About this time of year I start thinking of where I am going and where I have come from with my photography. It's an interesting trip that brings me back quite a ways. My son Andy visited us this past week leaving on Monday but we had some great conversation. Portland Oregon time of course 3 AM. One of the things we talked about was where technology has taken us and how it has improved things for us but also how it has messed us all up. Here is a quote from Albert Einstein:
"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
So even though I sit here at a computer typing this which will eventually go out on the web I still wish we were a bit less advanced. As I have said before even though more photographs are being taken by many more people and mostly by the camera in their phone they really have no idea what they are doing besides stopping the action in the vertical format. If more people would study the photographic process, the way the image is made, they would appreciate it more. Most people don't appreciate the images they make because they are saved on their phone or dumped onto their computer never to be seen again. My congrats to those of you who have made a print or two or put your memories in an on-demand book.
For a couple of years now I have been using a digital Leica M camera because it allows me to think about what I am doing. I focus myself and really pay attention to my exposure because to me that is important. Framing the image is second nature to me now after almost 40 years behind the lens. But the art of focusing and exposure are key elements that most certainly should be well thought out. In today's world these elements are the furthest things from people's mind. The most important thing is the cute selfie face! Ugggh!
So the next time I have mommy or daddy with a camera ask me at a sports event what I have the camera set on my reply will be:
I set my camera on "M" for Master, I'm way past "P" for professional! The rest is up to you figure it out.
So that's my New Year message! Put the dam phone down and pick up a camera, focus it yourself and determine what the exposure is by using the Master Mode! M
Vines in Fresh Snow, Halibut Pt. State ParkAfter a fresh snowfall I went out to Halibut Pt. State Park in Rockport to see some incredible snow covering everything. It was an experience that I won't forget.