Introspectives #10

Today I finish a brief introductory course on DSLRs. The manner in which my digital camera works a subject into a photograph, has been somewhat demystified, and I can now switch into manual mode without feeling that I’m falling off a diving board into something dark and viscous.

Having puzzled the admixtures of f stops, shutter speeds, isos, white balance and depth of field, it is a relief to just play around with shutter drag. A slow shutter speed (1 sec), moderate aperture (f 8-11) low iso and with flash enabled, the aim is then to move the camera during the exposure, either physically, or by zooming the lens in and out. Sounds easy but too much movement produces nonsense and too little looks like camera shake.

The point of it all is to create momentum in stillness or capture movement in one – an effective effect when it comes right.

karate kata
Karate kata triptych

The following self-portraits showed me how much hands are involved in photography as well as the notion that we are all Cyclops, seeing with a third eye.
self portrait β€œThere are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Ansel Adamsself portrait“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” Ernst Haas


15 thoughts on “Introspectives #10

      1. No need for memory……. life is for Discovery or if not Repetition……. over and over again. Warhol threw out the book and found it better to keep repeating himself on the bits he liked best. All he had to do was change the colours somehow from time to time. He had a lot of time for fun too! ( he also had a secretary who took down every word he said which made him sound busy… which must have been nice!)

  1. These are so cool! I love the self-portraits in particular. I’ve never heard of shutter drag. Thank you for teaching me something new today. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Laura,
    The special effects you create are fascinating. I am also appreciative of the photographers’ comments–which is something I don’t hear too often. Thank you for sharing a very thoughtful and informative post.

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