Monday, March 17, 2014

The Right Tool



Post-Script: Is this too far of a stretch from rambling on about one's choice of camera or bicycle to philosophizing about the future of mankind itself? Perhaps.

Yet again, it is also possible that the role of toolmaker is essential and fundamental to who we are as a species, both in our distant origins and our future potential. Perhaps there is something to be said for using the right tool for the right job, after all.

The lead-in photo was captured with a Fujifilm X10, hardly a state-of-the-art, high-end camera; yet in the context of an easily carried camera with image quality adequate for a snapshot aesthetic, it's more than adequate.

Typecast via Olivetti Underwood 21.

Bonus Image: DSCF1236ajpg


Blogger Bill M said...

I agree with the right tool for the right job. Something that has been said to me since early childhood. Then sometimes it is how you use the tool. If I wait for just the right moment with a fixed lens/shutter speed camera I just may capture the exact image I want (which would have been easier with the correct gear). I also operate QRP much to the disbelief of ohter ham radio operators in our area who have the newest and best and fancy antenna; and we all talk around the world.

I can see when all the young people awaken one day and none know how to do anything but uaing a computer on line and some other country is running thier life because now they no longer know how to make anything or even write their name since schools and parents do not want to teach them how to write or think or make anything.

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Blogger Rob Bowker said...

Hence the spoons, Joe. But even here, I filled in some knowledge gaps with the net. Still, there's nothing like putting a tool to some use before its shortcomings (or its joyful perfection) come to light. Ever heard the phrase "all the gear but no idea"? When you apply your tools to the task is when you really start to learn. It reminds me of a "children's" carpentry set my son's aunt bought him one Christmas. As beautiful a box full of untempered shrapnel as you'll ever see - almost enough to put a kid off using his hands.

9:35 AM  

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