Yeah, I know, three posts in a single week. Unhonking believable. I'm almost back to my old rate. *S* So, er, just so you know, don't hold your breath. Sorry.
Mona posted a nice one for Friday--Honk. She and her ubergeek coworkers have been using it in place of more common cursewords like damn and hell and Republican. And now it's the Poetry Friday Challenge word.
You know, my first intention was to drive off the last few readers I have with another train post, as it's a pretty easy connection to go from honk to trains and the pattern with which they have to announce their presence at a crossing (never knew they had a regulation about THAT, didja?) but no. I'm gonna talk about honking up photography.
I started into photography like most people, I'm sure. When I was a kid my folks bought me a Kodak 110 point and shoot for Xmas one year. It was the size and shape of a starter from a '94 Ford Taurus, took one of those strangely shaped plastic film cartridges and produced...well, photos of a sort. Images on paper. *shrug* I used the honk out of that little camera, then women and school and other things got into my head, and it got put aside. But humble as it was, it was my start.
I think I always owned some sort of cheap 35mm point and shoot or other but never got back into photography with any sort of passion until probably ten years ago, when I bought my first fully manual 35mm. It was (and still is, it's on my desk behind me) a little Ricoh KR-5 Super II I picked up at my local Ritz Camera for less than $200; a package deal with camera, lens and bag, a little learner's book and a pat on the back. I wanted to learn how to really shot photos and not just point at things and click, and that little manual taught me, sometimes the hard way. Where is the light? What's the shutter speed? F stop? Film speed? Composition? I learned it all, and I really honking enjoyed it.
And just recently here, I decided to take the big plunge I had been avoiding all this time; I bought a honkingly nice, fairly expensive digital SLR, the Nikon D40. And I seem to have forgotten all about how to take photos. Okay, so it's not that honking bad, but it's honking aggravating sometime. And don't get me wrong, I LOVE my D40. It's just that the Nikon is geared to do EVERYTHING for you, and I'm so honking retentive from long manual-use that my results usually aren't quite what I was looking for. And then, just for honks and giggles Nature does everything She can to honk the photographic event up.
Today, for instance. Every afternoon after 5 a train passes by the office, headed for the UP yard. (Yeah, you KNEW I'd work trains into this post somehow.) And so after work I hied myself down to a new friend's house, whose back yard happens to run butt up against the tracks. The sun was good--behind me and off my left shoulder, no clouds nearby, the image area was as I knew nicely uncluttered, the colours of grass and expected subject were good, I was good. I waited.
And then I had to take a brief diversion into the thicket near the rails to...er...answer a call of Nature (when you're a man the world is your urinal) and found this pretty girl sitting in the middle of the rails:
Now, I'll give the Nikon this--it can take some honking close photos, as close as six inches or so. The Ricoh is blind at less than a yard with the stock lens. Anyhoo--
After visiting with my lovely little green friend for a while I heard the distant honk of an air horn and knew my prey was approaching. I genteely tossed my little lady friend into some deep grass and took my spot, long since picked out for angle and viewing range. And it was at this point that the sun decided to pass behind a honking great cloud, casting everything into middling darkness. GAH! Honk you, Nature.
But I soldiered on. The honking great honking beast hove into view, and my heart fell to see--it was the wrong colour. I had expected a grey and red KCS, not a GMTX in washed out UP yellow, but there you are, you take what you can get at times.
See what I mean? Honking lackluster.
I even followed her up the line a ways to try my 'reflection shot' again, hoping for better results this time using the flash.
Same problem as last time. Even with the flash the shutter was too slow, confused by the dark bottom half and the over-bright upper half of the shot, and the subject ended up honking blurred. Honk me!
But this is okay. I know with the flip of a switch and a few button pushes through the menu I can effectively turn my HAL 9000 into a Delta-Minus*, and I'll have to re-learn how to honking use a honking manual honking camera.
Here. How about a picture of a honking mushroom?
*If you missed the somewhat obscure sci-fi references there, I suggest you read Arthur C. Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World." And I don't mean go rent the movies either, you honker.