12mm f2.8 ISO 1600.

The Day We Did Not Go Camping

12mm f2.8 ISO 1600. 10 shot panorama. Cropped and post processed.
12mm f2.8 ISO 1600. 10 shot panorama. Cropped and post processed.

 

7.5mm f3.5 Fisheye ISO 1600.
7.5mm f3.5 Fisheye ISO 1600.

 

12mm f2.8 ISO 1600.
12mm f2.8 ISO 1600.

 

7.5mm f3.5 Fisheye ISO 1600.
7.5mm f3.5 Fisheye ISO 1600.

People think that because I’m a nerd who is rarely away from technology, that I find myself out of my element when if comes to things like the outdoors, more specifically camping. People assume so because they don’t know or understand 2 key things about me.

  1. I grew up as the tech we know today grew up. That meant that I never owned a mobile phone until I was in college, and even so it was your classic buttoned phone. Social media didn’t exist as a teenager so I didn’t have to be all ADHD about checking what other people are doing. I lead a simple tech life which evolved as the world became more connected.
  2. Since I am a nerd, I have long since researched the hell out of camping to begin with. I have owned this book since I was in my early teens. I joined the scouts because I wanted to go camping. I like the challenge, and being technologically deprived makes it all the more fun.

Of course, the love for camping doesn’t always give way to the chances I can go camping. Despite being in a place where I am but a short distance away from the Australian bush, part of the joy of camping is being with other people. Something that doesn’t always occur given work and family responsibilities. Still, you try and make the best of things. Take chances where pickings are slim. Ultimately, you just have to enjoy what you can get. It’s not always the easiest philosophy to adopt, but sometimes the best opportunities in life come when you aren’t so hard on yourself for the things that happen.

Then it’s up to you whether you’re willing to take that shot. Chances are, it’ll be a great moment to hold on to when you do.

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