I’ve got Tunnelvision

One of my desires is to be a good photographer.  I try to follow great photographers on social media and talk to folks in person.

One of the people that has taken some time to explain things to me is Peter Beens.  I’ve mentioned him on this blog in this context many times before.  He’s the guy with the “good camera”.  I’ve never really felt good enough in my skills to go out and buy a good one for myself.  Peter is patient and I remember sitting down with him once and having him explain how to create HDR images.

I do try to up my game at times.  Another friend, Colleen Rose, does amazing things.  I’ve mentioned to her many times that she has the ability to see things that the rest of us mere mortals miss.

Technology and its use is always evolving and I’ve started to wonder whether or not I even need to have a good camera.  The camera in my pocket is so good; most of my picture taking is at relatively short distances.  For the others, if I happen to have it with we at the time is my OK camera.  No insult intended but it doesn’t have the features that other cameras do.  And, I’m OK with that and so is my skill level.

There’s another aspect too.  Photography isn’t the same as it used to be.  I put the blame for the change on various social media platforms where you put little stickers or effects on your image right in the application.  There was a time when you had to learn at least a modicum of Photoshopping skills to do that.

Last week, I stumbled upon the Tunnel Vision app from Google Creative Lab.  I’m oddly fascinated with it.  Here’s me with my workspace in the background.

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The last time I did something like this was dragging an image around on a very slow computer.  In addition to this effect, there are a number of others.  There are also a number of export formats since the default is to create a movie with the application.

I feel like a kid in a candy story.  Or, for another bad analogy, now that I have this hammer, everything looks like nails.  I’ll probably spare the world from my bad photography but I’m enjoying personally at the moment.

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