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Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by Sanford, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. I don't know how many times I've been buying a used lens in a shop(yes, amazingly enough we have two great ones within a block of each other) and after paying for it asking "can I get a cap for that?" Since I'm rarely buying anything other than a Nikon brand lens, the shop that sells new stuff usually goes to the back and hauls out new Nikon branded caps-and yes that means the really nice current front caps with the big pinches areas in the middle. I still seem to end up dumping my bags every few weeks since the front caps for the lenses I'm using tend to migrate to the bottom. I will say that I'm particular about using rear caps and body caps, although it's not that common for me to carry a body without some sort of lens attached in a bag(and I'll qualify that by saying one of my more used bags has a narrow, tall compartment in it where I can fit a a bare F2 or F100 perfectly, so one or the other is usually there if not an FM or FA).

    I don't use my Leica that often, but I admit to being incredibly conscious of the lens cap. I've lost shots on other rangefinders(long before I had the Leica) but I'm also paranoid about burning a hole in the shutter. It's actually the only camera where I've ever used an eveready case since loading film on screw mounts is an involved affair anyway and I feel like I'm striking a reasonable balance between protecting the shutter curtains and not forgetting the lens cap should I want quick access to the camera.
     
  2. I enjoy a good story as much as a good picture so yes, I would take credit for it and I would tell anyone willing to listen exactly how I got it, no matter how stupid it actually was.
     
  3. Cell phones and some film cameras have a hard piece of a clear crystal material over the lens which allows you to take pictures through the lens cap. Progress is wonderful.
     
  4. so you got so excited that it ended before it started.
    months later, you learn what you produced. it's yours, intentional or not!
    :rolleyes:
    [​IMG]_LNG1511 by BG Day, on Flick
     
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  5. Gee, I never thougth that this question would have a resolution. Well another problem solved and my whole aspect has changed. I have seen the light. Logic wins out again.
     
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  6. With a lot of street photography it is just a case of having a camera at the right moment. I guess one could say that the best photograqph is the one that was not taken because the shutter failed to work.
     
  7. I wouldn't take this very far. I see a lot of street photos of what are very unique or interesting events that are still mediocre photos. A good street photographer's photo will usually show some degree of insight by the angle, perspective, exposure, post-processing he or she chooses. Just having a camera may sometimes, but not usually, be enough . . . for me.
     
  8. Of course, just having a camera does not make one a street photographer (i hope this doesn't digress into what makes a street photographer). I am just saying that there is that element where something occurs that was not anticipated (even for a street photographer) in front of a good photographer that they take advantage. One of my favorites is Elliot Erwit and I know he has a lot/most that are set up but some of my favorites are ones that catch subjects that seem to appear in front of him out of nowhere like the 2 men street fighting, The Long Island Rail Road car which I rode daily and the hard hat in the parade. As I understand he just walked around NYC for funsies. My brother in law in the 70's was taking photography and his best talent was spotting the most pedestrian images that no one could understand why he took them spontaneously but after processing were great
     
  9. What? Me worry?
     
  10. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri St. Joseph, LA

    Or as Julius Caesar said to Brutus, "Quid, me anxius sum?"
     
  11. "I see a lot of street photos of what are very unique or interesting events that are still mediocre photos. A good street photographer's photo will usually show some degree of insight by the angle, perspective, exposure, post-processing" Fred.

    I see a lot of landscape/nature photos of what are very unique or interesting events that are still mediocre.

    Why would street photography be any different? Unless street photographers are particularly wicked folk;) Sometimes I feel a bit wicked.
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  12. Its not just a case of pressing the big button and hoping for the best.

    Its about perception and the seeing.
     
  13. Only sweet voiced birds are imprisoned.

    Owls are not kept in cages.
     
  14. OMG -- Allen is a photographic monotheist.
    In that case Bucko, you're free to go. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Happy accident, post its. I had a pair of sandals that were the benefit of that creation. Topless sandals. Just a sole. How did they stay on, post it glue. It lasted about a year til dust, dirt and grass clippings stopped it sticking. Was fun to watch people trying to casually look as they puzzled on how the stayed on. Benefit, no tan line
     

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