Why the best chocolate is the one you eat last.

Canon Lens1

Yesterday I rented a fancy telephoto camera lens to photograph my recent series of prints on old cardboard.  The lens isn’t just fancy but incredible in its ability to make almost anything look good, shooting a  razor  thin depth of field that  separates subject  from a background that blurs into creamy  oblivion.  But could it make my art look good?

After bringing the lens home in a car that is only a few times more valuable, I did some testing with CW’s new camera.    Just messing around without much idea of what I was doing opened up a new world of quality that I will probably never have access to again.    I guess I can sort of understand how photographers get obsessed with gear, although the idea is pretty unappealing.

Anyway my friend Michelle very generously donated her morning to hosting me and my cardboard at the City College SF Photo Lab, where there are two rules:

  1. I don’t touch anything.
  2. I don’t touch anything.

They must have been expecting me.

Michelle set up big, fake looking lights that made a pacifying sound when they flashed.  She showed me how to light my work without harsh reflections, and she did it all with a smile.  We shot all thirty-two pieces.  Overall, much ado for a bunch of trashed cardboard: here’s Three Cones in the Park on my Objects page.

1 Comment

  1. erin
    erin02-17-2012

    who knew i could look so fancy while munching on a trader joes snackfood in the kitchen

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