Thursday, April 16, 2009


It's always interesting when you realize that you've actually been going about things the wrong way for many, many years of your life.
For instance, I wasted a LOT of time attempting to hone my photography skills in to the sub-par wielding of a point-and-click that you would usually see in my profile.
My main problem was attempting to wield something made for powerful, precise actions to capture completely weird, unique or disambiguated moments. And being that I never mastered how to do that with a razor's edge of accuracy, they never really came out. Sheer luck dictated my shutter-clicking. I have learned the rule of 3rd relatively well, but as far as the finer points of aperture, f-stop, flash use... still a n00b. I was lucky to have a camera that auto-sensed and took care of all of that for me.
What I really wanted to do was some guerrilla photography, running around catching odd textures, moments, lighting... things that one can't do properly if they aren't familiar with that razor of reproduction that comes with heavy-duty 35mm models.
With the transition to the new camera body and thoughts of how the newer technology would probably set me up for some mighty fine snapshots, even if they weren't breath-taking. I was okay with this. I just wanted the trip documented well.
Then I stumbled across something that's pretty much cracked my world open. You see, out there is a cult of VERY loyal, VERY excited owners of what are called "toy cameras". Made mostly of plastic, and prone to things like light-leaks and double-exposure, they are part of the "lomography" movement. They basically reject the ability to mess with focus, to get the wide-angle shot, to The Lomography Rules of Engagement
I enjoy them. Things like "shoot from the hip" and "it doesn't matter if you don't know what's on the shot right now". I love the antithesis of digital media that it advocates.
And I'm so terribly addicted.

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