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To your will, I bend
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I wrote the following mostly last night. So.
In contemplating the whole 'artist' thing... In my random mind-meanderings, I think I've decided that I am not a technically good "photographer." By "technically good" I mean that I'm no good at understanding a scene and being able to shoot a good photo of it.

This is entirely my own fault for relying on my Nikon's internal meter. Sure, I can generally adjust a shot to account for the scene's make up but given that I shoot almost entirely in Aperture-priority (because I'm lazy) I have never developed the ability to correctly assess the light composition of a photo. Aperture-priority is tons faster when I'm wandering around and snapping street shots. Yeah, I'm really lazy. But I rarely take a really damn fine photo straight out of the gate, or off the memory card as it were.

Now, Photoshop? I think I'm pretty bad-ass at Photoshop. I'm teetering on the edge of calling myself a Photoshop (or potentially a Digital) Artist. I know that 95% of the stupid things I do with a camera I can fix in post. I also know that I can heighten X mood or Y feature of said photo, or even change it entirely, in Photoshop. I worked and researched a long while to be able to do with Photoshop what I can do now.

Here. An early example. Photo from last night.

One early photo isn't really indicative but the later photo is more indicative (I think) of the sort of stuff I do now. It may or may not be elaborate but it shies away from the blatant POTOCHOP!!!! feel of some of my previous stuff had. Meaning that, for the most part, all my edits are reproducible in a dark room... just faster. :)

So, I suppose, because of my ability of Photoshop I have let myself slack with the camera. Regardless, I think the end results tend to work and are appealing.

I picked up my film yesterday. :) Very fun. The Lomo roll was especially entertaining.
    It was as follows:
  1. Garden hose
  2. feloniouscat
  3. Lake Monona Dock.
  4. Person in the lake.
  5. Disrobed lady_fox.
  6. Bound lady_fox with lqqkout.
  7. Naked Fox.

:) Strange roll of film. As for the Supersampler? Well, I misunderstood how the shutters work. I had though that the first shutter fired when I press the shutter release then every .5 seconds another fires. no no. The first shutter doesn't fire until .5 seconds after initially hitting the shutter release. Many of the "clever" photos I attempted didn't work out right because of this.

One in particular, a shot of the Yummy Buffet sign near state, ended up being a technically difficult shot that I blundered into. I tried to take the first frame of the sign and have the remaining three of the sky above it. Well, because of the timing issue every shot is a nearly identical view of the sign. I apparently moved the camera at a near perfectly consistent rate for each shutter. Crazy.

But, Lomo isn't joking that you should use the Supersampler in full daylight. Some of the shots in cloudy skies are grainy. Also, action shots are by far the coolest photos to shoot with this camera.

As for the LC-A shots I took? Eh. Too low of light at GRUE and the play party. My shots were all pretty blurry and under exposed. I suspect I'll get better with that, though, over time as I learn how the camera really works. But the vignetting and exposure drop off was neat in some of alyska's photos. :)

Overall, I heart cameras with light meter even if they make me a lazy photog.
Lastly, my bondage photos seem to be a big hit with the Kinky Flickr groups. Hundreds of hits over night. Um... surprised?

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