Choose Your Instrument In a recent post I talked about using my Canon 300D more after modifying it to be a manual focus, zuiko OM mounting, 10D; and then wanting to use it more - post modifications. So, I have been!  I have been taking it out with me on walks, trips, to work and trying to use it some more.  I’ve been doing this for a week or so now, and I’ve made some observations… I’m taking rubbish photos again The photos I’m not totally ashamed of are ‘different’ two my other photos I haven’t found my vibe (Rockwell’s 'signature’) yet. So, let’s explore these three points. Point 1:  I think I can explore this pretty quickly.  It’s all about the money, money, money (it’s a guilty, guilty pleasure of mine).  Look at it anyway you want: $ £ ¥ € - when I press the shutter on my film cameras, I know that in that instance, that millisecond of decision, when my motor cortex sends signals down to the finger, that I have committed £0.56 right there, just to get a 4mb digital file I can save and upload.  When I’m on my 300D, I can just press that shutter, machine-gunning away, chimping at the LCD screen as often as I like, not even thinking, just pressing buttons.  So, the lack of clarity provided by pence-per-photo just lets me be a dick and not take anything of worth.  But like I said in the other post, sometimes I get lucky and take a photo I love.  But that’s more about candid, fun people shots than it is photography.  Like the kids who all carry a tiny-little-camera these days with a minimum focussing distance of 10cm and just shoot their friends, all day and all night, extreme close-up. Point 2: Have a look at the difference in these three photos of my muse, each taken with one of my three favourite guns, and click on links for the sets.  I don’t know if you see it quite as strong as I do, but I see three really different feels/styles/effects. When I review my OM1 photos, I see an intent, which is seldom achieved, to capture the colour or …erm, aargh, word-block… miasma of the photo.  Like, I’m trying to capture more than the visual, in a photo.  As such, these photos all have their own scent, I’m trying that olfactory metaphor again. I know that when I’m shooting the Baldamatic, because it’s a rangefinder with a magical exposure adjustment, I’m just capturing what I see, anything I see that makes me smile/think/pause/frown - anything that invokes a hunch of a photo.  I’m not quite going to be as bold as to suggest it’s reportage, but I know that the Balda does bring out the best of my 'eye’ - because I’m just seeing exactly what’s there through the viewfinder, reading the exposure guide, twisting the clockwork exposure adjustment to where I feel it should be, and shooting. We’ve already read a paragraph of diatribe about the way I use the 300D, but I notice the photos I keep from the 300D are colourful, usually bright, clean, crisp and at a totally different perspective from the OM1 or Balda.  The colour element is because I’ve ramped up the colour on a custom parameter within the firmware, but the rest, is because, without obviously using an Photoshop Action, Aperture Preset, or other computer hokum, that’s the way they come off the camera. Olympus OM1 Baldamatic 1 Canon EOS 300D Modded Point 3: (Thanks for sticking around this long) I haven’t found my own personal effect, sense, feeling or leitmotif.  When I look through my photostream I see a development and growth of sorts, from snap-shooter to  gawd-awful-attempts-at-artistic-drivel, but no distinct and firm feature of my photography that makes it mine.  To help show what I’m missing, here’s someone that definitely has theyrr-own-thang-goin-on.  See that, feel that, you could recognise their stuff if you saw it.  Is that what I’m after?  Is that what I want?  Do I want such a distinctive feeling that it’s obviously mine?  Can I achieve that without computer hokum?  Is computer hokum not hokum?  What sort of imbroglio have I got myself into asking 37 questions in my own blog?  But seriously now, I am going to have to have a real think about what it is I want to achieve with my photos and how I want them to look.  I’m going to have to do that, or just keep shooting and enjoy watching the developments. Heck, I’m going to persevere and keep shooting, I’ve just realised how much I love my Balda, so I’m going to take that out tomorrow and have some fun.  It’s not very obtrusive so it will lend itself to the perverted voyeurism I’ve been hankering.

