Polacon 2021

I haven’t been to a photography conference since creating my own in Houston 12 years ago. This year I am headed to Dallas, Texas to attend the Instant Film Society’s Polacon. It will be great to attend an event with like-minded people to learn, share and grow. I’m stocked up on Polaroid film, Fuji Instax Wide film and I’ll even bring Sonya!

Remind me to dust off the camera next time, won’t you?

The iPad Pro

Again, thanks to a very generous trade-in offer for my 2018 iPad and a discount program provided by my company, I have upgraded to this year’s iPad Pro. I even chipped in a little extra for the magic keyboard, pencil and Magic Mouse.

After adding a SIM card from my wireless carrier, this device is truly the best portable computer out there. During a recent trip to the mountains I could plan my hikes, geocaching and places to eat. After a long day of shooting during my hikes, all my images were uploaded to the iPad and ready for post-processing. Articles were published here while I was out and about and yes, Netflix was playing on it because hotel rooms have shitty cable tv service.

After the iPhone 12, and MacBook Pro, this makes the third significant upgrade in my tech devices that are future-proofed. That is to say, with their industry-leading specs and beautiful design, they will last me for a minimum of five years. And I cannot wait to put them all to the test.

Route 66…Again

Having journeyed the whole route of Route 66, the highway that runs through six states from Chicago to Los Angeles, the road beckons again. It doesn’t help that I live one block away from it here in Tulsa. There is a reminder everyday to get back on it and go. In the meantime, I have a lot of reminders as Tulsa is the final resting place of the creator of Route 66, Cyrus Avery. Tulsa is almost the exact center of the route and they have built it up as such with many markers and symbolism.

This weekend was spent finding more than a few geocaches along the route in Tulsa, including some markers I have not seen before. A reminder for me to keep going out and never stop exploring.

Cyrus Avery