Good enough is probably good enough

Stumbled upon this video on YouTube. I must say it is indeed true and resonates well with what I believe in. There’s no need to own the best, one just need to evaluate on your requirement, needs and budget and make your purchase decision accordingly. Of course everyone’s need and budget is different, some really need to own the latest and greatest plus have unlimited budget… so… yeah.

For me as example, I use my phone a lot, hence I’m willing to spend on the higher end iPhone 11 Pro, both for work related matters and for it’s camera. For earphones, I’m willing to spend on something with good sound quality and noise cancellation, as these are again, have higher prioirities in my needs.

When it comes to other stuffs, I’m willing to skim. I don’t own the latest and the best camera, I’m still wearing Apple Watch Series 3 (and loving it), I don’t wear luxury branded clothing… and the list goes on. Sadly, I have limited budget, so I have to make do with my priorities and work around it. Sometimes may even need to hunt for bargains or look for alternative products from China.

Do I envy those who owns the best? Do I feel incomplete without the best of the best? Well, not really. At the end of the day, you will realize that there will always be something better out there, and it is impossible for you to own them all. Spend within your means and buy what you need.

This reminds me of another scenario. Often people asked me when I’m buying my own house the next time, am I looking for a 3 or 4 bedroom units and so on. And my answer will always surprise them, as I’m good with even studio, maximum I would go for is just 2 bedroom and nothing larger than that. Why? There’s no need for a huge house, and I rather spend the money renovating to have a comfortable and lovely home. Smaller house, less maintenance… it’s a win to me for sure.

Anyway, different folks different strokes. There’s no one size fits all solution here. This is just my thought. Till then.

Just shoot it

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There are times when people questioned why are we taking so many pictures, pictures of streets, pictures of the environment, pictures of our surrounding and so on. I confess that I do question myself occasionally when I look at the pictures I took.

“Just shoot it” was the answer given by one fellow photographer I knew of. “Things are changing at such a rapid pace, everyday an old building got torn down, new building was built, lifestyle was changed, people has changed. My picture will provide a context of this instance for people to look back in years later.”

Of course it doesn’t imply that we have the social responsibility to document this moment of time, but if you are in doubt whether or not to take a picture of what’s in front of your eyes, perhaps this little reason can give you a push to press the shutter.

Come to think of it, it is especially true for a country like Singapore, where development pace was so rapid and things are changing on daily basis. Documenting moments like these will create memories of our own, and perhaps recalling memories of others.

It’s been awhile for me to just wander off the streets and shoot, perhaps it’s good to start picking up that habit again. Till then.

The end is coming, or perhaps its already here

The photography industry is approaching its end… everyone sees it coming, but perhaps most choose not to “see” it and still trying hard to crunch out as many camera models as possible every year. Having worked closely with the printing and photography industry in my current job for the past year, I get to see some data and forecast that pretty much shows the same as what you read from photography sites and forums. Sales declined, loss making, market shrunk, people are no longer buying cameras, the list goes on.

We’ve seen giants like Canon and Nikon struggling, we’ve seen long time camera makers like Olympus selling off its camera division. Even though we are living in a world where more and more video contents are flooding our screen, less and less of them were shot from a traditional camera. Smartphone has killed compact digital camera, and it will soon be killing entry level and amateur grade cameras as well. In the very near future, only serious hobbyist and professional photographer/videographer will remain as consumer of camera gears, while the rest would probably have moved on shooting with their smartphone.

Most companies are trying their best to diversify their products and portfolio. Fujifilm has a separate medical arm and cosmetic division, while Sony is making a fortune by selling its camera sensor to smartphone makers. It remains to be seen who will be the last few survivors in the end. How do you see the future would unfold? Who will you be placing your bet on? For me… I better start distancing myself from the dying industry before its too late 😛 Anyone hiring???

Some updates moving forward

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I have spent some time thinking about what’s next for this site. Ultimately, this is just a place for me to journal my journey in life, in photography and in this ever changing world. I have zero intention to monetise the site, or to transform it into something like a side hustle. With that said, I have made some decision to make some changes here moving forward.

First of all, the domain name will be gone, funnybunnyphotography.blog will cease to exist by early 2021 when the domain subscription expires. It will revert back to the old funnybunnyphotography.wordpress.com URL. It’s been a great few years holding on to the domain. The reason for dropping the domain? Well, this is part of my digital minimalism exercise for now. It’s okay, even if the domain got taken away in the future, I’m totally fine with it.

Next, regarding the content of this site. The more personal posts and posts that are written in Chinese will be gone. I have decided to host those on a separate page instead. Yes, I know, I was the one who merged them earlier but in the end, it doesn’t really work well in my opinion. Therefore, is time to make the split. For those who want to read on those contents, kindly follow this link to my new personal site which will be fully in Chinese.

What will happen here? I will still continue to post on weekly basis until the end of this year. That’s my commitment to myself. Next year onwards, I will continue to post here, but it will not be on weekly basis for sure. Thoughts, sharing, photography and so on will still continue to pour in, and I will keep this place alive.

That’s about it for now. Will keep everyone posted if there’s any other new changes in my plan. Till then, stay safe and take care.

I don’t need followers

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Yes, I said it and I mean it. Often I saw people comparing how many “followers” they have on their social media platform such as YouTube and Instagram, but for me, I don’t really care. As mentioned in other post, the reason I continue this blog is mostly a journal for myself, and if my experience or knowledge can be of help for others, then it’s good. Otherwise, it’s totally okay if it left unnoticed by people.

I don’t monetise any of my social media channels, in fact I rarely connect and communicate with people who visit my channels and commented on it. Although I tried to provide courtesy reply from time to time, but honestly I don’t really care. Most of them just dropped by hoping you will actually visit their site so that they can gain traffic anyway. While some left comments with no substance to it, which to me… I don’t even know why they commented in the first place. So why bother?

I do know there are a few frequent followers that visit my site regularly, I saw a glimpse of the stats on the dashboard every time I login to WordPress. To them, I would like to say thank you for your support and I hope that you will continue to enjoy the content of my blog. Will I ever change my approach to the blog? Well, unless I’m planning to make a business out of it, which I think I won’t, otherwise it will stays and remains the same, hopefully for the years to come. Till then.