Photography and Oil

This is another station-keeping post. Energy prices (oil, coal, etc.) have been going parabolic, a phenomenon that almost always ends in a relatively quick collapse. Will oil go back down to 70, or stay over 100? That I don’t know, but demand destruction is the tried and true fix for high prices, and it’s something a recession is great at doing. The peak might have been a few trading days ago, or it might be in the next few weeks. Either way, like the bear market rally we saw, I think this run is due to end. As to the broader market, remember, bear market rules still apply: Don’t buy the dips, do sell the rallies, and if you can’t trade, sit things out in cash.

I recently bought a Nikon D40 (digital SLR). I have a few decent lenses for it, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 and 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6. I’d also like to get the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for an ultrawide, but I may hold off a bit. Thanks to the Safari Bookshelf I’ve worked my way through Scott Kelby’s The Digital Photography Book (both volumes) and Joe McNally’s The Moment It Clicks. Ken Rockwell’s web site is also very helpful, as were a few articles on photo.net. How do I know I’ve been reading too much? When I glance at the screen saver on the iMac next to me and instead of my brain going “ooh.. what a pretty picture of water droplets on an autumn leaf”, it thinks “oh, the photographer was using a ring flash”.

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