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Monday, December 31, 2012

Fw: The Camera you have (from Paul Calkins -Photog)

Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:11:55 -0800 (PST)
To: Ken McCoy<>
Subject: The Camera you have

Some thoughts on the photographic arts...

Photographic Thoughts

Volume I

December 31, 2012


The Camera you have


By Paul Calkins © 2102


You are driving along on News Years Eve, suddenly you notice the high Sierra mountain range with snow blazing, a beautiful backdrop to the City of Fresno.  Fresno, California sits in the almost exact center of the state. The city is the agricultural capital of the San Joaquin Valley.  This land feature is located geographically between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Coast range; it has the distinction as the most polluted air basins in the world.  Recent winter storms cleared the smog to reveal magnificent views. 


Wow!  I was motivated to capture this spectacular photographic moment.  I wanted my full frame camera with telephoto lens.  I reached into my camera bag; all I had was my old digital Canon SLR Rebel with an 18-55 mm lens.   It was great execution with poor results.  The image was the best for the conditions and instrument at hand.   Unfortunately I could not capture the distant mountains with snow.  You can only make out the faint outline of the mighty Sierra; the rest is overwhelmed by a common street scene.


This reminded me that some of the most historic, and vivid photographs during our times have been taken by people with disposable cardboard box cameras, cell phones, and every manner of point and shoot camera.  Photography in addition to the technical aspects is also dependent on light, location, time and circumstance.  You could be walking along and see some event close at hand that would make headlines around the world, you take out your cell phone and make a snap shot.  Upload this photograph to a news agency, and you could possibly be famous and rich! 


I will wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.