I am giddy like a little girl. Seriously. I mean this is ski season, a Pawn Star premiere, Alexander Skarsgaard and Mint Milano cookies all rolled into one. Yes friends, I have two new cameras. I love just writing that.
Coming into possession of the first one came with relatively little fanfare. My trusty Canon D10 faded away like an old warrior. Actually I banged it on the side of a ski lift and after that it was never the same. That and about 100 other things I did to it. So I purchased an extra tough Olympus mini, thinking that it was going to just serve as my underwater and everyday camera. Little did I know it was so much more.
I got bored one day and started pressing all the buttons on it. I discovered that it has 10 different “magic” settings. That is what they are called. “Magic.” I thought “oh, this is going to be like that Instagram scourge that is gripping society at large” but these effects turned out to be really cool. And gave me a lot of new things to learn. There is fish eye, dramatic and miniaturize. Miniaturize is also known as tilt shift. A tilt shift lens currently costs $2000. Yeah, using a digital effect is cheating, but I have ALWAYS wanted to do tilt shift. It was like a dream. Like this dream I would probably next get because of the cost of the thing.
Well, digital to the rescue and I got to do some tilt shifting. Like the fish eye, I will need a bit of practice with this before it is perfect, but who cares? I get to play with camera endlessly and take lots of new photos. The best part is that I get to re-shoot places I have been before with the new effects.
First up, the Museum of Fine Arts, where I go monthly. No, not boring, but I had thought that I had exhausted all the photographic opportunities that place had available. I was wrong. A little tilt shift with your evening sherry? Here you go:
And of course, Downtown Crossing. What else was I going to photograph?:
And my good buddies, the samurai:
This is just the beginning. My love affair with the tilt shift has just started.