This is my camera

This is my camera. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My camera is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My camera, without me, is useless. Without my camera, I am useless. I must fire my camera true.

My camera and myself know that what counts is not the shots we take, the speed of our shutter, nor the flash we make. We know that it is the successful photos that count.

My camera is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its lenses and its settings. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my camera clean and ready. We will become part of each other.

From the Rifleman’s Creed

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