As I learn more about photography, I'm thinking that's it's not always the camera that makes the shot. Case in point: I took my camera out last Monday for a walk around the nature preserve by my house (along the old Erie Canal) to work on my photographer's eye and try to get a few good shots. I ended up deleting most of them. This was probably my best attempt:
Not so good. It was the middle of the day, so the light wasn't really stellar, and to tell you the truth, the scenery was a little boring (would have been a good place for some xc skiing, though). Contrast that with this picture (another find from my old closet) I took when I was in New Zealand for a semester in college:
That picture was taken with an old, cheap, 35mm camera, developed as a 3x5 and then scanned in to my computer at one of the lowest settings. And it has a date burned into upper right corner! And it still looks a million times more artistic, creative, and lively than that drab picture from the Nature Preserve. I guess there's only one solution: go back to New Zealand.
All hope is not lost, though. If it takes me a while to get the hang of photography, I can always fall back on video. I thought the video feature of my new camera was kind of a nice bonus, but not really of much use for serious film. I was seriously mistaken. Here's a video shot entirely with my camera (the Pentax k-x):
Scion Snow Tour 2011 Roundtop Rail Jam from Manhouse Media on Vimeo.
Weather might be a little sketchy this weekend (thaw/freeze/thaw/freeze/wind), but I'll be skiing both days. Maybe I'll see you at the mountain.