Choose Your Instrument

In a recent post I talked about using my Canon 300D more after modifying it to be a manual focus, zuiko OM mounting, 10D; and then wanting to use it more - post modifications.

So, I have been!  I have been taking it out with me on walks, trips, to work and trying to use it some more.  I’ve been doing this for a week or so now, and I’ve made some observations…

  1. I’m taking rubbish photos again
  2. The photos I’m not totally ashamed of are ‘different’ two my other photos
  3. I haven’t found my vibe (Rockwell’s 'signature’) yet.

So, let’s explore these three points.

Point 1:  I think I can explore this pretty quickly.  It’s all about the money, money, money (it’s a guilty, guilty pleasure of mine).  Look at it anyway you want: $ £ ¥ € - when I press the shutter on my film cameras, I know that in that instance, that millisecond of decision, when my motor cortex sends signals down to the finger, that I have committed £0.56 right there, just to get a 4mb digital file I can save and upload.  When I’m on my 300D, I can just press that shutter, machine-gunning away, chimping at the LCD screen as often as I like, not even thinking, just pressing buttons.  So, the lack of clarity provided by pence-per-photo just lets me be a dick and not take anything of worth.  But like I said in the other post, sometimes I get lucky and take a photo I love.  But that’s more about candid, fun people shots than it is photography.  Like the kids who all carry a tiny-little-camera these days with a minimum focussing distance of 10cm and just shoot their friends, all day and all night, extreme close-up.

Point 2: Have a look at the difference in these three photos of my muse, each taken with one of my three favourite guns, and click on links for the sets.  I don’t know if you see it quite as strong as I do, but I see three really different feels/styles/effects.

  • When I review my OM1 photos, I see an intent, which is seldom achieved, to capture the colour or …erm, aargh, word-block… miasma of the photo.  Like, I’m trying to capture more than the visual, in a photo.  As such, these photos all have their own scent, I’m trying that olfactory metaphor again.
  • I know that when I’m shooting the Baldamatic, because it’s a rangefinder with a magical exposure adjustment, I’m just capturing what I see, anything I see that makes me smile/think/pause/frown - anything that invokes a hunch of a photo.  I’m not quite going to be as bold as to suggest it’s reportage, but I know that the Balda does bring out the best of my 'eye’ - because I’m just seeing exactly what’s there through the viewfinder, reading the exposure guide, twisting the clockwork exposure adjustment to where I feel it should be, and shooting.
  • We’ve already read a paragraph of diatribe about the way I use the 300D, but I notice the photos I keep from the 300D are colourful, usually bright, clean, crisp and at a totally different perspective from the OM1 or Balda.  The colour element is because I’ve ramped up the colour on a custom parameter within the firmware, but the rest, is because, without obviously using an Photoshop Action, Aperture Preset, or other computer hokum, that’s the way they come off the camera.

Olympus OM1

Baldamatic 1

Canon EOS 300D Modded

Point 3: (Thanks for sticking around this long) I haven’t found my own personal effect, sense, feeling or leitmotif.  When I look through my photostream I see a development and growth of sorts, from snap-shooter to  gawd-awful-attempts-at-artistic-drivel, but no distinct and firm feature of my photography that makes it mine.  To help show what I’m missing, here’s someone that definitely has theyrr-own-thang-goin-on.  See that, feel that, you could recognise their stuff if you saw it.  Is that what I’m after?  Is that what I want?  Do I want such a distinctive feeling that it’s obviously mine?  Can I achieve that without computer hokum?  Is computer hokum not hokum?  What sort of imbroglio have I got myself into asking 37 questions in my own blog?  But seriously now, I am going to have to have a real think about what it is I want to achieve with my photos and how I want them to look.  I’m going to have to do that, or just keep shooting and enjoy watching the developments.

Heck, I’m going to persevere and keep shooting, I’ve just realised how much I love my Balda, so I’m going to take that out tomorrow and have some fun.  It’s not very obtrusive so it will lend itself to the perverted voyeurism I’ve been hankering.