What happened to keeping things simple? It got lost somewhere along the way.
Grab some film and grab a camera. Set out on foot, point the camera and click the shutter when you see something interesting.
Well, of course with some cameras you have a couple settings before taking the picture. Aperture, shutter speed, focusing. If it has a meter and a flash there is the concern about batteries. I don’t leave batteries in the camera when they are sitting on the shelf. They can leak and make a mess. You end up having to clean out corrosion with cotton swabs and vinegar. So it’s film, camera and battery check. What about taking along the sticks? Well, sure, the small tripod fits in the backpack. And there is room for an extra lens, a small point and shoot backup camera, a water bottle, a snack, a light sweater in case the weather changes, it’s kind of sunny so take the sunscreen, a small notebook and pen,…wait,…wait, wait. This has turned into a major expedition. Now I know why the smart phone has taken the place of film cameras, digital cameras, video cameras, Gameboys, MP3 players, tape recorders, road maps, and on and on. Well, of course it always seems to need a charge to the battery. And I am working more to pay for the data plan and additional apps loaded on it. Then there is the storage and uploading of the digital media it creates. And the smart phone is a robot. I mean mine is known as Android. And I often wonder who is it’s master. It’s suppose to be me but somehow the Android has me in a two year contract. And I always seem to be talking to it or into it. And I poke, push and swipe at it.
I see it there plugged into the wall. You don’t control me Android. Yes, I am taking you with me for this photo outing but I am turning off your GPS feature. And I will turn off your bells and ringers. And I will keep the photos simple. Black and white, deserted streets, and an almost cloudless sky. Simple enough for me, for now.
written by grifflander on 2012-09-23