The light was gorgeous tonight as we tooled around Tiverton. We’d gone to dinner at a local seafood restaurant, courtesy of Restaurant.com’s hugely discounted gift certificates. There’s no way I would have felt comfortable spending that much money. The entire dinner, I was looking around and noticing how many white-haired people there were. We were the youngest folks in there, and I’m not counting Grace and Mary Ellen. Amazingly enough, they were really well-behaved. I was so pleased.
But after dinner we didn’t feel like going home again, so we drove around to see what could be seen — which is usually what we end up doing when we can’t think of anything else. I’m glad we did! I was able to get some really beautiful shots of the light on the water. I’ve been feeling a bit… uninspired when it comes to my photography lately, and the problem is, this is the worst time to feel that way! The foliage is starting to turn, and I know I’ll be able to get some gorgeous photos — if I can get my act together.
Last night I went to our local high school football game, held in supposedly the worst area in Rhode Island. My friend was joking that we should have been packing while at the game. It was a little unnerving to see security and police officers right there on the field. Nothing even remotely exciting happened, fortunately. Even the game was a little boring. We scored two touchdowns in the first two minutes of the game and ultimately won with a score of 36-16.
Because there came a point where I wasn’t really paying attention to the game, I struck up a conversation with the man next to me. He’d been wandering the sidelines with his big dSLR camera, and when I noticed it was a Nikon I began to drool a bit. Then he started telling me about the medium-format camera he has, and the darkroom in his home in which he can develop his own black and white photos. My drool became almost unmanageable at that point. He even let me play with his camera! It was seriously amazing — the viewfinder was at least twice the size of my own, which made composition so much easier.
I almost ran off with his camera!
It was so nice to talk to someone who understands photography and cameras, though. I probably talked his ear off with the equipment I have, and the stuff I’d like to one day acquire. At the end of the night, we exchanged information, and he sent me a kind email with some really encouraging words about my photos. I checked out his site, and let me tell you — he’s got some serious talent. I’m sure I can get plenty of inspiration poking around in his photo and seeing how he sees things.
Speaking of photography, have you seen THIS? This man set out to prove that the best camera is the one that’s with you — a philosophy that I subscribe to, and not just because I don’t have the biggest and best of cameras. It just galls me sometimes when people tell me, “Oh, of course you get good shots! Look at your camera!” Well, would you say to an author, “Of course your novels are bestsellers! You have such a nice computer!” or to an artist, “You paint so well because you have fancy paintbrushes!” No, you wouldn’t. A camera is only a tool. Ansel Adams had the simplest of cameras, yet look at his amazing photos. It’s all about being able to see in your mind’s eye what you want to capture in a frame. Some folks have it, some don’t. And a camera won’t make someone a great photographer.
It does help, however. I would really love to upgrade my camera just to make it easier to play with my settings, plus not being limited to certain lenses would be nice. Maybe one day…. maybe if I win the lottery…