Civilized ku # 5265 / rist camp diaries # 12-13 (ku / civilized ku) ~ mistakes happen

reflection ~ (embiggenable) • iPhone

star gazing ~ (embiggenable) • µ4/3

Milky Way ~ (embiggenable) • µ4/3

During my stay at Rist Camp there have been too many guests and other diversions of one sort or another for me to keep up with my intended blog posting. I have kept up with my picture-a-day project with those pictures posted on Instagram and the occasional Facebook post.

In any event, in today's entry there is picture, star gazing, which could be labeled as an accidental success. The picture appears to be a double exposure when, in fact, it is a single exposure. The picture is the result of my unintenional shutter activation while I was placing the camera on a stone wall in preperation for making a picture of the northern lights, aka: Aurora Borealis. The shutter speed was long enough to capture, as the camera was descending, the star gazing figure (who was illuminated by light from the camp) and subsequently, when the camera was in place on the stone wall, to capture the northern lights, aka: Aurora Borealis. And, to be honest, I didn't check the picture on the LCD screen, assuming it was just a blurry mistake.

It is often stated that "mistakes happen" but, in my experience, they rarely turn out so well.

the new snapshot / mistakes #1-3 ~ it happens to the best of us

In the course of human events, picture making wise, accidental / unintended shutter activation is a common occurrence. And, to date, my experience with the iPhone camera module leads me to believe that it is more possible than with a "real"camera. The shutter release on-screen button requires but a light touch to activate the shutter. Consequently, I have had more unintentionally made pictures than I have over the past 10 years with my "real" cameras.

But here's the thing. I really like a surprising number of my "accidental" pictures. And, relative to my the new snapshot pictures which attempt to repicate some of the foibles of traditional snapshot pictures, these accidental pictures fit right into my snapshot making activities. What a wonderful coincidence.

fYi, some of the other snapshot foibles which I intend to explore / create are: over / under exposure, extreme backlight with dark subjects in the foreground, bad focus, bad cropping (heads partially cut off and the like), light leaks / fogged portions of a picture and awkward facial expressions and body gestures / positions.

Many of these foibles will necessitate the making of staged pictures, aka: tableau vivant. Or, some, such as fogged film and missed focus, will have to be created, aka: faked, with effects / processing using one iPhone app or another. As far as I am concerned, that all good with me.