Thursday, March 24, 2011

Five Photos (VI)

I've kept pretty consistent with picking out and posting here about 5 photos per month. This past month I'd been keeping an eye on what I was posting to Flickr. Most stuff looked alright, but I was waiting to try and snag something that really popped.

Of course, perfect = enemy of good enough, etc., and now here I am up against my own arbitrary deadline of posting at least once a month.

So here are the 1st 5 that jumped out at me, in no particular order:

My Grandfather's Leica
My Grandfather's Leica

When I was a kid, I paid next to no attention to the cameras that my parents or relatives carried around. It was probably as much a fact of life to me, as point-and-shoots and digital SLRs appear to kids nowadays. While I was home, I remembered, and asked my mom about these old cameras (because now I'm really interested). The above camera is a Leica that belonged to my grandfather, Dr. Patrocinio Angeles.

I have a weird thing in which I dread anything bad happening to nice things (be it cameras, childhood toys, whatever), so I left these cameras all back with my parents. Maybe someday I'll get a cheap Holga for fun; that will probably be the extent of my film experimentation.

My mom's Olympus SLR
My mom's Olympus SLR

When my brother, sister and I were kids, this was the camera that either my mom or dad always had around. I looked through the viewfinder, and got a real kick out of the focusing screen. It's the sort in which you have to line up the center of the image- if it's out of focus, it will be blurry or grainy in the center. When it's in focus, it's aligned and clear. It makes the viewfinders on digital SLRs (at least, the Canons that I'm familiar with) seem a bit silly, in that I really have to squint into those to get a good sense of focus.

I also find interesting how small, or at least thin, these film SLRs are. I think they'd probably look small even next to something like a Rebel.

Stella in Black and White
Stella in Black and White

Looking over the photos I've taken over the past year, I realize that I take a lot of pictures of beer. Since I had a good handful of them, I compiled them into a flickr set.

I'm not sure why, I guess it's because cold glasses or bottles of beer tend to look very refreshing. And in a bar setting, they may wind up under a single downlight, like this one, or catch reflections of the other light bouncing around a bar, neon or otherwise.

Regional Rail Platform
Regional Rail Platform

I should probably also create a flickr set entitled "people waiting for trains between Philadelphia and New York City."

Until recently, I hadn't taken quite full stock of the fact that, because the S90's lens has a variable aperture, in order to be able use a high shutter speed and low ISO, I'm most often shooting at the equivalent of 28mm. This is kind of funny to me, because in SLR world this would be considered shooting with a wide-angle lens. So if I ever upgrade and start with something around a 50mm equivalent, it will definitely take some getting used to.

Couple by City Hall
Couple by City Hall

I grabbed this shot from inside a moving car. As with all of these photos, I processed this one through Apple Aperture. However, one thing that I most certainly did not add in post is the sort of translucent effect evident on the man and the woman. I assume this is a function of the car's movement, and then maybe something about how the sensor works.

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For more recent photos, check out my flickr stream.