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What makes me click and the camera shutter? Two things:
First, the moment of discovery and revelation of a hidden or brief reality is mesmorising. Tuning, scrutinyzing and revealing light and artifacts in order to visualize moods or ambience is just the ultimate joy.
Embarking on a journey and squeezing the essence out of time and places I guess is the hidden urge and thereby turning glimps of time to everlasting impressions and memories.
Second, the joy of knowing you’ve taken some decent pictures and studying them later on your desktop screen, is like getting small presents even yet to be fully unwrapped. Zooming on to a picture turns out to be zooming into the life of that very frozen liv
ed life. Truely a dwelving and mindful proces.
Now on to blood poisening.
My serious camera life started with a Minolta XD7 (top camera in picture).
Given to me at my confirmation at the age of 16 (that was around the xxx years). The day after I was bit by a wasp in the hand resulting in a blue veine up to my arm pit. Off to the hospital and out of the hospital with the entire right arm in gips. No cha
nce to bend my arm to push down the trigger nor to view in the søger for a whole week.
Since then I’ve taken revenge and shoot some thousends per year. Mostly to the patience and overbærenhed of my dear family (at the same time being a full time it manager at a large us company).
However, having felt the restrictions of film, no previewing and 24/36 film roles, I -always sometimes take too few pictures. Especially of portraits since tiny thoughts can change expressions in micro seconds for better or decisive worse.
The other cameras belonged to my father whose small… analog film pleasures may have rubbed off to me. Here are some of his. http://lightism.co.uk/why-older-photographers-are-probably-better-photographers/
Gear – Todays lineup looks like this
Pentax it is.
And why not Canon or Nikon? I guess I’m always inclined to have an open eye to the underdog in an industry. Either out of pitty, they try harder or because I just don’t want to go with the flow. I think the latter is quite indispensable in the arts to say the least.
But… technology wise they have a unique setting which no one else in the industry has: in other cameras you can set the aperture or the shuttertime as dependants of one another with the ISO fixed. On a Pentax you can fix time and aperture and make the ISO variable.
That makes you capable walking around with ideal time and aperture settings according to your surroundings and your liking, with the camera adjusting only the ISO. Whether the film sensitivity is set to 100 or 800 has absolutely no bearings on image quality.
Contrary to the film era every photographer had to decide on beforehand what sensitivity you would go for when putting the role into the camera (I remember the smell) and couldn’t change settings in the middle of a film. I guess this paradigm is still quite pervasive and stuck to the design and the reason why other camera manufactures havn’t changed that setting, yet.
Choice of Angle
My favorites lenses being the two at the far left and right. The Tamron 17-50mm f:2.8 and Sigma 105 f:2.8. Any coincidence it’s not an original Pentax? I don’t think so. Just not yet had the chance buying a proper one.
Mind the gap though. The distance to a subject is measured in feet, i.e. walk closer or further away from the subject. That is how you zoom! The lens focus… should be regarded as how much content you want to stack in a certain frame. Only in wildlife you buy 500mm NOT to get physically any closer 😉
Buying a camera/lens
If I should give a purchase recommendation then its buy whatever housing you think is superior but never use the standard zoom lens which normally comes along with the ‘kit’. Often with focal lenghts between 35 and 70 mm. Why? Because the glass and quality makes all the difference. Actually Pentax has a good page on this matter.
So in other words, don’t go buy a camera but look for the right glasses and then the housing brand comes on itself.
The devil is in the details
Another often neglected big detail, is the ability to adjust the lenses according to camera. Very often forgotten, but photographers wander around their whole life with suboptimal sharpness.
The setting is all to hidden but in my opinion should be highlighted in a cameras quick intro. Do the manufactures not want to highlight subtle technical inconsistencies? Really a shame. Make a nerdy thing also your thing. Own it. Your expensive gear deserves better.
I hope I’ve contributed to your unlearning and thanks for reading but better yet and much appreciated, don’t contact me; comment me.
Have a wonderful day.