Wednesday, August 23, 2006

“Wherever you go … go with all your heart.”

My daughter Jordan provides us with quotes she gathers from a variety of sources. Posted up on the refrigerator, I see them daily as I gather items I need – or in some cases definitely don’t need – from the cold box. As I was getting water for coffee at o’dark thirty this morning, this particular quote jumped right out at me. I mean that literally. It really jumped off the ‘fridge as I opened the door. It’s appropriate for a number of reasons.

It certainly applies to my photography, and the truth is, I struggle with that aspect and my image making on a regular basis. But beyond that, it applies to the changes that are taking place in the household.

Jordan turned 16 over the weekend and she obtained her drivers license this morning. Looking through a group of images over the weekend I saw this image and I realized that the changes in the home would soon be profound and that little jaunts, like this one to the beach, would soon be a thing of the past.

Freedom. Independence. Responsibility. All the things that come with turning 16 and obtaining a license. She’ll no longer need her mother or me to provide transportation to an activity that she would like to participate in. Chains to the “parental units” will no longer exist and the ability to interact with her friends will drastically and immediately increase. The world opens up whether she realizes it or not.

On the one hand it’s satisfying to have brought her up in a way where she is responsible enough to control a 2000 pound vehicle traveling at 65 miles per hour. On the other hand, it’s discomforting to watch her grow as a person knowing she will soon leave us behind and make a life of her own.

All this to do over a kid getting a license. There must have been several thousand that did it today in our county alone. But they weren’t my daughter and their license didn’t change my world. Hers did just like she did the day she came into my life.

By the way, I don't know who to attribute the quote too. For that I apologize.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Eddie Ginez

My friend Eddie stopped by this weekend and since he needed a few more headshots we took some time Sunday morning to get them done. These are some of my favorites although I don’t know if they are his since he hasn’t seen them yet.

It’s near impossible to take a bad photo of Eddie and he is finding more interest in the modeling industry for his look. It also gave me a chance to experiment with some basic lighting and keep the look more natural, for lack of a better term.

I actually thought about breaking out the lights but didn’t because of the the hassle. While digital makes things more timely, it doesn’t necessarily keep things easy and lighting in a small space is challenging and a royal PIA. That said, I should have brought out the lights and then the Littman. Laziness, in all honesty, got the better of me. But we did talk about a future shoot that would be much more thought out and involved. We’ll see what happens there and I promise to bring out the Littman for that set of images.

Speaking of the Littman; I was recently asked to comment on a forum about the camera and my experiences with it. By the time I had gotten to the site to post a comment, the topic had generated enough vitriol that I chose not to participate.

I used to spend a ton of time on the forums in the early days of my transition to digital. At first, I was looking for tips on how to scan and print the film I was shooting. Later, I was looking into the forums for ideas on the cameras that I wanted to possibly purchase. Today, the photo “nuts,” and I use that term instead of something more inflammatory, have taken over the forums with opinions that seem to have no room for any other form of thought. Such was the case with the topic about the Littman camera.

It certainly is an expensive camera and there are definitely other options available to folks who wish to get into hand held large format. But the disparaging remarks made about the camera, from people who have never seen one, much less used one, gave me pause on why I even look at the forums today. While there is useful information provided on forums on occasion, I find that sifting through the chafe has become increasingly more and more difficult.

Why the rant? I honestly don’t know. I guess because I can and like the forums, this blog allows me to air out my views and see where they go. Everyone has an opinion, and like a certain part of our anatomy, they all stink. Get off the forums and go out and shoot something. Have a conversation with a real person (I’ll write more about that later) and if you have to offer an opinion on a forum please realize that there is more than one way to do something and it’s unlikely that your way is original or the only way to accomplish the task.