Chimping

In photography a “chimp” is someone who after every picture they take they look down at their view screen to see what they just took a picture of.

Ooohh.. Ohh.. ahhh…

I’m not much of a chimp anymore. I may glance down occassionally to make sure all is well. Maybe check my histogram… lol.. hahaha.. not really… I can’t really understand a histogram..

One of the first elementary rules in photography is to check your camera before you start shooting. Do you have a memory card in there? Is your battery charged? Is it in your camera? (don’t laugh, I’ve driven for 1/2 hour to shoot at a location and discovered my battery is still home in the charger). Are your settings correct?

We drive to the car show on Florence Blvd in Casa Grande, AZ, find parking and head towards all the shiny paint jobs, the bikes, cars and trucks that are older than I am. Because I don’t really know my automobiles, I will usually take a picture of the vehicle and then a second photo of the sign that tells me what it is. Oh it’s a 1956 FORD… cool!

I am doing exactly that and I “chimp” my screen and see that the sign and the truck are all in one photo. ??

What?

How?

Sure enough I’m still on the double exposure setting I was using last time I had my camera out.

Sometimes when you make a mistake shooting you create a “happy accident”. That DID NOT happen this time..

Here’s what I created in those first few moments before I “chimped”:

Kids dancing to the music.

1956 Ford – just like the sign says..

What have I done?

What have I done for the last few months?

What have I done with my photography?

What stories do I have to tell?

We’ve been home in Campbell River for 3 months already. The weather has been cooler and wetter than normal. Is that to blame for my inactivity? Is being retired to blame? You know the old “there’s nothing that has to be done today that can’t wait til tomorrow?”.

As I look back on the last few months I remember my week on Gabriola Island at a workshop called “Develop your Creative Vision”. It was hosted by Chris Harris and Dennis Ducklow. It was fantastic, so creative, so much fun. 13 classmates from Montreal, Ontario, Alberta, BC, Seattle. Quite the collection of photographers young and old but all of us with the ambition and desire to explore new ideas and ways to take different pictures and learn new skills. Multiple exposures. Camera movement (in all directions apparently)… haha…

How much tv have I watched? How many word puzzles have I completed? How many Jigidi puzzles have I completed? (I could look up the stats but won’t). How many books have I read? I’ve done lots of all of these things.

We just got back from a family wedding and a family tree trip thru Alberta and Saskatchewan. Saw Aunts, Uncles and Cousins (some I hadn’t seen in 50 years). It was great to reconnect with my people. Loved all the miles and smiles.

The pink wall, shadows and spiders from The Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River
Multiple Exposure of the wall at the Campbell River Bowling Alley.
Trees from Drumbeg Park on Gabriola Island
Multiple Exposure of the beach rocks and a lighthouse eagle from Gabriola

Multiple Exposure Seaweed.

Malaspina Galleries Sandstone on Gabriola Island