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Digital Cyclops

: a Distorted Lens, and a giant Squeegee

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Well, hello there.

This is the photo-journal of one boozysmurf, so if you've landed her on random jumps, and you're adding this one, you may want to consider adding boozysmurf as well. The two tend to compliment each other. Boozysmurf is where I talk about me; digital_cyclops is where I talk about and display my photography, and the world of photography.

Before we get started, there's a few things you should know. I want you to be critical if you come here. Not "that sucks" critical, but "this could be better if.." critical. I'm trying to learn, I'm experimenting, and I'm not always going to post "good" pictures. I find I learn as much or more from my mistakes as I do from my successes, cliche as it may be.

If you add this journal, please, comment and let me know you're here. It always wierds me out to see new names peeking into my life. It's not bad, but please speak up. You'll find that if I add you back, I'll add you under boozysmurf rather than here; the ONLY friends I have on this journal's friends page are photography oriented; either people or communities. It keeps with the theme.

Onto the reason for this.

Like I said, this is to keep my two aspects seperate. Both journals overlap each other regularly, but I needed a way to organize my thoughts on photography, and the good stuff was getting lost in the conversational noise that is always present in a personal journal.

But, digital_cyclops has a purpose and a progression. I suggest checking out the memories; there's not a lot there, but if you're at all interested, you'll see how I think and how I've grown up with a camera in my hands.

I don't claim to be good, but I think I'm at least competent, and improving daily. I subscribe to the believe that you MUST get better if you take more pictures, and think about what you're shooting.

It should be noted that my hardware has taken a quantum leap in both quality, cost, and diversity, recently. I've had a string of Point'n'Shoot digital cameras over the last seven years, each better than the last. However, three weeks ago, I bought a Nikon D70s digital SLR. Again, I don't claim to be good, but at the very least, my point'n'shoot cameras couldn't keep up with what I see in the picture, what I see framed. My vision of the photograph, if that doesn't sound to pretenstious.

The Nikno is a blessing and a curse. It's a wealth of mechanical and electronic ability for me, but it highlights just how much I've forgotten about photography, how little I know these days. THe camera, for the first time in years, if ever, actually outstrips my knowledge and ability. This is a good thing, but it's both daunting and frustrating.

So, what you will see here will be a mixture of pictures; I still have my Canon S500 point'n'shoot and I plan on keeping it, it's nice to have a small, pocketable camera that I'm less worried about breaking. You'll probably see some pictures up here that were taken with it (there's already a ton; I had it for 18 months before the Nikon). However, from the 24th of August onwards, unless otherwise noted, the pictures are shot with the Nikon.

This is becoming long. I'm ok with that, but it's almost a journal entry rather than a bio. I'll finish by saying that if you appear here out of the blue, and want to know abit about me, go check out boozysmurf. If you're interested in watching my photography progress, stick around here.

The equipment.

Currently, as mentioned, I'm shooting with my beloved Nikon D70s. I have three lenses right now, the kit 18-70mm DX lens, a 30+ year old 55mm f/3.5 micro-nikkor prime, and my favorite, the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-S.

On the list of wants?

  • telephoto/zoom. nikon 80-200mm f/2.8
  • wide-angle/landscape. 12-24mm Tokina
  • SB-600 flash unit

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