Life is short. Air travel, hotels, car rentals, meals, park entrance fees etc are expensive. So why waste time with cheap junk?
You’ve traveled half way around the world to stand in front of one of the world’s wonders and you pull out some hopelessly out of date camera, hand hold it, snap off a few quick shots with the bus load of Chinese tourists to your right and another bus load of senior citizens to your left.
Enough. Time to cash in some of those stock options, that inheritance check from dear old Uncle Jim or that winning lottery ticket and get yourself a really kick ass landscape photography kit.
Let’s start with a great tripod. I love the Vanguard tripods with their fantastic lifetime guarantee. The beefy carbon fiber models with the wide feet will provide a steady base for what’s to come next.
An easy to use and firm connection between the tripod and camera is important to quickly set up and compose your shot as well as not move at all when taking multiple shots for later stitching.
The incredible new Canon 24mm Tilt Shift lens provides tack sharp landscape images, edge to edge thanks to its over-sized front lens element. The shifting capabilities allows one take multiple images without moving the camera body for zero distortion.
The shift feature is also great for architectural subjects and the tilt effects are great for throwing the plane of focus across your subject for back to front focus or to purposely throw your foreground and background out of focus for miniature effects.
We top this landscape photography kit off with a monster of a camera. The Canon EOS 5DS R Digital SLR with Low-Pass Filter Effect Cancellation, sporting an mind-blowing 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Think of the post production cropping ability with this camera, and still end up with a huge file.
This pinball machine watercolor featuring a close up of a bumper with the words “Moves 10X Target When Lit” is going to look fantastic in the game room of the buyer.
I’m a life long pinball machine fan myself and I’m the proud owner of a slightly beat up copy of a Gottlieb “Wipeout” machine with a downhill skiing and snowboarding theme.
Nothing beats the mechanical action of a pinball machine. No video game or iPad app can replace the actual physics of a metal ball spinning around on a waxed surface carreening off bumpers, posts, targets, jets, spinners and of course flippers.
A friend of ours has a great collection of three pinball machines including a mint Twilight Zone, a mint Adams Family and a Getaway pinball machine. I wish I had the room for more machines (and wish they were more affordable!).
from Wikipedia: Pinball is a type of arcade game, usually coin-operated, in which points are scored by a player manipulating one or more steel balls on a play field inside a glass-covered cabinet called a pinball machine. The primary objective of the game is to score as many points as possible. Points are earned when the ball strikes different targets on the play field. A drain is situated at the bottom of the play field, partially protected by player-controlled plastic bats called flippers. A game ends after all the balls fall into the drain. Secondary objectives are to maximize the time spent playing (by earning “extra balls” and keeping the ball in play as long as possible) and to earn bonus games (known as “replays”).