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26 July 2013

Big wheel

Ferris wheel
Costa Mesa, California
25 July 2013

People who take photos have so many options for fiddling with them these days. I took this with Hipstamatic (potluck. I just shook the phone and shot with whatever options came up. That makes the process slightly more organic--luck of the draw--than choosing a "film" and a "lens." But not really). Looking at the photos that had been entered in the fair's competition, I felt a sense of exhaustion. So many bore evidence of endless Photoshopping--supersaturated colors, various effects--that none of them felt special. Sure, old school was shooting with certain films to get certain effects, cropping in the darkroom if the composition was less than perfect, but you were limited by your materials, your equipment and your expertise. Not so much any more. I haven't decided if that's good or bad.

I'm not sure if I'd go back to shooting with film if the opportunity presented itself. I came across an old manual 35mm yesterday, a not particularly good camera, and didn't even seriously think about using it. I learned how to use Photoshop back when the third or fourth iteration came out, years ago, and I've never really looked back. Mostly, I use it for fixes, for watermarking, for obliterating faces when the need arises for the blog.

But looking at so many of those photos yesterday...I was surprised at how much so many of them bored me.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4, using Hipstamatic. For the record, I'm not saying my own photos are anything special, though I do get off a good shot on occasion.

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