Photographer Silliness – Who the Hell Cares What Kind of Camera, Lens, Tripod You Used?

Someone once asked Ansel Adams what equipment he used to make his marvelous photographs and he replied, “A camera was faithfully used.” (photo at left, Ansel greeting us at his home in Carmel in May, 1968) I’ve been guilty in the past of techno garbage data accompanying photos in some of my books because my publishers insisted that people wanted to know what camera, lens, f-stop, etc. was used. I relented and included the data in some of my early books, but it was mostly made up! In the early days before digital, who the hell remembered what lens or f-stop or even camera (I had several) was used? And who cared? Today, however, it has gone to extremes. Not only is the camera and lens and f-stop given, but also the tripod and tripod head. Good Grief! What silliness! When it comes to judging photographs, it’s the content, stupid! But maybe I’m being unfair. And maybe I should follow suit, only I’m going to be much more complete in the information. So here’s the tech data for a recent picture:Camera: Kodak Instamatic model 2Film: Wal-Mart brand el cheapo, ISO 200 (sort of, depends on the day of the week)F-stop: f/11.23251Shutter speed: 1/125 second (approximately, it varies with temperature and phase of the moon)Tripod: Wobbly model 543678923 set at height of exactly 4′ 8.27765″Tripod head: Grabber model 879965432100989076Underwear: Haines, briefs (NOT boxer) color blueSocks: Target sport socks, gray, 10 for $1Shoes: LA Gear running shoes with traction tread, chewing gum courtesy of Safeway parking lotPants: Levis, traditional fit, boot cut, broken zipper, fly held shut by safety pinCoffee: Safeway...

No Cookout Tonight

Yup, typical Evergreen summer/fall. Only two seasons here – last winter and this winter. Now where’d I put that %$#@*&% snow...

Cover For My New Digital Photography Book

Publication is scheduled for next Spring – Voyageur Press (they published my best-selling The Art of Outdoor Photography)http://bit.ly/2x74p (To pre-order)http://bit.ly/16dtfn (The Art of Outdoor...

No, No – It’s Photography Workshop, not Pornography Workshop

Barb sent an email about our April 2010 Galapagos Photo Workshop/tour to a friend of our daughter’s in the UK. The company email blocked it because of “profanity” and “pornography.” Turns out the objectionable word here was “boobies” – as in blue-footed boobies (pictured here). Ain’t technology grand? For anyone interested in our pornography – oops, meant photography – tour of Galapagos, information here: http://bit.ly/x0nho. We can promise lots of...

Galapagos 2010

We still have some spaces available on our 2010 Galapagos photo tour, April 23 – May 3. Limited to 10 participants. A few happy snaps from our April 2009 trip, including some new postings of the eruption of Fernandina Volcano. More information on the trip at:...

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