The image I took last night was a hasty attempt at doing something I used to love. Low light and stage photography. I am not sure why I liked the idea of low light so much. Was it the challenge of an educated guess for a roll of film with exposure time and hoping to get a good image? Or was it that I simply loved the hi-contrast between black backgrounds and the image that was in focus? It took quite a few tests to get the hang of how to consistently produce a decent result with film.
Last night I worked another football game, which happened to go into overtime, so I was happy to get the last train back to town. I took my brother in laws Nikon camera last night, as he likes what I am doing with his web imagery, but I need to really be on auto program with adjusting settings to what I want. There was an interesting image I know exists with the elevators in the stadium. So I thought, if I get a break, I will take that image. (That break never happened, so sans tripod, I had 20 minutes to kill waiting for a train, and I did my best at time exposures and the wonderment of digital ASA that you dial in, and a microprocessor simply calculates what you used to have to guess.)
Today, push a few buttons, snap a few images in a few moments, import to Photoshop, delete, and adjust a bit of contrast and voila. you are a photographer!
What I didn’t notice was the couple having a groping make out session in image. It is pretty funny when I went through the progression.
I digress, last night as I watched two Swiss teams battle to advance in something called the “Swiss cup” you watch all the finely tuned athletes doing a sport I know little about, but have come to appreciate. I think photographically, the best moments I have seen have been inside the confines of the locker room. Call them the times I wish I had a camera to take some photo of the faces of players dejection or my favorite was watching a guy who got thrown out of a game have to watch his team loose the advantage and then the game. priceless gut wrenching imagery indeed. The British have the "gutted" euphemism term they use, however, i don't know how many folks have ever gutted a deer or animal before - they probably would not use that term anymore.
The reality is, no photos are allowed in that area. Call it a safe haven, sans security cameras.
In a media that savors feel good moments that allow the viewer to somehow think they are participating in the drama of the game - in the United States, the rush for “jubo” shots. What is a jubo shot? When I was a stringer for Reuters, I was trying to get a great image of action. What did the news wires want? A picture of a star celebrating some moment of how wonderful he was. JUBILATION! I should shut up, as the one time I did get USA today, the Boston Globe and NY Times with an image was some college basketball game upset in a tournament. I knew something was going to happen, so unload the roll of film when the game ended. In the 12 images was one shot that was truly amazing.
No, it took no skill; just the ability to know something big was happening and make sure I was in focus when I pushed the shutter. (It is called luck)
Why the photo stuff? I guess it is because I have been using a camera phone for pretty much all of the photos you see on this site. Truly amazing that you get decent images so simply.
But I needed a camera to get the effects beyond a camera phone. Now I have a new project in that I will take a tripod out some night because the ease of low light and night photography is really a snap these days. How exciting.
I guess it is all how it works. People ask, “How do you know how to do all these things?”
Well, you take the image, replicate portions of it a few times, then you make 14 layers with garbage masks, adjust each one to fill the entire image…take a bit of this, some of that, and a LOT of time working everything just right so that when you show or play it, people go “wow, that was amazing.” (the reason i don’t do sfx film work is that it is so damn tedious)
The reality is that it took years of working on ideas and taking time to learn skills in how you make movies, how you develop a show, how you move a show around the planet, how you look at human beings and try to tweak some element of human senses to get a desired result.
Most of what we see is simple illusionary tricks for the mind. The irony is that 99.99% simulation accuracy is really boring and expensive. A simple fake, pretty easy to do. Even funnier when you know how to do the fake or illusion.
I wanted to write about a deeper subject today, as I watched a player get carted off and we opened up the doors, I knew he was screwed with his injury by watching the replay on the wall monitor.
The thought was about man, technology, religion, and god…. I joked a few weeks (or months ago) when I picked up the domain name robochurch.com. Many times I have ideas for what to do with these ideas, but I simply have a limited amount of time.
What scared me a bit, particularly after what I wrote about in the past few days, with how stories and images with artificial intelligence, will be so easy to fabricate, manipulate, and distribute all sorts of stuff – full of bias to the world.
(I am thinking about a Vulcan cannon and how many bullets it can shoot in a minute. Now think about a well-tuned computer network. Wink)
We will come to a place where we have the church of the machine trying to tell people what to think, believe or do.
Scary part is I know how to create it. I hope it never really gets created and falls down on itself, like the biblical tower of babel.
I guess that simply deepens my love for freedom and the beauty of choice in the world. You need choice, it allows for one to love.
In the image, I would not call the young man “loving” the young woman. It was more like a grope session on a train platform. With age, comes wisdom?
sorry about the ramble of this draft. i am really thinking about the church of machine...it is the opposite of what we want Augmanity to be about. I guess everything can be a dual edged sword in the world....tis a choice how to use it.