S: Jessie's Photography
FC: My Photography... Such As It Is by Jessica St. Hill
1: I have always loved photography, but have never had the money or frankly, drive to learn to do it properly. Add in a modern need to know and master the technologies of after processing like Photoshop and I have to lie down just thinking about it. But in my own, exceedingly amateur way, I manage to capture my life just fine. All the pictures in this book were taken with either a crappy point and shoot, or an even crappier camera phone and some of them look it. Some are pretty interesting, though, showing you don't need expensive equipment to capture a memory.
2: I will start with my most recent "toy" first. I have been, for a long time, mildly obsessed with the acquisition and implementing of "toy cameras" such as Holgas, Dianas, and the like. The only problem is, using film in any capacity, especially the medium format film used in those cameras, can be a downright pain. No one develops it anymore. What's a toy lover to do? CHEAT.!That's what.!My new smartphone supports a marvelous app called Retro Camera.
3: The app is free, and uses the smartphone's own camera to apply all sorts of awesome "old timey" filters and effects to make the photos look like they are scratched and worn and weirdly coloured like these toy cameras do. I have no doubt that "real" photographers will scoff, but I still have to frame a nice shot, and I get some really nice pictures. Who says professionals and artists should have all the fun?
5: Both the pretty face of my niece Katie and the nostalgic sites of the Magic Kingdom lend themselves well to the special effects of "toy" photography.
6: I often miss the flag ceremony while at Disney, but was determined not to on a recent visit, in part to get some wonderful vintage looking shots. Appropriate since the color retreat ceremony has been a part of the Magic Kingdom from the start.
7: How perfect is this technique for capturing the Grand Floridian hotel? I imagine 1970s visitors' old photos look much like these.
8: The stunningly beautiful grounds of the Grand Floridian.
9: The interiors of the GrandFloridian are also gorgeous, but surprisingly not stuffy and the people are friendly and welcoming, even to a pack of weary hobos escaping the Magic Kingdom for an hour or two.
10: Can you tell that the Castle is another favourite subject for me. Day, night, whenever is a great chance for a beautiful shot. I find it a challenge to find new angles and lighting. | Key to the Castle...
11: The many moods of Cinderalla Castle. I never get tired of taking pictures of it.
12: Moon grafitti is a great and fun way to play with the nights settings on a crappy point and shoot camera. I spelled Josh's name one night.
13: He's a goofy little pudgeball, like me, but he is all mine, and I love to take pictures of him. He isn't always a fan of having his own paparazza, but I like catching him in all his little moods...and asleep. | My Absolute Favourite Subject to Photograph...My Husband
14: Look! Somewhere other than Disney World!We got some marvelous photos on a lovely little overnight trip to Port St. Joe several years ago. Beachy and rustic all at once.
15: *sigh* If ever there was a place that was "ours", Sawgrass Lake is it. | It the middle of town, just off an insterstate, no less, is this lovely oasis. Every view is such a postcard, you feel like a fraud pretending to be good at taking pictures.
16: Around every turn at Disney, or anywhere, really, is a moment waiting to be photographed. Just a few of my favourites.
17: Stolen Moments...
19: The black and white setting on a cheap digital is the best cheat you can use to get some wow shots. Not professional, no, but definitely eye-catching.
20: Vain, yeah, probably, but my favourite pictures of me are usually the ones I take myself with my arm held out and a makeshift backdrop. | Me with me-ing...