Archive for September, 2012

I’ve written previously about my lack of comfort with my digital camera, but up until now I still hadn’t figured out the reason why. The easy excuse was that I am too old (which couldn’t be true considering the photos I see other people my age taking), but I knew that was a cop-out reason. After taking photos for last week’s SUNDAY POST and having 90% of them come out blurry, I had a “DUH” moment. The difference between my old manual camera and the new digital one was so incredibly OBVIOUS: there is no viewfinder on my digital camera!

My husband bought our Kodak EasyShare C143 to take on a business trip overseas; it is small, light, and has 12 Megapixels. It is easy to upload the photos, and we got it for a great price. As for taking the photos, it is quick and easy — point and shoot. However, you shoot the photo based on what you see on the screen on the back of the camera. Not holding the camera against my face means I lose stability; I don’t have the same bedrock for keeping the camera still. Also, I don’t see well at times; I wear progressive lenses, and there seems to be a “no man’s land” distance where I don’t see perfectly out of the bottom or the top of my lenses. I don’t think I hold the camera at a consistent distance because of this. Depending on the position of the sun, I sometimes can’t see the screen at all.

I have read the reviews for the camera; a lot of reviewers say it is a great camera for older people because of its simplicity. The more I consider this, the more I theorize that perhaps that very simplicity causes me to not take enough time with my shots. It is necessary to push the shutter button down halfway before taking the picture so the camera can focus; sometimes I think I forget to do that.

Does this sound like a litany of excuses for me not taking good photos? Maybe…but maybe it is just the wrong camera for ME. Someone with steady hands and good vision could do fine with it without much effort. With a manual camera I am forced to take my time and THINK about the shot. For me, complicated might be better!

A digital camera that is more like my old manual might be a plan for the future, but I can’t afford a different camera right now. For right now, all this excuse-making just has to lead to more “mindful” picture-taking!

Anyone else have any suggestions/theories??

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There’s a lot of room for creativity in Jake’s topic this week. The word reflection is not only about a physical refraction of light, it can be about a state of mind or an activity of mind — noun or verb, or it can be about interpretation of reality — literal or distorted.

A reflection seen in something flat and still can seem to be a perfect reproduction of reality, perfectly symmetrical like two halves of one whole. They are specula reflections, as Jake explains, in which light from a single incoming direction is reflected into a single outgoing direction. Examples are reflections in mirrors or still water, which are very beautiful to me in a peaceful, orderly, or comforting way. (I don’t have any handy to post here, however.) So here’s a simple mirror…

But distorted images reflected in objects that are not flat, but spherical have always interested me. They seem to create their own works of art. These types of images can make reality unrecognizable and draw their perceiver into another world.

I decided to walk around my house and see what kind of reflections I would see.  The first one is fairly straightforward but still twists reality: the black glass door on my refrigerator reflects the kitchen window.

The second photo shows the living room reflected in a brass wall sconce.

It’s surprising how many reflections there may be in your own home, other than mirrors.

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