Over the past years I’ve had a lot of questions about my gear. More so about camera hardware and post processing software. I’m not a professional and the gear I have selected offered me the greatest value per dollar I could personally afford. Keep in mind I didn’t just buy all of this stuff in one sitting, I have accumulated this over several years through trial and error. I’m usually in less than favorable conditions for Photography and Videography so to speak. My gear is subjected to moisture, saltwater, dust, dirt, mud, sand, loose women, curious children and rain more often than not. Anyone who is interested in nature (fishing, hunting or exploring) can tell you this is a problem that will remain consistent.
Reflections can be scary and often they show you things in life that may often pass without acknowledgment. The truth is I was loosing a battle with technology and the social media applications that have hijacked our lives. Yes, in some instances they can be great and connect you with some great people. However the fact is it pulls you from the true meaning of life. I have completely lost any form of respect for most social media outlets. Its become a melting pot of attention and self-boasting egos larger than the applications that individuals themselves interact with.
The morning of October 16th year of 2015 started somewhat sour, I awoke with a newborn child crying and an agitated wife. The plan was to venture into the woods with my oldest child and show her the life I LOVE. There are things in this world that I choose to hold onto and things that I travel past like road-kill on an empty freeway. The Temperatures were to hold around high 70 degrees during the day and fall into the low 60’s at night and I knew this would make for a wonderful evening in the forest.
I see this everyday and yes at times I feel like a broken record. How have we come to such a terrible place in life where it seems the standard to click a like, share, and view atrocities that we only view on one side of a smart phone, tablet or computer. People are hurt, starving and being killed and often being exploited for this new common entertainment. Well this is what happens when someone starts being real and leaves the common calamities and finds himself.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the the Ocala National forest, It is the second largest nationally protected forest in the united states. According to wiki it makes up roughly 430,447 acres and was established in 1908. I’ve never been one to find pleasure in staying home over the weekend and apparently it was a mission between the two of us (Nate and myself) to makes sure we weren’t to miss out on an evening of star gazing, tossing back brews, chatting with friends, And laughing out loud.
Have you ever awoken to find the world was just as you had left it ? Me either.