13 May 2013
Part I: Macro Photography
Part II: Using Camera +
Let me know which you prefer and why.
As I compose this post, I am thinking about a short, simple, and mostly, poetic sentence that I wish I had written: “I want to be a word” from Anna Moschovakis’s “Untitled” (Click here for the full text). The poem is worth more than a glance or two.
In 2011 I read those six words that: stopped my breath, soaked my heart, pumped adrenalin through mind, and forced a long pause to salute their brilliance.
Most days I want to be freedom or creativity or soulful or peaceful. Or a word conjuring ambling or rushing or slowing through time.
Right now I want to be macro, which is fitting for the iPhoneography Challenge. Why, you might ask?
Over the last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with my iPhone to achieve better close-up photographs–photographs that unveil the unseen front and center. And not just revealed, but rendered in a way that changes our perception, our notion of what the images are and can be.
I shoot, shoot, shoot: pull into the image and tighten the framing. I read about others’ experiences, and view scores of photographs.
Inspiration can come from ordinary moments and mundane objects. When the everyday becomes large-scale, it is redefined, reoriented and re-imagined. Meaning is twisted. The mind is fooled.
Often macro flatters our attention, and makes us notice some essence that eluded our visual capabilities. For me this play with large vs. small will continue as long as I hold a camera.
While I might be “macro” for a part of today or tomorrow, I also will be many, many other words. Words willing to hitchhike onto my day’s journey.
In the Lens section are three images for this challenge. The first is a “spent” dandelion getting ready to cast its seeds. The second is a handful of upholstery nails whose enlargement floated across my lens almost mimicking metal umbrellas. The third shows medium-size safety pins that seem ready to hold together very big objects.
Tip of the Week: A recent conversation with a dear friend spurred me to delve a bit deeper into Camera +. Since I hadn’t found the joy, I decided to give it another chance. During my “macro” journey this week, I read about a few features in Camera + that just might push me to use it more. iPhones have trouble focusing on close-ups. Also using indirect lighting will reduce shadows and avoid overexposure in a macro shot. Camera + has Touch Focus and Touch Exposure. Each boosts the chance for a better close-up image. Add the use of natural light (best to avoid flash in close-ups), and the stabilizer shooting mode (to avoid camera shake) that is also available in Camera + and the image is much clearer. Check out the results in Part II of the Lens section. Right now you can get the app for 99 cents. Click here to go into iTunes and read about it.
Click to view other entries to the challenge:
Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. The following is a reminder of the weekly schedule and themes for upcoming challenges.
1st Monday: Nature
2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black-and-White
4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).