Since sometime around last May, this blog has been sidetracked from directionless visual meanderings to a very lengthy re-viewing of pictures I made during a month-long trip in Europe in the fall of 2011, when the Lady and I began in Paris and spent a week in Prague, a week in Venice, and more than a week in Florence. Then back to Paris. About a month, in all.

At that time, I was using a Pentax K-5 APS-C digital camera with the same little 21mm 'pancake' lens that I had used for several years [see http://originalrefrigeratorart.blogspot.com]. Nothing too fancy. (Still using the same lens, but with newer bodies now: K-3, K-1, K-70.)

My usual practice—in addition to always having the camera with me—is to make a single exposure of whatever attracts me, and then move on. In other words, I don't spend time consciously deliberating, or taking multiple exposures of anything. The time for thought comes much later.

Days, weeks, or even years later…I can do as I am doing now, and reliving these past moments anew.

I should add that an essential element in what I do now takes place in the computer's virtual darkroom. An added benefit for me has been that, in the eight year since these pictures were made, the technology has advanced significantly, as have my skills. All hail the algorithms.

So, there, you are now up-to-date, and I can return to making the old new.

1 comment:

Miguel Tejada-Flores said...

Part of my reason for returning to shooting with Pentaxes, some years ago - and to purchasing a DA 21 mm lens for the handful of Pentax DSLR's I have since owned, was looking at your photographs from 113 Reykjavik - and subsequently those in Original Refrigerator Art - and realizing, in my own weird process of inner osmosis, that I needed a lens like that myself. The Pentaxes came naturally, probably influenced by many years of shooting with different Pentaxes back in the ancient (good ole') analog days, and liking them.

It (that little pancake Pentax piece of glass) is a fine lens. But as they say, it's only as good - or bad - as the eye of the photographer in question though....ain't it always so.

The algorithms sound fascinating however....I may have to give them a look-see.