How's this for coincidence: I had just finished a lengthy article this morning on how to choose the right camera bag for travel and I was about to post it when, lo and behold, I discovered that another photo blog, The Online Photographer, had posted an article on the exact same topic.I could still post my article, of course, but I won't. There's enough overlap between their readership and mine that my article is now redundant, if not pointless.
I'm not upset about it though. There are only so many photography-related topics to write about. With hundreds of photo blogs to choose from these days, it's inevitable that there will be some overlap. It does make me wonder, though, what value Shutterfinger offers in this crowded space. Is there anything I can say that hasn't been said before; anything I can do that hasn't been done before?
Forgive me for answering my own questions, but yes. I recently signed a contract with Rocky Nook to write a how-to book on street photography. Although there are many books that feature collections of street photography, I haven't seen any that are about the whys and hows of it. That means mine will be the first. It's going to take several months of writing, over and above the 40 hours of writing I do every week. Fortunately, I have over 30 years of photos to draw from, not including examples from other street photographers.
That may mean even less frequent posts. It may mean no posts at all; I'm just not sure. What I am sure of is that I appreciate the support I've received over the years and the fabulous photographers I've met, if only through your comments. This is not necessarily goodbye, just me explaining why you may be seeing a lot less of me. In the meantime, here are a few more photos from the growing Shutterfinger archives. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed shooting them.