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A Change of Focus
13 March 2012
 
 
Today, March 13, 2012, the 99th anniversary of the birth of my photography-loving grandfather, David Kaukonen, seems like the ideal day to share with you the change of focus that's been occuring in my life during the past year.

My Photographic Journey is a somewhat long story, which you can read in its entirety by following the link. In this article, I'll just summarize some of the main points — if it doesn't make sense, be sure to read the entire story.

Anyway, in 2006 I bought a new camera (a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, NOT pictured here — this image is of my current camera, a Sony Alpha α77), which, while not an SLR, still served to revive my teen-age love of photography, which had lain dormant for 20 years.

But almost exactly a year ago, in March 2011, things took a dramatic turn for the better when I finally bought my first SLR in 25 years, a Sony Alpha α55. I had actually started dreaming of this camera at the end of 2010, had ordered it in January 2011, but had to wait until March when it was finally released and available.

Since then, because of my more than two years of unemployment (which has been fully documented in a series of articles on this Web site, starting with The Agony and the Ecstasy), I have been able to devote myself practically full-time to photography and related activities. That has dramatically affected the amount of time I have to spend on other activities, including writing for and maintaining my other Web sites.

When I write an article, the topic is something that I'm passionate about, and that I have a flow of ideas and thoughts about. During much of 2010, a major focus was my Your Islamic Future Web site. On this Brian's Bits Web site, I wrote a handful of articles during 2008 and 2009, and a lot of articles in 2010 and the first half of 2011.

Once the long Oregon rainy season finally ended around the middle of 2011, I started making quite a number of photo outings with my new camera. Consequently, there were only two new articles on this Web site during the last half of 2011. I also try to update our family blog each month. Whew! That's a lot of writing!

Until recently, all of my best photos were being hosted in online photos albums on our family SwissByrds Web site. Since the beginning of 2012 I have been working hard to create a new Web site dedicated exclusively to my photographic endeavors, which officially went online just a couple of weeks ago. I have added to that Web site a blog, similar to this Web site, where I can share what's on my mind about all things camera and photo related. You can find the photo albums and blog at Brian Byrd's Photo Gallery & Blog. To the right, you can see a screen shot of the new blog's main index page.

As far as Brian's Bits goes, I will probably write a new article occassionally — if I can find the motivation to inspire me — but it definitely won't be regularly, as it was in the past. To keep up with what I'm doing and thinking on a more consistant basis, you'll want to check in often to my Brian's Photographic Blog, which currently has 52 articles stretching back to January 2011. I imagine I'll be writing a handful of articles per month, so by the time 2012 comes to a close, there could be close to 100 articles!

Well, seasons change, and so the focus needs to change as well. It's been great having you along while I've been sharing my bits on this Web site — and it's not completely finished yet! Hopefully some of you will come along with me as I continue on my 42-year photographic journey. The best is yet to come!
This article is 8th a series of articles on this Web site related to Literature, Music and Photography which also includes (scroll to see the entire list):
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17  Oct  2009
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24  Oct  2009
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12  Dec  2009
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2  Jan  2010
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9  Oct  2010
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10  Jan  2011
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1  Sep  2011
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A Change of Focus
13  Mar  2012
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28  Mar  2013
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29  Jul  2013
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22  Sep  2013
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26  Oct  2013
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2  Aug  2014
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12  Aug  2014
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14  Aug  2014
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12  Sep  2014
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19  Sep  2014
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12  Apr  2015
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21  Dec  2016
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