The Day My Grandmother Exploded, by Kyle Cassidy

[via Kyle Cassidy’s Livejournal ]

Two weeks ago I got this crazy idea in my head to find a ten year old 1.3 megapixel Leica Digilux and make a series of images with it based on lines people sent me from novels. Well, it’s done. It’s a 24 page booklet called The Day My Grandmother Exploded, a quote from Iain Banks “The Crow Road” suggested by Craig Zeni.

Three hundred people emailed quotes, I picked the first twenty. (Ed: Note – Me! Me! Me! I was one of the 20!)

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Camerabag, More iPhone Camera Fun

I had a lot of fun with Hipstamatic, the iPhone camera application that’s taking my Facebook friends list by storm. It does feel odd to buy a $1.99 app to turn my $199 cameraphone into a $2 plastic camera, but there <<are>> benefits to going digital – for less than the cost of a roll of 120 film, I can shoot endless square format pictures.

I tried CameraBag, another fun photo manipulation app. This app doesn’t have the mind-mangling number of unintuitive film/lens combos that Hipstamatic has. I think I like it better.

The Camerabag filter names make more sense, at least – helga, lomo, 1974, fisheye.

Buy it at the iTunes store, or follow them on Twitter

First Shot, Third Canonet

This is a medium-res scan from a test roll out of my third Canonet QL 17 GIII. It’s been one of my favorite cameras over the years, and one of the best deals out there if you’re looking for a cheap rangefinder. Canon sold lots of them, so there’s spare parts galore. It’s easy to take apart, so DIYers can buy spare bodies and tinker. (See above)The dedicated flash is dirt simple – tie the aperture to the distance setting and change the aperture when it senses a flash.

This was taken with a skylight UV filter on, I had to correct a serious yellow/green cast. Or, maybe that was my 10 year old, $.99 film? Or maybe this is the Matrix?

I want to be a photographer someday. Any advice?

Originally posted by kylecassidy:

A Reader Writes: I want to be a photographer someday. Any advice?

Yes, lots.
Photography is a mixture of Artistic Ability and Technical Skill — the magic of the mix isn’t written in stone. The world is filled with technically proficient but artistically uninspired photographers, there seem to be a smaller number of artistically gifted but technically unsavvy artists, but they’re out there as well. But the most successful people have a mixture of both — they have an artistic vision, and they posses the technical skills to know how to make that a reality. The technical skills are the easy part, you can learn them from a book — f-stops and shutter speeds and light modifiers, etc. The difficult thing to come up with is an idea.
0) Possibly the most important thing of all: Find creative people and make them part of your world. They don’t have to be photographers. They can be writers, or musicians, or actors or puppet makers. Have a peer group of people who are doing things. They’ll be your inspiration, your facilitators, your idea makers, your artistic partners. Do this for the rest of your life. Artists rarely survive in a vacuum.

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iPhonetography, a new Kyle Cassidy project


Many people decry it’s smallish megapixel count (3), but really, as any serious digital photographer will tell you, size doesn’t matter. The most frustrating thing about the image that comes from the iPhone is the noise. Not audible noise, but digital grain. That, and it’s slow response time, and of course, the lack of control: apart from aiming the camera, selecting a focus area and depressing shutter button, the user doesn’t have any control over aperture (fixed at 2.8) focal length (fixed at 5.9mm), shutter speed, or even ISO, which swings from ~70 into the 1000+ range as it wants.


Quiet Carnival


Check out Amy’s post, Quiet Carnival.

Last Thursday night as I drove home from work, I passed the park during golden hour. Buttery light filtered through the trees and lit up the rides. No more lame reasons. I raced the last few blocks to the house to grab my camera (I had my point and shoot with me, but I wanted my DSLR) and the boy and raced back.