I would imagine photographers are just like everyone else. They get into a routine and take things for granted and that’s a very bad thing. Anybody that knows me knows, that I shot Nikon Cameras from 1960 – 1984. In 1984 I signed a contract with the IOC as a pool photographer. I had to change from Nikon to Canon and from Kodak film to Fuji. Not the easiest thing in the world to do but it had to be done to fulfill my advertising obligations with Canon, Fuji, and the Olympic Committee.
Suffice to say, Nikon makes very fine cameras and lenses. I found Canon to be not only equal but in many aspects a better fit. Whether it was with sharpness, ergonomics, contrast, or speed. The most important thing is that Canon listens to both Professional photographers and amateurs. It’s like one big focus group. Their technical people are the best in the world. They’ve always been there for me when I had any questions and have always had the answers. Sometimes they’ve even had the answer before I had the question. Rudy Winston who works for Canon, is not only a great photographer but also knows the equipment inside and out. As far as I’m concerned he’s the go-to-guy on all aspects of the Canon System. You’d think after being a working photographer for so long that I wouldn’t need help. Wrong! Things change constantly in the digital age of photography.
Below is a series of photos I did the other day with the 5D Mark IV and one of my favorite lenses the 100-400mm zoom. It was late in the day with zero sunlight, lots of ice and difficult terrain. I hope the photos speak for themselves. Go out and make some photos. One camera, one lens, two batteries , and two cards. Keep it Simple Stupid! The saying always works.
You spend 30 years perfecting your style, your visual literacy, the way you communicate with people. All of the things that make you a credible photographer and filmmaker. Then you take on the responsibility of a mentor. It is a very serious undertaking. Your students expect you to know all the answers to all the problems. The reality is you don’t know all the answers to all the problems. So who do the mentors go for help? You go to somebody who is smarter than you are and knows virtually everything about not only his products but the competition’s products. That person for me is Rudy Winston. So let’s be clear right now. You’re not getting his phone number or his e mail so let’s get that out of the way.
I’ve known Rudy for over 15 years. He’s not only a fine photographer, great teacher, great tech rep but great husband and father also. Rudy always has a few minutes to make very complicated matters extremely simple. Simple enough for me to understand. I think if Rudy went into politics he’d be able to solve some problems that other people just can’t seem to deal with he’s that good. So when people want to know who I go to – Rudy’s my Go-To guy.
Having said that Rudy has a beautiful daughter and his daughter’s name is Ciana and out of all the wonderful condolence cards and letters I received for my son Joseph, this one stands out. Rudy you did another great job! By the way, thanks to Chuck and Steve for your condolences also.