When I was a kid I was more of a music guy. I was consistently recognized as being one of the best saxophonists (for my age) in middle Georgia. There was one point I was in 5 different bands. When college came around I was pressured to pursue music scholarships and probably could have gotten into some exclusive music programs but I thought studying music on that level would kill the magic in it for me. In retrospect it was just another sacrifice I made that didn't end up paying off for me in the end.
Definitely look for a good multifocal; you can easily switch from landscapes to portraits to macro to peeping tom. : P It also really helps with composition for when you can move closer or farther back for what ever reason.
One of the best things you can have going for you is to be a big intimidating looking guy. Going out at 2-4am also helps because most of the people who would give you trouble are asleep. You're right about dawn and dusk. They're called "The Golden Hours" of photography but I just haven't found much worth shooting in the morning around here. Maybe that'll be my next challenge, Although I've been giving tilt shift and time-lapse a lot of thought lately.
Not sure how the Man of Mystery thing came about. What's so mysterious about a fuzzy teddy bear hanging out on art forums on the internet? ; )
Now, lets get back to the story of the “Fish who couldn’t swim.” Bob’s actually name is Emulehmerableablesmith but since no one could pronounce it everyone called him Bob. You see, it was always Bobs dream to swim in the ocean but he had two problems. The first being, well, he couldn’t swim. The second was that he was no where near the ocean. And every day Bob would wake up and try his best to swim. He’d wiggle his tail and flap his fishy fins only to go no where. What Bob didn’t know was that he could swim just fine, it was that his bowl was simple too small. Every time he started to move forward he’d hit the side of the bowl and go nowhere.
What made it worse was that his bowl was perched on a table which had a wonderful view of the ocean through a nearby window.
Actually, that’s not that bad for MS Paint. But didn’t you say you were a designer? How can you not know the Adobe Suite? Or do you stick to the old fashioned pencil to paper way of doing things?
I mentioned the specs for the camera mostly because if you do a bit of digging some non-DSLRs have those features and you might be able to find a compromise with a rangefinder style camera. One of the sneaky costs of a DSLR is that once you have the body then you have to get the lens. I would recommend trying to find a solid multifocal. I have a tamron 28-75mm that is compatible with both digital and film. Film compatibility may be something to think about if you want to expand eventually to film.
Yep, those were the result of hours of work in a darkroom. I spent 4 years mostly shooting only at night. I would go out at 2am and wonder around downtown Macon taking pictures. Night work can have somewhat of a “creepy” feel to it sometimes so people got this impression of me as being sort of a dark and intense guy. Then I walk in there with a picture of Barnaby for my self portrait. My Professor summed it up best by saying “if you think you know what he’s going to do, you’re probably wrong.” I’ll let you know when I get the rest of my film scanned.
So, I've been thinking about the Barnaby story. That was kind of a heavy story to have just let you walk in to. So I'd like to make it up to you by sharing with you a lighter story I made my freshman year in college. I ended up making it into something resembling a cartoon using a really horrible film editing program. So without further ado, let me introduce you to Bob The Fish Who Couldn't Swim.
Canons are decent. Being a Nikon guy I will deny it if you tell anyone I said that! ; ) I started out with a Nikon N80 and so when the D80 came out it seemed like a natural transition for me. The D80 has been a good camera for me. The few Cannons I've played with were fairly good cameras. You probably couldn't go wrong with either one. Really, all you need to look for is 10+megapixels(for printing at 8x10), manual aperture and shutter controls, and the ability to shot in RAW. Once you have that promptly go out and shoot more night stuff! I'm jealous of all the pretty lights you have over there. All I have to work with are those sickly yellow street lamps. : (
Here's a little of my night stuff if you're interested. I might add them to the albums here on the Met later when I get around to scanning the rest of my negatives.
I think both film and digital are going to be expensive, the difference is in when you have to pay. With film it's a little now adds up in the long run. Digital is a lot now but much less to keep it up in the long run. Either way, especially if the night scapes you have in you album are yours, it's a tragedy that you don't have a camera. : (
What I'm trying find is a job that gives me the option of going back to school. Right now I'm trolling university job postings, if I can get a job on staff at a university in their admissions department or something. Usually after about a year you can get any tuition waved as part of an employee benefit which is how I was able to go school at all. I got a $170,000 education for free, well mostly. We'll see how it goes. I've been trying not to think so far ahead these days. I'm trying to get better about living in today and not worrying so much about tomorrow.
Cameras aren't that bad if you know what to look for and where. I just bought a rather solid medium format camera for $56(USD), while it's no Mamiya 645 AFD III it also wasn't $4,000. Film cameras are really affordable right now and developing your own film isn't nearly as hard as people think. Even digital has been coming down, well not that much but it's better than what it was.
hahahahaha, yes, its standout in the art category, not the music category for sure, although I bet most Americans will appreciate it as a clean pop song it on the first listen, as an example of a world scene were not really exposed to. And its not NEARLY as overplayed as "Fire".
It’s been my experience that when someone tells you they’re not interesting or very bright; they usually not giving themselves as much credit as they deserve. To be fair I’m a little envious of that fact that you seem to know what you want to do. A year after graduating and I’m still trying to figure it out. I’ve, ironically, been thinking about going back to school to learn about cg animation or trying for a masters degree in photography. Are you interested in film or digital camera? I might be able to help you find one.
Well, I was an EMT once so I had a good understanding of what was going on. I also have a heart defect I was born with so I came to terms with this kind of stuff much earlier than most people. In any case everyone’s doing fine now. I did warn you about falling in love with Barnaby. He’s got quite a story.
At the time I was a Bio major. Loved biology and science but it just didn’t work out. I was having a disproportionate amount of trouble keeping up. Turns out I have a learning disability. Despite having the highest IQ they had ever tested, somewhere between taking in information and committing it to memory, there is a clog in the pipes. So one day after a rather sobering talk with one of my Bio professors I fell back on a well developed Art minor. I graduated from Mercer University in 2009 with a BA in Art and a minor in photography. So, that’s my story.Your turn. :D