New Year, New Camera, New Me-- February! / by Phu Qui Nguyen

February 18, 2018 It's been a quick minute since (2 months to be exact).  What a close to 2017 and entrance to 2018 of life changes, new relationships, and places to discover.  Never one to be afraid to cross bridges, but these days, I'm okay with burning them down.  Don't let your time go to having to cross the same bridge.  Make new paths.  The world is a big giant place.  Something I realized that it's good to have your loyalties but don't be afraid to reach out to others and spend time to better yourself.  New heights.  Your loyalties will bring you up just as well.  Being loyal should also go both ways and there's always respect whether it it's to a person or craft.  

Latter year, I spent shooting with the Fuji X100f, after making a departure from the Canon family for the better part of 4 years.  Sometimes giving up the things you know most are toughest.  The departure from the DSLR left me with empty shutter sounds, and lost auto focus.  But it's all about adjusting and adapting to what we have right?  Well, the bad and good did happen.  If some of you follow my IG, I had been washed away in the holy crossing of a Maui tide pool.  Unfortunately I was only left with the aftermath as my friends quickly tried to save me. 

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While there's no turning back time, there is time to learn.  I did end up getting a new X100F to replace the emptiness in my heart.  But I also learned that this camera isn't enough for the terrain that I wanted to shoot.  I ended up having an A-HA moment and gear acquisition syndrome was all over me.  I ended up trading her for a XT-2 with weather resistant properties.  Much more suited for those Hawaii 5-0 rip curls!  At the end of this, I'm not as smart or perfect as I think.  Making mistakes along the way.  Expensive and treacherous, possibly life threatening at times.  While it's not always worth it, maybe it'll make for a good story or two.  Keep on, keepin' on.

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