Point Of View And Perspective

A brief follow-up to a more technically oriented post regarding lens choice and perspective. At least a half dozen people went out and did exactly what I demonstrated with my StupidCrap™ example shots. Most of them tested my assertion by using a far bigger difference in focal length than my 28mm and 50mm example. Standing in the same place using their widest lens then their longest lens cropping for the same framing they had their collective minds blown that perspective was exactly the same. Great — stupid pet tricks causing epiphany. With that horse dead it’s probably a good idea to talk about ”now what”.


Fuji X-System, A Clarification

Reading posts here and there one might thing I’ve got some strange Fuji vendetta. I regularly poke fun, mock, and cast dispersions on the company and it’s products. Turns out I’m a big fan of the company and it’s products. After an extended email conversation with a reader I thought some clarification of my thoughts might be appropriate regarding Fuji and their X-series cameras.


Fuji X100 Series Thoughts

I’ve written many times of the evils of automation, how bad an idea it was (and is) to link autofocus to the shutter release and other philosophical ramblings on techno-distractions. I came across an image today as the result of my insanely long and recursive edit process. The mere fact this image came up so long after I made it confirms in some way how valid my own personal process for editing is — for me. It also brought some of those ramblings I mentioned above back to the forefront of my thoughts.


Provacative Portraiture

The title is the same as a workshop I hosted last summer. A short conceptual workshop intended to demonstrate quickly in a room full of photographers something I noticed a long time ago that at the time was an epiphany. Given it was my first time out attempting to demonstrate something very subtle I didn’t completely fail but next time there are a lot of things I’ll change.

Going through a group of images I made in extremely short succession with a subject I’ve never worked with before re-re-reconfirmed the crux of what I was trying to demonstrate in suboptimal circumstances last summer. I thought it might be of interest to a few of you so I’ll see if it can be explained and illustrated briefly. Like most things it’s far easier to see when you experience up close and personally I’ll give it a shot anyway.


Fuji X-System, A Clarification

Reading posts here and there one might thing I’ve got some strange Fuji vendetta. I regularly poke fun, mock, and cast dispersions on the company and it’s products. Turns out I’m a big fan of the company and it’s products. After an extended email conversation with a reader I thought some clarification of my thoughts might be appropriate regarding Fuji and their X-series cameras.


Autofocus, Does It Matter?

I’ve rambled on a bit regarding auto-this, manual-that, camera tech, a bunch of my feelings towards it for the last month or so. All of it amounts to one thing — to get across a point that what matters to the industry and everybody else really has very little to do with what matters to you, your photographs, and honestly the vast majority of photographs I see.

Every one is different. No two people are not on fire. Ahhhhh. Strong Bad


Understanding Focal Lenth and Perspective

My rant from the other day had a few people confused. Not about my point, more about something that comes up a lot and has been explained countless times since the dawn of time. Unfortunately I make a lot of assumptions here about ”stuff everyone knows”. I assume people know a lot — bad idea considering how much ridiculous-ness is chucked out on the internet per second. I would love to kill about 350 birds with one stone but I’m depressed and lazy and really don’t feel like making pictures today so I’ll settle with a mere one bird for this with a slathering of other birds that could be killed but will escape for another day. How about we talk about perspective, field of view, distortion, focal length, and stuff of that ilk? Okay?


OMFG! And Other Thoughts

WARNING: Caps and bold. This is an extremely snipe-y rant. Continue at your own risk. Also, I usually don’t point out individuals and I’ll try not to now but… if you know who I’m talking about please do not take this as any sort of personal attack. It’s not. Rather more a poster child for the mass hysteria that I ran across while bored this morning. I’m sure this will get me some hate mail and quite possibly some arm-chair argument, Whatever.


Five Things That Drive My Gear Churn

Who was it that said something along the lines of doing the same thing over and expecting different results was the definition of insanity…

We all do that — it’s okay as long as it’s only on occasion. As I was taking a bit of time here and there yesterday messing around with matching up color negative film looks in Capture One for some presets I might get done sooner or later I stumbled upon one of the rare occasions I shot a DSLR and actually had a square final image in mind. This combined with a blog post titled 8 reasons you should buy an X100T instead of an X100S I stumbled across sparked a thought. Most of the things I care about regarding gear, method, output, etc… most of the technical as well as the not so technical about my particular bent in photography I figured out a long time ago.


Fuji X100S, Constraints Fuel Creativity

I’m all for that one camera, one lens thing. Not as a publicity stunt or anything but as an exercise on just how infinite the variables are of any giving photographic circumstance before introducing all of the possible stuff you could bring to the table. Constraints absolutely fuel creativity. I posted a bunch of pictures yesterday that people seemed to like. I’ll use a slathering of them here as illustrations.

This ties in a lot with a suggestion I made to someone the other day to pick one “look” and stick to it. With that one look in mind see what you make and how you start to interpret the world — he’s also doing a one camera, one lens project for himself during 2015.