I've read in a few posts you play some Xbox. Are you still finding time to play with your son/work nowadays and what are some of your favorite games?
I do still play games, though now with Oliver and work piling up it’s definitely a little harder to find time. I generally play in manic sessions where I won’t touch a game for two weeks and then I’ll play 10 hours on a Sunday. These days Xbox 360 is still my favorite console, though I’ve somehow managed to collect every other console and portable gaming system to boot over the past few years. Most of my gaming time is spent on the Xbox, though.
The game I most recently played and finished was BioShock Infinite, which was truly fantastic and will probably end up being my Game of the Year vote. I still think about the story (and most notably the ending) on a daily basis and I’m biding my time until I can fit in a second play through. Before that, I really enjoyed the Tomb Raider reboot and sunk a bunch of really fun time into Far Cry 3. I’m very excited about Grand Theft Auto V in September. Thinking about recent games I’ve played makes it clear I’ve played a ton of Xbox even with Oliver, because I’ve played nearly every major release in the past year.
I haven’t played my PS3 since inFamous 2 (which I didn’t like as much as the first in the series) and I probably won’t turn it on again until Last of Us is out. Everything about the PS3 seems clunky to me and I don’t find myself enjoying the PS3-exclusive titles as much as other games. My PS Vita hasn’t been touched in months either… I keep hearing about how the future is bright for the PS Vita, but maybe one day that will actually include awesome games.
My Wii U sits dormant since launch, after throwing about 40 hours into Zombii U (terrible name, very fun game) I haven’t seen anything else that looks interesting. Maybe one day there will be a new Zelda or Metroid game, but who knows. Nintendo seems to be circling the drain a bit. I have a 3DS XL which is a cute gimmick but I’ve found the size of the controls and their placement very hard to use with my large hands unless I’m in a perfect sitting position, which really cuts down on me wanting to play it. Though I’ve thrown some time toward Ocarina of Time 3D (I somehow never played Ocarina of Time on the N64 back in the day—shameful, I know).
I’m very excited to see what Microsoft has planned for the nex-gen Xbox when they announce it this month.
You mentioned in a recent post that you spend a lot of time focusing and taking multiple photos to get the ideal result. Are you a manual focus guy or auto-focus guy? Or a little of both?
Depends a bit on the camera. On my 5D Mark II it’s about 50/50 autofocus to manual because the autofocus is trustworthy. I tend to autofocus and then tweak manually before shooting. But on my NEX-7 I’ve found the autofocus to be lacking so when I shoot with that camera it’s about 90% manual focus, 10%.
In general I have a constant fear of autofocus because I hate the idea of snapping 30 photos while I’m out only to find out they’re all garbage. Granted, the same thing can happen with manual focus, but it’s a lot less common and it’s my own fault in those cases.