A BLUR of EARTH, WATER & LIGHT
Photography has been a hobby since I was fifteen years old when I took a wonderful course on it with my father. My first camera was a kodak instamatic.
Here I am aged eighteen, pre-digital days – no I don’t have a twin…
Here is how I did it:
Back in 1976 with my brand new Olympus OM-1 single lens reflex camera set on a tripod, my friend Keith depressed the shutter taking the first shot. Returning to the camera I carefully disengaged the film as if I were rewinding it for processing, then cocked the film advance lever, and re-engaged the film. I stood in a different location as my friend snapped the second shot. Voila – a double exposure. Notice how the camera turned on the tripod slightly, creating a blur. Taking such a picture was chancy, considering I was on a student budget and the cost of film and processing was about a dollar per photo, or in today’s 2015 dollars worth $4.23 (according to this inflation calculator). Now photographers can use sophisticated digital no risk layering techniques.
Back in the day, I also shot and edited super 8 movie “shorts”. Set to music in a Charlie Chaplin style, one particular film documents my “back to the land” days, while building the off-grid home (above) that Fran and myself presently enjoy. Known as “the cabin film” it was always a must see for family and friends. Who knows – maybe one day I’ll digitize it and share it with you.
Below is an image similar to the first. Set on a tripod with an open shutter of 1/4 second, I rapidly zoomed out my camera lens. Not so incidentally to the grand scheme of things, this stream supplies all our domestic water needs and a good portion of our electricity for eight months of the year, via a hydro turbine.
Another image demonstrating “blur”.
And a final abstract shot
“Waterfall in the Forest”
Let us love and be grateful for earth, water and light that sustain us.
Cheers ~ Bruce