Of course, there are photographers that take different images in different genres, but this week, I’ve realised that many of us can be divided into two different types of photographers, the technical ones and the non-technical ones. I am pretty sure I fall into the second category.
I met a woman while I was down in Geelong and she was into photography, has done photography all over the world and when we talked, she talked about technical aspects of photography. She talked about her zoom lens and what they really were compared with her camera, she talked about the Calvin temperature scale for taking photos. I understood most of what she was saying, but it has occurred to me, that I am a lot more ad-hoc when it comes to taking photos.
I know a lot of the technical stuff, you can’t really do photography without knowing some, but I enjoy more the element of surprise, of trying something weird and wonderful and hoping I will get the weird and wonderful. I love it when I go out to take some photos and what I end up with is nothing like what I expected and it so much better. Look at the following image.
I took this image in about 1997 or 1998. I scanned the negative, which accounts for the graininess of the image. I went out one morning in winter, I believe. We, my friend Sandra and I, arrived at St Kilda at about 6am and it was raining. I thought, well that’s it, but instead we went to find coffee and waited a while. We came back at 6.30, and while not raining anymore, it was still very wet. It was also still very dark.
I decided that I had to take some photos, so I set up the tripod and took a heap of images. I had no idea what I was going to get, but when I picked up the images from the lab, I was presented with some of the most amazing photos. I had no idea that I would end up with something like the above. I was so happy. I always remember going to pick up those photos.
So when I go out to take photos, I just have a go. I sometimes plan, like I will try the neutral density filter, but I don’t get too technical about it. Perhaps that is the artist coming out in me, letting things develop on their own.
I do like playing on the computer with the images as well. I had a play with the above image.
So what type of photographer do you think you are?