That always works fine.
Coming back to Manila, I get a late flight, again so that there won’t be much traffic once I land. That works so-so, because the later the flight, the more likelihood there’ll be a delay. (A friend of mine on Facebook said, PAL = Planes Always Late.) That’s what happened tonight. My 10:30 flight delayed by almost an hour and a half. Then again, I made it from the airport to my front door in 38 minutes.
Anyway, last week a friend was visiting Manila and we went out after work for a few hours. This is a guy who is extremely well organized and I follow many of his tips. His latest tip is to always have a camera and a notebook. Aside from always having both at your fingertips, he says it’s a conversation starter. I silently questioned the wisdom of walking around Manila with a US$1,000 camera in your hands, but he seemed to be doing just fine.
But that got me thinking along a tangent. I have the Nikon D-800. I’ve had it for 5 years now I guess and it is without question the best camera I ever owned. I have ten lenses for it (including the 24-70mm F2.8 and 80-200mm F2.8). And in the year and a half since I came to Manila, I think I’ve used it three times. It’s just sitting there, day after lonely day, in the dehumidifier cabinet.
There’s also the fact that the camera is big and can be quite heavy (depending on which lens I’m using).
I started wondering, if I sold it all off and got a much smaller mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, would I be using it more frequently – and would I be as happy with it (and with the results) as I am with the Nikon?
I don’t know the answer to that yet.
Very coincidentally, Wednesday night walking down Lockhart Road, I ran into a friend and we stopped into a nearby bar to catch up. This particular friend is a member of Hong Kong band The Sleeves. I knew they had just returned from Cambodia, where they recorded their second album, so I had at least a thousand questions. And I joked that they should have brought their official photographer (aka Me) along on the trip. And he turned around and said that the photos I’d taken of the band were the best ever taken (here’s some shots from the studio session we did) – and how sad it is that they can’t use them any more (they have a new bass guitarist) and that I should either bring my camera along with me next time I come to Hong Kong or maybe they’ll all make it to Manila before the end of the year.
I no longer have a studio – and I’m not connected to any local photographers or studios yet. So there’s that.
It also got me missing Hong Kong (even though I was there at that moment) in the sense that on any given night I can still walk around Wanchai or Lan Kwai Fong or TST and run into at least half a dozen people I know while my circle in Manila is immensely smaller.
First and foremost, I have to get out more. So that’s one resolution I will try to keep. With a notepad and camera in hand (but for now, just my Sony RX-100 Mark 3, which is still a damned fine camera for its size).