I do have other interests....
I've been taking pictures and making films/videos for a long time. As a youngster, about twelve I believe, I purchased my first camera from the local Five and Dime. It was only a hunk of plastic but it was so cool to take those pictures. No instant gratification here... it took over a week to get the pictures back. I made a darkroom in my closet and started developing my own film (B&W) and printing my own pictures. I sure took a lot of pictures but have only one of the hundreds that I can now find and it is on the right. It was a self-portrait that I snapped with the mechanical timer on my $10 Dime Store camera. It's in color so it must be one developed by the local camera store :-) I would think I was around fourteen or younger at that time. About the same time period I was experimenting with Super 8 film. Those are long gone along with my Kodak Super 8 camera.
Later as a young man I bought a nice Minolta SLR and was once again hooked! Through the seventies and eighties I traded up to nicer and nicer SLR's. Minolta and then Olympus OM10. When digital hit its stride I jumped into that with a Nikon point and shoot and later came Canon SLR's and Digital ELPH's (I still have and occasionally use my Canon ELPH 300HS, and later still came Sony SLR's.
When I decided to get into video I started with a Sharp Hi-8, Minolta Mini-DV and graduated to a variety of Sony Mini-DV Professional and Prosumer cameras before settling on the current Sony Pro 4K cameras I'm using now. I got rid of all my SLR's and lenses using the still capture modes in the video cameras or grabbing a frame in my NLE (Non-Linear Editor) for pics.
I don't think I'll be upgrading anytime soon! I really like what I have now.
Major changes just made to my digital creation rig :-) I'll post new pics as I get a chance!
The study houses my main computer and digital work space.
This is where I edit video and photos as well as write reviews, stories and novels.
Apple MacBook Pro 16" 2020 - 2.3GHz, 8-Core Intel i9 Processor,
32 GB 2667 MHz DDR4, 1TB SSD, AMD Radeon Pro5500M 8GB Video
RSHTECH 4 TB Raid 0
Sonnet Thunderbolt Hub with Blu-Ray Burner, connectivity options and 2 TB RAID 0
Apple DVD Burner
27" Apple Thunderbolt Displays (x2)
MOTU M2 DAC/Audio Interface
PreSonus Eris E5 Nearfield Monitors
Blue Microphones Orange Spark (and some others)
Apple Time Capsule 2TB (2)
Apple Final Cut Pro
Apple Logic Pro 10
Adobe - Lightroom
Affinity Photo Editor
Microsoft - Word, EXCEL, PowerPoint, Outlook
Toast PRO - DVD and Blu-ray burning and Authoring
Misc. - Airy, HandBrake, Many Others
The full suite of Apple "Gimme'" Apps
PreSonus Studio One Pro Ver 4 DAW
I got my first guitar at around fourteen (1965) with the first stereo I purchased. Brown's Department Store on Main Street (I think that was the name of the place :-) had a special... Buy an all-in-one Philco portable record player and stereo speaker system and get a "FREE" electric guitar! I did and I did. The the stereo looked something like the one on the left. They had a guitar jack right there on the side of the thing and you could play along to the records as they played! Fantastic.!
I learned a few chords and tried to learn more. The guitar was a piece of crap and I played until my fingers bleed (as they say) and finally just gave up. My younger brother asked if he could have the guitar and I gave it to him. Harry was much more disciplined than I was and actually learned how to play the thing. He was quite a good guitar player and played in popular local bands until he passed away a few years ago. I don't know whatever happened to that old piece of junk but Harry quickly traded into a newer one as his skills became better. I bought a Bass guitar and a twin 10" Kalamazoo Bass amp and we started a couple of bands in the sixties. Harry was much too good a player and soon kicked me to the curb leaving to join other far more talented players than me :-).
Today, I play for my own satisfaction. I consider and see the guitar as art and use the instruments as aesthetically pleasing additions to my media room.
My little collection includes;
PRS - Single Cut
Wechter - Pathmaker Electric
Takamine - G523 Acoustic Electric
Ibaez - SoundGear 320 Bass
Line Six - Spider VI 120 Amp
Line Six - Pedal Controller
Line Six - Wireless Guitar Transmitter
Avid Eleven Rack Guitar Processor
Behringer FCB-1010 MIDI Controller
Fender Bassman 60 single 12" Bass Amp
Kustom Monitor Wedge - 150 watt amp