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I am not a robot

Danbo was keen to remind me that I haven't tested my sand-and-salt-water-treated Fuji X100 yet, so that is one project for the coming weekend. But first, some angst-ridden artist musings...

Unlike some people, who appear able to neatly partition their life into "work" and "play", I sometimes slip into letting the work overflow my home-life. It's all to easy to do: my iPhone is provided by my employer, and whilst I have personal use of the phone, I also have my work email available to me 24/7. Working for a Paris-based company, I find myself taking a peek at emails both after and before work, whether or not I'm expecting something important. I'm blaming dopamine, the chemical that when released gives you a little rush, such as when you receive an unexpected "gift" like a delivery from Amazon (even if you bought it for yourself), get a post "liked" on social media, or get that critical email that only you can address.

Ironically it was a French colleague based in head office who pointed out, several years ago, the 24/7 availability-problem of having a work iPhone. Clearly I need to be more laissez-faire!

Last night I turned it all off, and spent some time simply playing around with my camera gear. I continue to work on my lighting skills, and after beginning with adjusting and testing some dodgy DIY soft-boxes, I progressed to high-speed capture of drips from the kitchen tap. I wasn't aiming for perfection, just testing gear and settings. As it turned out, both of these experiments were complete flops, although I was enjoying getting into "right-brain" mode, losing track of time and simply enjoying the experience as I tinkered. I finally moved on to reflections and "product" lighting (multiple light sources, including bounced light), and with the help of a few simple props started to feel that a pleasing result was on it's way. It's hard to put my finger on it, but I guess this is what it's like to be "in the zone". Definitely something to get the dopamine flowing...