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future_conduit
May. 22nd, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
that's a pretty impressive snap considering it was done without a tripod.
benpeek
May. 22nd, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
tripods are for those who prepare things. i live in the world of the dirty five second picture, which i like.

and thanks, too.
future_conduit
May. 23rd, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
in lieu of a tripod: find something to lean against, bring your elbows into your chest & literally hold your breath.
benpeek
May. 23rd, 2005 11:34 am (UTC)
yeah, i actually do know that.

but i'm not too fussed with it. i kind of like dirty photography. nine times out of ten, you get nothing, but that one time you get something sweet, it's cool.
future_conduit
May. 23rd, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
touche.

the exposure is suprisingly clear in that shot. and what little blurring there is adds to the energy of the whole thang.
benpeek
May. 23rd, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
thanks.

i tried to get one of luna park, but it was a bit too far for my digital to give anythign but blurred light. anyhow, you know, truth is i'm not all that serious about my photography. it's a fun little thing that i do and try and keep a standard with for the blog, but i'm under no delusions about my place in the world.
future_conduit
May. 23rd, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
good-o.

i once worked in a photo-lab. i'm amazed at how many disillusioned hack photographers are out there. the amount of times people would come in asking why their night shots didn't work baffled me. "but i had the flash on" they'd say "yes, but you were sitting in the back row of a robbie williams concert for one thing. secondly, light dissipates over distance. it would be like trying to have a morse-code conversation with an orbiting cosmonaught using a pocket sized flash light."
"oh" they'd reply "and i think there is something wrong with your printer because there is this pink oval shaped thing in the bottom left hand corner of each and every one of my shots."
"you are an idiot, and i hereby revoke your privelage of vision" i'd reply before tilting their head back and pouring 4 litres of fixer into their eyes.

i have a cool shot of melbourne's luna park while it was undergoing a face-lift. whoever was doing the restorations cut the teeth diagnally to look like vampyre fangs. most of its face was reduced to chicken wire with creepy looking patches of scaly skin. if i could be bothered installing a scusi card (which is needed to run my once state of the art; now legacy neg/slide scanner) i'd post it. another time, another post maybe.
holidays are coming up. who knows how much time i might feel the need to waste in front of a computer.
blindsidepubs
May. 22nd, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
My heart belongs in Australia.
benpeek
May. 22nd, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
really?
blindsidepubs
May. 23rd, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
Yes. I have a wee obsession. And if I had the money and the Australian government would so allow it, I'd move there as a permanent resident.
benpeek
May. 23rd, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
you're not the only american i know with this obsession, you know.

you ever been here?
reni_0629
May. 23rd, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
*raises hand meekly*
benpeek
May. 23rd, 2005 11:36 am (UTC)
yes, i know all about your obsession.
blindsidepubs
May. 23rd, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
No, I can't even afford a trip to Atlanta this summer for the weekend, a mere 6 hour drive, nevermind circumnavigating the globe. My obsession is limited to books, articles, movies, and I'll sometimes listen to Australian radio over the internet.

I don't know what the American obsession with Australia is. For me, it's mostly the people. Everyone I've either met in person or online from Australia is incredibly bright, witty, easy to befriend, yada yada yada. But I also find something rather endearing about the land. I think my reclusive nature likes the idea of a nation where there are just miles and miles of uncharted land in amidst bustling cities, and I like the idea of so many things, lifeforms, be it fauna or breathing, that are completely unique to Australia.

I basically long for the time when I'm able to visit (at the least).
blindsidepubs
May. 23rd, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
I worked with a girl from Australia at a restaurant in Wilmington in the summer of 2001. Her pet name for me was Sweet Meat. How can you not fall in love with that?
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