Love The creative Gnome
Capturing Magic Through The Lens and twisted through software
In High School over 50 years ago I discovered 35mm photography while writing a report. I wrote all the major brands at the time; Nikon, Yashica, Rokor, Leica but Minolta was amazing. They sent me tons and tons of literature include a book about Rokor Lends. I was astounded by the manufacturing of the lenses. They melted huge crucibles of glass and then smashed them
Workers in all white suits picked through the glass selecting only the best clearest pieces which were in turn remelted in smaller crucibles. This process repeated until they were left with hundreds of small optically perfect glass ingots which were shaped and polished into Minolta Rokor lenses.
Later in the early 1970s I enlisted in the Navy and served in Japan. There I was finally able to purchase a Minolta SRT 100 and shortly after a Minolta SRT Super. I learned to develop my own film and prints, dark room tricks dodging, sandwiching and painting negatives for affect. I still have the Minolta SRT Super.
In the 1990s my best friend Pat gifted me a Canon Powershot 600, my first digital camera. This opened a whole new world, one with a cost. My beloved SLRs and TL cameras were relinquished to the back of the closet.
The most powerful aspect of digital photography isn’t just the camera and lens, and there are some amazing pieces out there, its what you can do with the shots afterward.
Software lets you make good shots beautiful, make beautiful shots amazing. It let’s you render the mundane into a an amazing piece of art or an ludicrous amusement.