Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's All About Perspective

The thing I love about photography is that it’s all about perspective. You slow down, put on blinders and focus through the viewfinder. Life is filtered. Your perspective depends on the lens. Sometimes you see the whole picture, sometimes only a small part. More often than not you see something you didn’t notice before. Old becomes new. New becomes old. And, in my neck of the woods, dirt and dust garner beauty.

One of my favorite types of photography is Through the Viewfinder. There is an entire Flickr group dedicated to the art. Essentially you use a new camera to take a picture through an old camera. I have a wonderful collection of these geriatric cameras; all found at garage sales for under ten dollars. The photo above was shot through the viewfinder of 'ol argie.

And though I love my antiquated viewfinders I'm always on the lookout for something new. I adore fish eye photography and have coveted many a wide-angle lens. These lenses, however, come with a steep price tag. Not something I'm quite able to squeeze into the budget. But yesterday while poking around Flickr I found a fish eye lens I could afford - door peepholes! I can't wait to give it a try.

So if your having a bad day, if your tired or crabby or feeling just plain blah, I have a suggestion: Pull out your camera. Try on a different lens. It may just change your perspective.


No, I didn’t forget ... today is giveaway day! The lucky winner via random number generator is ... Jamie!

Jamie also happens to be a fantastic photographer - check out her photos here.


Happy Love Thursday Everyone! Don't forget Love Thursday has moved ... but that just means double the fun and double the bliss...


Jean M Fogle said...

I have never heard of this! It certainly makes a great photo!

ELK said...

Shalet what a celebration your ttv photo is ...your explanation of both was great...I have never tried either HLT!

is that your violin by the way?

tracy said...

i love this and you have totally piqued my interest... i've just dug out old cameras. But, um... still don't get it! Call me slow but exactly how do you shoot thru the viewfinder?!?!

cindy : quaint said...

some subjects are just suited to the old world feeling you can get by taking them through the viewfinder.

Julia said...

So, so true! It truly is all about perspective :)

Victoria said...

Great photo and post. I saw the door peephole idea on Flicker yesterday, too, and now I must try that as well!
Also, thanks for your kind words... 15% is now my new favorite number.

Jamie said...

I'm so excited about winning that great bag and I'm so flattered by your kind words.

This TtV ideas is SO COOL! Thank you for sharing it. I have a new mission for this weekend.

christina said...

That's such a great photo. I wish I knew more about photography! :)

Liss said...

Absolutely beautiful photo.

I am yet to try the TTV style due to needing a contraption between old and new camera to keep the light out.

Congrats Jamie for winning the bag

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I love TtV - great post, I have about 6 cameras myself! haha Funny of you to mention the door peeps....I came across that group just last week and thought it was interesting.

Wanna see my TtV?
Wayfaring Wanderer : TtV