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.
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.
Still alive. Yep, it’s been a while since the last post. Seems like I’m suffering from a case of spring fever. Anything that involves such indoor, mundane, sit-at-desk kinds of effort is just not something I can tolerate. I’ve been making a whole lot of pictures in the last month or so. Some not bad others… hmmm, not so good but that doesn’t matter. I’m out of the house, winter’s over and I’m having fun with my camera. That’s the important part isn’t it?
I guess that brings us to today’s brief topic; The Fuji X100S as well as the other two X100 cameras. I consider them pretty much all the same cameras with extremely minor operational and performance differences. I’m sure that various people will argue to the ends of the earth that the difference between an X100, X100S, and an X100T are night and day but from my perspective or say the perspective of comparing any of them to a camera such as a Nikon D4 or something they all fall into about the same level of performance and operational characteristics.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
I’m always a little apprehensive regarding the release of any eBook or presets or anything like that. I always expect to get some sort of “What the hell?” feedback from anyone that grabs them. More often than not I get comments and feedback that verge on the embarrassingly gushing positive. Here’s one I asked if I could publish here along with a few photos an early user sent to me.
I’m seriously loving these presets. Honestly man, I think these are the best out there - and I’ve definitely used them all.
The Kodak Black And White Classics Presets for Capture One I put out there a week or so ago has generated more than one conversation, a bunch of questions, and as usual far different from anything expected. Interaction has ranged from the “hey these are great”, to the philosophical, to the technical. I’ll not repeat all of them here but I do want to point you to a project and a post from Andy Farrell more on the philosophical kind of internal debate. I think what he’s made is really great — how about you…