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Weekly Tweets for 2009-05-31

  • Back on the road, heading to SC… Had a great weekend, saw lots of people I hadn’t seen in a long time. Good times, good times… #
  • The Law is working overtime in TN, handing out tickets with both hands today. Everyone is subject to their attentions, not just big trucks. #
  • Driving under the Smokies (1 of 2) http://twitpic.com/5y392 #
  • Driving under the Smokies (2 of 2) http://twitpic.com/5y3hz #
  • @jinime Awesome synonyms: tubular, gnarly, bitchin’, sweeeeet, zomg. And of course, greeblie… ;) in reply to jinime #
  • RT @isfullofcrap: If I want to see rednecks drive in circles for 500 miles, I’ll go to a sale at a Wal Mart with a really small parking lot. in reply to isfullofcrap #
  • Feeding the ducks at a TS in SC… Then they went under my truck to hang out for a while. NOTE TO SELF: Check under truck before leaving. #
  • Truckstop Ducks – (trying to post pics, but apparently Twitpic is fubar) #
  • Southbound thru the liquid sunshine. http://twitpic.com/601rk #
  • Hiding out for the night behind a WallyWorld, picking up my freight in th am. Got some shopping done, now I can eat! #foodisnice #
  • I just farted so bad it drove me out of my truck and close to the exhaust stack, where I could get some fresh air. TMI, yeah sure… #
  • Reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. But I’m slowly slipping into timewarps and have been rereading a lot… Time for bed, I think… #
  • Passing thru “makin jawjuh” on my way to Texas. Unrelated: Is anyone else creeped out by my avatar? The peanut M&M in my nostril too much? #
  • @Kalli us motherfuckin amurrikun done ruint everthing, huh… ;) in reply to Kalli #
  • @deadvoter Piercing? Not a bad idea! Well, except maybe for the blocked sinus and the inevitable decomposition. Oh, and the blue dye ring ;) in reply to deadvoter #
  • @melissakeyes So far popular consensus is not good. I’ll have to change it soon. I wonder if its lost me any followers? That’d be kewl! #
  • @Kalli LOL! Imagine, if you will, the world DID revolve around the US. Then people in Australia would be flung off into space! ;) in reply to Kalli #
  • @melissakeyes Yes, I’ll have to be subtle with next pic… I know just the one! hee hee! in reply to melissakeyes #
  • RT @verwon: You have got 2 be kidding, why would you post this pic as your avatar? Not going to watch that popup in my stream all the time! #
  • RT @Sternenfee: “if you want me to follow you back, introduce yourself, make yous presence known.” I’m the one snorting M&Ms in reply to Sternenfee #

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Photography Is About the EYE!

Mike at The Online Photographer had a great idea for sharpening a photographers ability (or maybe even helping with photographer’s block), take a manual film camera (a Leica, for instance) and shoot only black and white for a year. I assume this was an exercise in seeing the light, not just the color and learning exposure values the same way most people type, without thinking about it.

Like I said, great idea but it was quickly consumed in a “why a Leica?” war that completely got off the point of the exercise. I’m pretty sure he meant to simplify and shoot, shoot, shoot and practice makes perfect, etc. Later, the exhausted Mike came up with variations on a theme post that outlined ways to achieve the same thing with different equipment, film, etc.

I’m by no means a professional photographer, as a matter of fact I consider myself a rank amatuer at this stuff. But I think someone lost the whole point of photography, “ITS NOT THE EQUIPMENT, ITS THE EYE” that makes a great photograph. Ask Ken Rockwell, if you don’t believe me. I’ve seem people make great pictures with ancient cameras and light leaking pieces of… plastic. And I’ve seen uninspiring pictures taken with multi thousand dollar rigs.

Shot On Film, New Pics

The pictures in the set were all shot on film with my trusty Canon EOS 630 and various films including Fuji Reala, Kodak BW400CN and Ilford XP2.

I enjoy using this camera. I got it for $19 on EBay and once I cleaned up the shutter, it’s done very well. I use a Canon 28-200 zoom and a Tamron 19-35 zoom. My biggest problem has been getting decent scans from the few outfits out there who still develop film. Target has done the best job so far, but I’ve recently discovered that out good old public library has a scanner that will do film, both 35mm negative, slides and 120 format negatives. I’ll be trying it out next time I’m home.