Monday, February 27, 2006

Goodnight from Sydney

The other day I was taking a look at a photo-blog and it started me thinking. I wont mention which blog, as I think the publisher takes incredible photos and the following comments may give the incorrect perception of sarcasm. That is not my aim!

The photographer revealed a few details about which filters, masks and watchamacallits were used, and I started thinking, "I don't have any of those, at least not as far I know. I will have to get some software that does all that."

Then I thought - why bother.

Not because I believe I don't need software enhancement- I need all the enhancement I can get for a few things - but because I am not the lad I once was.

Until a couple of years ago, I was into any software program that was going. I trialled hundreds, sometimes for clients, sometimes using clients as an excuse to download and "see what it does." I never had any problem getting the hang of any program. If anyone wanted advice on how to use a program, I could usually help.

But then I hit the wall.

For some reason, even simple programs now baffle me. I have a hard enough job using Paint, let alone some fancy photo-editing program. I used to love creating databases and spreadsheets, now, I find it a chore. My spreadsheets were works of art, now they are darn right boring.

Tempted as I was to invest in a program like Photoshop, I resisted. I told myself it was not due to my current lack of ability to understand such a program, but that photographers such as Gordon Parks, didn't have access to Photoshop, and he took some of my favourite photographs. Heck, as far as I know, his camera didn't even have a memory card!

Having said all that, I will now give some technical details about tonight's photo.

Setting up the shot: Opened the window and stuck my head out. Checked that rain wasn't coming in. Rain didn't, bloody big moth did.

Settings: Exposure 3.2 seconds. No flash. ISO Speed - Yes.

Tripod: I am not sure if photographic etiquette allows an Arnott's biscuit tin to be classified as a tripod.

Original Size: I know this bit! 2272 x 1704

Wherever you may be - be safe
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