Friday Night Photography Quote:
Up to and including the moment of exposure, the photographer is working in an undeniably subjective way. By his choice of technical approach, by the selection of the subject matter…and by his decision as to the exact cinematic instant of exposure, he is blending the variables of interpretation into an emotional whole.
— W. Eugene Smith, Time-Life – Photographers on Photography
All of the experience. All of the mistakes from the past. Maybe a piece of equipment failure or just not working properly. Including using someone else’s camera.
Make do with what you have! Thinking getting a New Camera or a New Lens or a New Anything will transform your “Work/Art” into a masterpiece??
A new piece of equipment might or/ will make your job easier. But lets say a New Lens will/might make you think differently from a new perspective.
5 years ago we ended up in Paris on Bastille Day which is today July 14.
My brother and his family rented an apartment for a few months of that summer.
Once there we were going to be going around by train and cab visiting several places. I knew that helping him with the Suitcases as well as our own would be difficult at best. Dragging my backpack with my equipment was definitely not going to either fun and or safe for the equipment. They had two young boys also in two.
So I had reluctantly agreed to use his camera once we arrived. No extra long glass.
Just a kit lens on his very basic body. Not saying it was terrible but not what I was used to. Having a different system thrown upon me was going to be a chore right from the start…. Of course a different company has a different Menu System.. LOL
My mindset was that I only had one thing to do. Take it up as a personal challenge.
I had to learn how his system worked and fast so I could be able to do what I pictured in my mind. Making it an extension of my fingers like I always do.
Phew not an easy thing of course. Realistically I had trouble finding how to set the camera to shoot Raw. Wait??? Will my programs be able to deal with the Raw Files from his camera?? Yeah! I had checked before I left and that put my mind at ease even a little bit.
First day there my brother and his group left us for a short nap. I had just closed my eyes when I heard it…….. Man what was that?? Ohh Bastille Day Celebrations. I just heard a Fighter Jet flyby. Oh man… Turning to my wife she was already asleep after our 6 and change hour flight. Grabbing his camera I’m out the door. Trying to remember which door I’m walking out of so I could find my way back. Remember we just arrived and my Sister In Law and Brother are No Where to be seen…
Fighter Jets, Cargo Ships and Choppers.. Oh an Historical Parade. Men on horseback wearing old fashioned dress uniforms.. Man I wish I had my assortment of Lenses…
But using what I had I shot several memorable images…..
I was forced to use my Noise Reduction on these even using a normal range of exposures. The Sky that did show was extremely Noisy. I guess the sensor quality maybe?? That I wasn’t used to. But the colors and details are good. I’ll limit my images for this post on those from the Bastille Day Celebrations…
Have a Great Weekend Everyone.
Before I forget Congratulations to Team Croatia for the Win.
Croatia vs France
For the World Cup…