State of the Art

Since going digital in 2002 I learned the hard way that spending too much money on tech is easier than slipping on black ice.

After my initial digital transition outlay, I decided to alternate annual purchases of cameras and computers. Since then, I’ve purchased new cameras in odd years and new computers in even years.

All the new computers that I’ve ever purchased have one thing in common. The perceived increase in speed goes away in about two weeks.

I tell myself that there’s no way that I could “reasonably” process 36-megapixel files with a computer from 2005, which is probably true. But I’m getting along just fine with one from 2015.

The circa-2005 computer that I had was a speed demon when I got it. It was state of the art and easy to modify. It was a Power Mac G5 it gave me years of service until I sold it in 2013 for something faster, smaller and lighter.

There’s a strange parallel between computer and boat ownership. The second happiest day of computer ownership is the day it arrives. The happiest day is the day it is sold.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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