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Remember that little puppy you gave to your child and...


remember the reaction? It was sunshine all day, the next day and some-time after. After the puppy grew out of being cuddly the kid's enthusiasm cooled down and the little fat thing rested bored on the porch. The kid's interest was gone. It has deflated like a balloon that slowly lost the air.


President Harry Leftwich Glenda and Garth Threlfall

Don't you want to take your camera

" I was asked before we ventured into the Hinterland?" Wow, I thought, how could I forget. The question struck a chord, lights were flashing. Where has the exitement about my hobby gone, shooting videos until I crash?

Don't Forget Your Camera

Jorg Fedler Editor Most of us are trying to shoot the most wonderful footage for years now, always on the lookout for the 'ultimate wave', to borrow a surfer's expression. Did we hunt down that wave? No we haven't because there are always subjects in our mental iris that are better; more colourful, dreamlike landscapes with changing moods of mornings and evenings or a bee just landing on a flower, artistically captured with a beautiful shallow depth of field.

We are made like that, we always want to improve things, looking for the ultimate.

And then something changed and we don't really know when it started. We lost a little bit of interest in our hobby and then we lost some more. At the beginning we were so enthusiastic about our goals and shooting, editing and publishing videos but all that has slowly dried out, like a towel on the clothing line.
If the towel still has some moisture left, we must soak it with our initial drive we had when we started to hunt in the landscape, wrap it in our old enthusiasm so it does not dry out completely.

Remember that little puppy you gave your child? Remember the reaction? It was sunshine all day, the next day and some-time after. After the puppy grew out of being cuddly the kid's enthusiasm cooled down and the little fat thing rested bored on the porch. The kid's interest was gone. It deflated like a balloon having slowly lost its air.

Aren't a few us showing similar signs of deflation when it comes to our hobby? To a certain degree, we may. But we are still playing the game, attending the workshops, the meetings - maybe more to socialize than to learn? Don't get me wrong, socializing is very important for the inner workings of our club.
Involving ourselfs hands-on with our hobby sometimes feels more like an obligation instead of a real pleasure. What went wrong? Why are our hands not shaking anymore when we pick up our camera?

There are still some (video) sparks buzzing in our brains. All what's needed is to put some higher voltage into to them and it may initiate the old fireworks we enjoyed so much when we first started out with our hobby.

So how can we approach this implied problem of being more attracted to social mingling than with our film making?

Personal orientations are different for each of us and there are obligations to family, friends and other activities, as well as our daily routines which are getting more and more important the further we advance in not being so young anymore.

There is no universal fix. The problem, if we made it our own, has to be approached individually. Also I may be allowed a few suggestions as to how it could be handled:
Recharge your batteries and reactivate the old fireworks by starting a long-time project, spanning over a year or longer. Also one can enjoy some side dishes in form of little projects parallel to the big one.

To take things further, a team of like-minded club members could be put together to create something of value. The club has done it before. The team could be semi-professionally structured, allowing for compromises here and there, meaning the team would do away with tasks which may be compulsory in the professional world.
We do not need a catering truck, do we?

The suggestions above are open to discussion and last but not least, let's get exited again, talk about our goals and projects and let the the old passion take over again. You may even think about buying a new camera which you will certainly never forget to take.


Published on Feb 26, 2017

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