Some days you and the camera are one. Something closely approximating that in any case. It's hard to explain but when you're in that zone it's a lot of fun and kind of effortless. Other times the camera seems to way a million pounds and is enjoying your misery and inability to come up with anything substantive. I guess this is true of any creative process. This day was a good one and numerous images from this session pleased me. I also put one of my favorite manual lenses back on-Pentax Super Takumar 55 1.8 from the good old film days. This is in the IZhong area of Taichung which is one of the main areas for young people, fashionistas, and hipsters to congregate.
I know it's been a while since I've posted here, ranted in your ear, hopefully stimulated you through an image or some words and some music, etc. been busy with work which has been a lot of new product design for others and also for myself. Have a look at this on new IPhone grip system I'm getting ready to introduce. My photos are getting more and more experimental(or not). Basically I'm focusing more and more on shooting whatever impression I had at the moment. Less focused on what image or types of images will get likes or pluses on social media sites. Pretty liberating actually. It always fascinates me when I see scenes like this one happening in a more open space (flea market in this case). Maybe it's the puritan westerner in me or whatever. I dig it totally when this reality challenges what I find acceptable or correct. I mean culture is a filter after all. All of us have our conservation/reactionary thinking which we only become aware of when something happens out of our pre-conceived definition of normal.
One of the nice things about having your own site is that you can just rant and shout into the abyss with abandon. If passer's by want to join in-well that's great. If they want to shake their heads out of pity or disgust, well that's ok too. This was from a day where it was pissing down rain-I know you couldn't tell from the picture. 😛 I wear glasses so going out in the rain offers some inconveniences and challenges. My camera is weather-proofed so that is less of an issue. I have auto-focus lens on so I can hold umbrella in one hand and camera in the other. I did manage to keep most rain off of my glasses but not so much for the rest of me.
The photographer in me overcame the comfort loving sluggard in me and one the battle to go and take advantage of this weather and resulting photo opps-am I glad I did. Hail Mary pass yeah! This one fits my sardonic sense of humor well. Sponge Pants Bob is a little bit after my time but he's still in the far corner of my pop culture radar. The title from my day-The Place Mats (the Replacements to the rest of you)-Pleased to Meet Me
It was a great session of an early morning rain soaked world. Even got the stink eye from my wife coming home wet. LOL. No cartoon characters were injured during this process...
Been a while since I've posted something here. Well of course I've been posting on other sites. We all know that Facebook , Google and even that rich zombie of a company Yahoo-via Flickr all offer photo hosting with blogging functionality. So individual sites like this one tend to get a little neglected...awww-get out the violin […]
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