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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?

Current Mood: okay okay

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quincidence From: quincidence Date: August 24th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
you know, when I read the title, "to your will, I bend" I thought maybe, I read it wrong, then read it again...
So it isn't "To your Will (proper noun name of the photographer), I bend" hmmm I was almost fooled
abmann From: abmann Date: August 24th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I wasn't the one tying her up. :)
quincidence From: quincidence Date: August 24th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
But still it could have been your "WILL" that the person tying her up was following... ut yeah.. I figured.
nidea From: nidea Date: August 24th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
My photo of panties at St. Vinnie's is unexpectedly popular, given I didn't put it into any groups. Someone is searching for "panties"...
abmann From: abmann Date: August 24th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, big surprise there. :)
alyska From: alyska Date: August 24th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
i really like the photo you posted.

as for the lomo lc-a photos, i'd start out in full sunlight, see how a roll looks, and then slowly shoot in lower-light situations from there.

i kind of got used to understanding how much i could push film when i was shooting ASA50 and ASA100 16mm film in school. BEAUTIFUL low-grain images and vibrant colors for sunlit stuff, but total shit when shooting in, say, a dungeon.

(i've even shot ASA6 film with the 4x5 view camera last year. that was...interesting. yay, paper negatives!)

when can i snag my pictures? it's been so long since i've shot with the lomo, i don't remember what all was on the roll. will you be by the market tomorrow morning?
abmann From: abmann Date: August 24th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
We'll be at the market at some point tomorrow. We're going to be in Platteville tonight to tomorrow though. We'll be back in the afternoon I suspect. I'll remember to pack the photos before we leave tonight.

I think it all comes back to needing to understand how aperture + shutter speed + ISO = picture. i understand the concepts but have never really plugged hard numbers in to each to really understand it.

On the LC-A there's an ISO setting. Is that kinda the shutter speed setting since I can't actually change the shutter speed? And how exactly does the A aperture setting affect the camera?

The slide film I bought the other day is 100. I was hoping to snag something a touch faster as I tend to phlog in low light or overcast days more than sunny days. And the cross-process slide in C-41 looks best when the highlights are muted but even. It gives a really elegant green-yellow hue to everything with the lower contrast from the softer light.

/photo geek
fiendishx From: fiendishx Date: August 24th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yummy Buffet kind of looks like Jimmy Buffet. Maybe if it were written in an accent that pronounces Js as Ys.
abmann From: abmann Date: August 24th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Too bad Jimmy Buffet doesn't serve good teriyaki.
fiendishx From: fiendishx Date: August 24th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
lqqkout From: lqqkout Date: August 28th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad I could contribute to such popular work :) And don't disparage your photography skills - if anything, keep in mind how your photoshop wizardry created some popular images out of what may have been too blurry to really enjoy!
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