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The Clicks Stop Here

phil cantor cameraCanon makes great cameras! I have had my Canon 5D Mark II for just over 5 years and it is a fabulous machine. It’s a full frame, 21 megapixel workhorse. Recently, I heard somewhere that the lifespan of the digital shutter is about 150,000 clicks, or as they like to call it, “shutter activations.”  I didn’t know how many photographs I had taken with my camera, so I checked around and found a computer app to download that would give the answer.

I downloaded EOSInfo, connected my camera, and was quite surprised what it found out!

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I have pressed the shutter button on this camera 200,838 times. That means in the five years I have had the camera, I have taken an average of over 118 shots per day, everyday for the five years: that includes weekdays, weekends, holidays, vacation days, sick days, work days, lazy days…everyday (that’s what average means!).

And, this is just my latest camera. This is the fourth digital camera I’ve owned, and I have had at least 20 film cameras before that (film cameras lasted a lot longer).

I figure that I’ve made 2.7 million photographs. It makes my finger hurt just to write that.


Playing in the Chem Lab at Seton Hall

Seton Hall University in South Orange is one of New Jersey’s leading colleges.  Their Alumni magazine assigned me to photograph one of their professors who is doing some remarkable work with solar energy. The Romanian-born professor Sergiu Gorun,  is leading a team investigating how to use the sun’s energy to fight cancer.

I photographed his team in his lab. I wanted to illustrate his easygoing manner and connection with his students.  I placed the good professor behind a row of chemistry beakers, and in front of bottles of compounds. I even asked them to use some colored liquid in one of the classically-shaped chemical beakers. Using a 70-200 zoom lens, I set my camera position in an adjoining row, and photographed him through a space in the wall of beakers and bottles.  All safety precautions had to be carefully observed which is why everyone is wearing safety glasses or goggles.

Seton Hall Professon Gorun


Reenacting a CLASSIC!

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Twenty years ago, I photographed my two sons, then 3 and 7, with their heads poking through holes in my white seamless paper background. As you can see, they were getting pretty annoyed at Dad for making them sit for a portrait. It was hilarious!

Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2014. They were in town for turkey, and we reenacted the entire scene, but this time their scowls were make-believe.  It was even more fun the second time, especially now that the the boys are charming and accomplished. The guy on the left is graduating college this month, and the fellow on the right is moving to Seattle next month to help design spaceships.