Have you ever found yourself with your camera in your hands and taking pictures of stupid things just to see what the camera will do and because you’re otherwise bored?  I’d guess we all have.  Sometimes fiddling around doing fun and nonsensical things can be both entertaining and fun!

 

The image above was taken at a dinner party recently and was simply a very dirty and cluttered table with a few glasses and candles.  I had the point and shoot out taking pictures of friends having a great time, when I saw this scene and decided to just go ahead and snap it to see how it would turn out.  To my eyes it’s colorful and a bit interesting.  I turned off the automatic flash and was curious how steady I could hold the camera in near darkness.

 

The image above was taken at a dinner party recently and was simply a very dirty and cluttered table with a few glasses and candles.  I had the point and shoot out taking pictures of friends having a great time, when I saw this scene and decided to just go ahead and snap it to see how it would turn out.  To my eyes it’s colorful and a bit interesting.  I turned off the automatic flash and was curious how steady I could hold the camera in near darkness.

 

Several years ago in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I was dead tired after a long day at Angkor and laying on my bed staring at the bucket of ice I’d ordered.  I was too tired to actually put the ice in a glass and enjoy it, so I picked up my DSLR with the 85mm F1.2 lens attached which was within reach and decided to try making an interesting composition instead.

 

Several years ago in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I was dead tired after a long day at Angkor and laying on my bed staring at the bucket of ice I’d ordered.  I was too tired to actually put the ice in a glass and enjoy it, so I picked up my DSLR with the 85mm F1.2 lens attached which was within reach and decided to try making an interesting composition instead.

 

Last week while at a party we were fortunate enough to have a classical guitarist as entertainment.  He was sitting in total darkness playing softly while all the guests were chatting so I handed my point and shoot to a friend and asked if she’d mind taking a picture of him.  I was curious how a point and shoot on fully automatic everything would perform in total darkness.  Would the flash be too bright and blow out the highlights, would the flash be powerful enough, would it focus in the darkness, and so on.  I could have guessed and I did, but the quality of the image considering the conditions surprised me.

 

Last week while at a party we were fortunate enough to have a classical guitarist as entertainment.  He was sitting in total darkness playing softly while all the guests were chatting so I handed my point and shoot to a friend and asked if she’d mind taking a picture of him.  I was curious how a point and shoot on fully automatic everything would perform in total darkness.  Would the flash be too bright and blow out the highlights, would the flash be powerful enough, would it focus in the darkness, and so on.  I could have guessed and I did, but the quality of the image considering the conditions surprised me.

 

Three years ago at a night market I had my Canon 5d and 24-105mm zoom lens attached and I was sitting there and just got plain bored.  I picked it up, held down the shutter, and tried dragging the lights in the scene around the frame.  This was a one second exposure and I’ve since sold over ten of these.  Do you know who buys them?  So far dentist offices!  They make the print big, frame it, and stick it on the wall so those in mind numbing pain can be distracted. They always sell in sets of three like images.  I’m not sure that’s a testament to my skills, but it is a sale!

 

Three years ago at a night market I had my Canon 5d and 24-105mm zoom lens attached and I was sitting there and just got plain bored.  I picked it up, held down the shutter, and tried dragging the lights in the scene around the frame.  This was a one second exposure and I’ve since sold over ten of these.  Do you know who buys them?  So far dentist offices!  They make the print big, frame it, and stick it on the wall so those in mind numbing pain can be distracted. They always sell in sets of three like images.  I’m not sure that’s a testament to my skills, but it is a sale!

Until next time..