Posts Tagged ‘focus’


I take my hat off to all of the dedicated Wedding Photographers out there schlepping their gear and busting their butts to earn their bread. That is one job I would not want the stress of at all! I never promised perfect results, was doubtful I would get a good photograph, but gave it the good old college try anyway. I took three film cameras to my pal’s wedding, the Diana F+, a Polaroid Spectra, and my trusty Yashica A. I popped a roll of the new Kodak Portra film into the Yash and had lovely evening light and a Bride-to-Be surrounded by twins wearing the same outfit who volunteered to be bridesmaids!!! I can’t show you yet, but I had three cracker shots that turned out (even the happy couple hasn’t seen them yet, cause I have to rescan to eliminate the DUST).  Even though this is out of focus, I still love this photograph. I was sweating a bit as I was focusing because I had a man with a big ‘digital’ shooting over my shoulder as I gave directions for composition. Funny thing was, he thought I knew what I was doing…….I was just flying by the seat of my pants, err dress.

Obviously it is time for me to get some new glasses cause they don’t work for close up focusing! Maybe I should have grabbed an empty wine bottle (there were plenty) and peered down that!! Top of my list for next year……I am making a note.  (1) Visit optometrist very early in January.

I did manage to photograph the actual wedding entirely on expired Polaroid film with my Polaroid Spectra. You don’t realize how loud that sucker is until you are constantly shooting while a judge is doing his officiating. I encouraged fellow guests to hold developing polaroids and gave polite reminders not to shake them. I thought it was only in the 70’s and 80’s when you shook the photos as they were developing, that just shows the age group of the wedding party, doesn’t it?

Here is today’s lesson folks, don’t cheap out on your wedding photos, hire a PROfessional. FYI, I was NOT the official photographer, just a pal who saw some fun photo ops and was able to enjoy herself.


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My Eyes Are As Sticky As the Keys, originally uploaded by claygrl.

This photograph was shot using a Hawkeye Brownie camera with a flipped lens. Yes, I managed to wiggle my way into the guts of the camera, clean the lens, flip it and put everything back together in the proper order. Love that unpredictable blur. I am from a generation who remembers learning my keyboard skills on a typewriter OLDER than this! I also love the sound of those keys thunking away and then the lovely “ding’ of the carriage return. Unfortunately the keys have gummed themselves up, but never mind, one day will get around to fixing it up.

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