May 22, 2004
Why I miss my old Minolta

I'm taking the day off, and am fobbing you off with an old photo from my Minolta archives.

This is one of my most favourite photos that I've ever taken. He's a boy I once taught maths to. He looked very bright, and he was.

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What this picture illustrates is why I so miss my old Minolta Dimage XYZPQR Whateveritwas camera. (There's a picture of it in this posting from way back.)

This photo illustrates why, despite its defects (like absurdly short battery life), I regret the Minolta's passing. It separated the photo-ing from the flash-ing, by putting them at opposite ends of a bit of wire. This meant I could throw fascinating shadows, avoid stupid direct flash shadows, avoided red eye, and I could side light faces instead of flooding them with in the face direct light. I could also direct the victim's attention away from the bit doing the photo-ing. Too bad it stopped working, and when I got them to mend it they sent me another which also didn't work.

To photo indoors, I now set the Canon at "P", and something else to "200" or even "400". What does that mean? I'll tell you what it means. It means I can take photos indoors that come out, without using flash. They don't come out all that well. But they come out.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 08:48 PM
Category: Photography