Picture in Picture

A Stopherjones Picture

Technology allows us all to capture those treasured moments in one click of a button. We can upload these moments in time onto our computers or get them professionally developed, either way we have a system of retaining our time treasures long into the future.

I smiled to myself  the other day as a thought popped into my head, it wasn’t a deep thought or anything spiritual, but a thought all the same. The instigator of this thought was a young boy and his older brother who were discussing how the younger boy should take the older boys picture. Not much to make you smile I know, but stay with me for just a second if you please, the younger boys statement was based around the fact that he didn’t need to know all the ins and outs of the camera to take the picture and the older boys view was that he did, now this is where it got interesting for me for the young boy snapped away whilst the older boy gave his opinion on how experts would produce quality portrait angles etc. The young boy stopped clicking and handed his elder the camera who started to look at what he had taken. The elder looked shocked at what he saw on the camera and was silenced for at least thirty seconds before slowly looking to the boy, smiling, then ruffling the young upstarts hair with his hand he walks off still looking at the pictures on the camera.

Thats when it dawned on me, that no matter how much technology goes into the creation of cameras or anything else, it is the human who picks the treasured moment in time and it is the human who will choose whether to use the technology or find alternative means.

I’m old school and a firm believer in blending with nature’s lighting, positioning, structure etc to take strong photographs, rather than relying solely on the technology of the camera and over thinking every detail.

This is what the young boy above had done, with pleasing results. So if ever you find yourself in a debate about how to take a picture,

 ‘Just take the picture’

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