I'd like to ask your opinion on two somewhat related things.
If you have any knowledge of Japan: I'm heading there for a trip of undetermined length on november 27th. Going for no reason other than a strong urge to explore the country again. Probably going to be there for 2 months+ until I decide where to go next. I realize that theres already a post asking for recommendations, but my stay is longer and of a different season, so perhaps additional thoughts come to mind? I have to say its been strange shopping for cold weather clothes on a tropical island that kind of ignores winter.
While packing I'm looking at each possession to decide whether its worth it drag it around every day for who knows how long. A question popped up as I was doing this:
If you were going on a trip be it long or short, foreign or familiar, , and for some unmentioned, absolute reason you had to choose between taking your laptop/tablet or camera(s), what do you choose? And why? Its possible a smart phone nullifies this somehow. I'm partial to leaving the camera as I tend not to look at my pictures much once Ive taken them, but at the same time my macbook is kind of heavy and might end up simply as a distraction from my new surroundings. I find it difficult. Do you?
I spent $1800 on my first high quality camera. I was on the brink of Life Nomadic, and I justified the purchase with two ideas. The first was that I would be seeing a lot of things for the first, and possibly the only, time. Second, the particular camera I bought, an Epson R-D1s, seemed to hold its value well.
It came as a shock to a lot of people how primitive my camera was in many ways. It had no autofocus, no flash, no video recording capabilities, no self timer, and the only thing it could do automatically was light metering. It did that poorly. After each shot it was necessary to thumb a switch, which mechanically reset the spring for the shutter.
I bought a single lens for it, a Nokton 40mm/1.4. It had no zoom, and the aperture was set mechanically by rotating a ring on the lens. The lens was gorgeous. For those who don't know, a 1.4 F-Stop means that the lens is very fast: it lets in a lot of light. The average camera lens is probably around an f/3.5, which lets in only an eighth as much light as mine did. That's how I got amazing low-light pictures like this one.
Question from a reader -
One thing that I'm wondering, and figured that I should send before I go to sleep and forget it... For certain kinds of tasks (having discussions about more abstract goal things, writing emails to friends, commenting on LW, etc.) I'm really motivated, and need to be restrained from doing them.
With other tasks, I'm nowhere near as motivated, and have trouble starting them. Since I'm still a student, not doing this kind of work just isn't an option.
In the long term, I'm hoping to just do more of the things I'm motivated for, and fewer of the ones I'm not. I'm willing to buckle down and do work in subjects that I'm less motivated for if I see how it clearly relates to my goals (last year I spent a few hours trying to work out the geometry kinks for a robot part -- it was a mess).
Right now, I'm just reminding myself that its really not hard once I start it, and that it goes quickly if I just do it.