Why oh why do I continue to shoot macro in low light? First, I don’t have a macro lens, and second, my tripod is stinky. I should have done this at lunchtime instead of when I came home after work – especially when work was such a long day.
I started my day at the prison, and had a chat with the visitor’s guard about their Polaroid “portrait studio.” I asked him about film, and all he could say was it was from a foreign company, and he made some vague reference to buying “overseas.” I tilted my head a bit, and suggested “Fuji?” And he said maybe, he was very unclear. I asked him if he thought they would run out of film, and he didn’t seem concerned. He did say they’ve had to raise the price of a photo ticket though. Anyway, in my “I’m in intrigued with Polaroids” post, I mentioned that I had seen a few Polaroid manipulation videos that were interesting but didn’t have the links – so here are the links – here and here. These are from Scott Wittenburg’s video podcast Photography 101. I don’t know much about Wittenburg, but he seems like an interesting guy – he was in a band, he did commercial photography, he was a high school photography teacher, and he writes murder mysteries. An all around guy. Anyway, I’ve watched a few of his podcasts, and they’re short and very teacherly. Check it out. His most recent podcast is an HDR tutorial (which has me intrigued . . .), and the previous episode he invited a former student on the show, and she prepared a slide show of photos she had shot around New York City. She talked about what she was thinking when she took the shot, why she liked it, why she cropped it the way she did, and not only what edits she made in Photoshop, but aesthetically and artistically what she was trying to say with the edits. Interesting stuff.
Speaking of podcasts (since I really don’t want to show you my crappy photos), I also love the Candid Frame. In each episode of the Candid Frame, the host, Ibarionex R. Perello, interviews a a photographer much like Inside the Actor’s Studio without the insipid brownnosing. He talks about their photographic beginnings, their love of photography, their vision, style, projects, everything. If I hadn’t busted my laptop over the weekend, I would be reaching back into his archives to listen to his interview with David duChemin. On Friday, Di Mackey stopped by my blog via the August Break, and after reading my intro, and my disclaimer – “I’m not a professional photographer . . .” she left me a lovely comment, in which she reminded me that the difference between a hobbyist and a professional is that a professional makes money taking photos, but we are all photographers. She then pointed me towards duChemin’s strangely underpriced ebooks at Craft and Vision. In his book, Vision is Better, he semi-rants about how gear is good, but vision is better – that professionals don’t necessarily turn out better work, they just get paid. The whole thing is really eye-opening. And for $5, it’s an awesome pep talk.
Ok, enough stalling, here’s my Macro Monday Shot:
And, a few others that I’m equally as unhappy with – the light was too low, yadda yadda yadda, excuses – but I really really hate the shiny shiny on the dolls:
Check out the much much much better macros!