Almost 3 years after my first post in this photography related blog, i think it is time to talk about photography. Lately we all enjoy the benefits of the digital revolution but we also struggle to keep up with the challenges this has to offer. Every week i am reading about some new groundbreaking feature of the new Nikon – Cannon – Panasonic or what else is out there, widening our perspective in photography and the quality of our images. All this is very nice but usually comes with some heavy price tag. Over the last years we were offered two very important features encapsulated in the newest DSLR cameras. High ISO performance and FULL HD video. The hunt to eliminate grain – noise in our images became the number one goal for new photographers like myself. I used to work with a Nikon D90 for 2 years, mostly shooting weddings and concerts. I had a very difficult time in low light situations, since this camera was terrible at 2000 ISO and higher. Most often i would reduce depth of field in order to get as much light as possible through the lens. About a year ago i bought the D800. As you may know this camera is absolutely fantastic in low light situations and also has quite a few other groundbreaking features. This made my life as a photographer much easier but also introduced me to another point of view regarding depth of field. I can now use f 7.1 inside a dim room and get the results i want and some others i had never seen so far. Looking back at my D9o photos i discovered that they all were pretty “shallow” and only depicting sharply the main object / subject of my frame. This led to a portfolio filled with f 2.8 photos giving very little attention to the background. I could push my ISO settings with the D90 but i did not for the shake of grainless photos. I am now wondering wether i acted right or not. Is level of grain in my photo more important than the scene i am trying to capture or should i give more attention to the composition and just ignore grain. Is this hunt of grain important enough and is it ever going to end ?
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You may have not heard about “Not Yet Darling”, at least not yet, but should you ever stumble upon a gig poster with their name on it, mark the date and cancel all other plans.
Υπάρχω εγώ, υπάρχεις εσύ, όλοι μαζί ζούμε αναπνέοντας τον ίδιο πηχτό αέρα. Δεν είμαστε μόνοι όμως. Μαζί μας υπάρχει η Κική Σιδηροπούλου.
Εδώ και αρκετό έφτασα να πιστεύω ότι αυτή η γεννιά μας, που έκανε τα πρώτα της βήματα με τον χαρακτηρισμό κακομαθημένη, αυτή που σήμερα με μεγάλη ευκολία χαρακτηρίζεται χαμένη – καταδικασμένη γεννιά, έχει έναν άσο στο μανίκι της. Έχει όραμα. Ακόμα πιο πρόσφατα παρατηρώ ότι αυτό το όραμα γίνεται πράξη, με μικρά, σταθερά ή και μετέωρα βήματα, ενώνεται με θράσος απέναντι στη μιζέρια που απλώσανε μπροστά της. Μόνη της χωρίς να ελπίζει σε καμία βοήθεια από προηγούμενες γεννιές πλην του μπαμπά και της μαμάς -με την ευκαρία, ευχαριστώ-, έχει να σηκώσει στις πλάτες της έναν ολόκληρο πλανήτη γεμάτο δικαιώματα. Μόλις το προηγούμενο Σάββατο διαπίστωσα ότι έχω κάνει λάθος. Δεν είμαστε και τόσο μόνοι τελικά. Η “ανακάλυψη” της Κικής είναι για εμένα τόσο εμψυχωτική όσο ήτανε για τους αστρονόμους η ανακάλυψη νερού στον Άρη.
Είχα την τύχη να συνεργαστώ για λίγο μαζί της, αρκετά όμως ώστε να θυμηθώ ότι η διάσταση του χρόνου πρέπει να λαμβάνεται υπ όψιν. Πρέπει να την αγαπάς τη δουλειά σου για να είσαι ευτυχισμένος για να είσαι ζωντανός. Για να καταφέρεις να διασχίσεις όλη αυτή τη χρονική απόσταση ανάμεσα σε σένα και το στόχο σου και να φτάσεις εκεί νεώτερος απ’ ότι ξεκίνησες.
Experimenting with cardboard stencils
As noted earlier on this blog’s timeline, that night could not have been better. Unrivaled performances on exemplary coordination produced an overwhelming show, featuring an exclusive remake of “USA, Dos Passos” originally written by John Dos Passos from 1930 to 1936 and more recently presented to our city’s audience by Eleni Euthimiou, in her own text version and direction, last May in Thessaloniki. Followed by the appearance of Stan Laurel on screen, accompanied by Thanasis Bililis on the piano, the time capsule seemed to be inexhaustible. A dance show by Lindy Hop Greece put a smile on everyone’s face and also provided a hint of what would follow when the Voodoo Pie-Rats hit the stage. You should check these guys out, i think their singer is called Spad ! Blues Fathers and the Swingers were exactly that, though i wish my dad had but a fraction of their energy. The Grand Finale could wait a bit more and thankfully it did. For some brief moments Principal Club Theater turned pitch black with only two spotlights shaping a jaw dropping silhouette lingering in a burlesque act strewing excitement among the crowd. Finally the Speakeasies swing band entered the stage. Introducing the Speakeasies would be no more than a waste of space and if i do speak my mind without applying any form of censorship i will be considered subjective. Amazing !
What really is amazing though is the price of this beautifully wrapped bundle, which was set to just 8 of our euros. Why is that so amazing then. Why is it that i hit enter and created a whole new paragraph to talk about money. Because whether or not i or you want to acknowledge, this is how the real world works. That may sound bleak or not so inspirational at best, yet it is a reality we must face if we don’t like the bread line or the chair of a bank clerk. The Speakeasies along with 25 or so other wonderful people dared to dream big and got away with it.