My youngest son likes to be involved in things where he can create things. Granted, left to his own devices, he'd stay at home on the computer and play games all day, but other than that, if I offer up an idea for something new to try, he's all in.
For the last year he has been involved in pottery, and has made some really fun pieces. Yesterday he came home with this fantastic little piece: a bird with eggs in a nest. They are so precious!
I love the fact that he makes these things, and that he enjoys making these things. And he's good!
Behind the Photo
Sometime last year I came upon a thrift store that had within it the cheapest digital camera I think mankind has ever constructed. It was old. It was cheap. It was brilliant. I wanted more. I found older.
I found... the Sony FD Mavica 75. This is a beautiful little camera: .5 megapixel sensor, 640x480 resolution, and saves images to a floppy drive.
In order to use this camera and actually do something with the pictures I had to buy a pack of floppy disks and a floppy-USB attachment from Amazon.
This camera (and the other, which I rarely use) prompted me to start a tag what I've called #crappycameraphotos. I haven't used it in sometime, but have recently been inspired again, primarily by a combination of #sublimesunday and @nelyp's #behindthephoto. The goal is not just to use a crappy camera, and definitely not to create a crappy picture; instead, the idea is to use a crappy camera to create a great photograph.
This camera was not made cheaply, and it was not made to be a throwaway camera. Despite it's poor (by now) specifications, it was top notch at the time: it had a tripod attachment, and the lens enclosure was threaded to accept filters. It also had a number of in-camera picture effects. I do not usually use in-camera effects, but this one was neat:
I think inspiration may have come back to me. Even if I'm indoors I'm going to start taking still life pictures with it. With the use of a good photo editing program, such as Luminar 3 or the Nik Collection, this camera is perfect for sepia's, or pictures with an old-time grainy look to them.
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(c) Victor Wiebe