Saturday, November 28, 2009

Capturing the Moment

Earlier this month, I was traveling down I280 south os San Francisco, and I drove by a vista turnout. I considered stopping and seeing what the view was, but I was late and I just drove on.
It did set up a train of thought though, that started with wondering how many other photographers had stopped and taken photos and would I just be repeating the same scene ad nauseam. A common saying about photographing popular scenes is you need to place your tripod in the holes left behind by the photographers that have come before you.

While I partially subscribe to that thought, I believe it's a lot more complicated than that. Being a long time Flickr subscriber and a member of the Grand Rapids Flickr group, I see a lot of photos of the same reflections off of buildings downtown, the same bridge shots and the same nighttime photos. I admit, I've contributed the same, since the scenes and the photos were new to me. Later, I've retaken the same photo, but tried to do it a different way or to put a different look to it. Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes I'm not.

I really think that if one tries, that a person can find something new to photograph in what some people have come to consider a cliche photograph. It's one reason I continue to go back to the same locations.

Let me know if you agree or disagree, I would like other folks opinions.


Monday, November 2, 2009

New Camera



I ended up buy a new camera, to me that is. I picked up a used Mamiya 645 medium format film camera on Craigslist a couple of weeks ago. I've been looking for a medium format camera for a bit, but the prices were always more than I wanted to pay. Either that, or by the time I got back to the person, it was already sold.

This one popped up on the site, and while the format really wasn't what I wanted, it was too good a deal to pass up. Instead of the square 6x6 format that I had been looking for, this one is a rectangular 4.5x6 cm format.

It sat for a week while I was busy with other stuff, but I got a chance to take it out a week ago. I went through 2 and a half rolls of film and finally got some developed yesterday. I like what I see on the negatives, but I need to learn more about scanning. Either that or set up the darkroom so I can print them the old fashioned way.