Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Interpret This Photo. Please.
Step right up, folks, and take a gander at one of the worst pictures ever posted on this blog but one which intrigues me nevertheless. As with most of my other 4,580 beach shots, this one is from Aaron's Beach.
Let's talk about the complex process by which this picture was taken. Get out your pencil to take notes. Ready? Here we go.
1. I put the setting to Auto.
2. I pressed the Snap button. (Did you know that's what it's called? The Snap button?)
3. Attempting its level best to figure out what in the hay I'm taking a picture of, the camera tries to focus on the multiple major elements but can't because the photographer can't even focus, so why should the camera?
4. The End.
Although I was very likely trying to zero in on the gnarled up branches, I might have been distracted by that sea wall in the background, and then further distracted by the green grass sprouting from the right and before you know it we have a fine example of a camera with ADD. (For now we'll bypass any attempts at diagnosing the photographer. There's simply not enough time, and quite possibly not enough diagnoses.)
It's late as I write this. The day at the paying job was absolutely exhausting and I need to "...lay my body down, and when the morning light comes streaming in, I'll get up and do it again. Amen."
(I love Jackson Browne and thank him for letting me steal some of his lyrics. Please don't sue, Mr. Browne, all I can give you is a bushel of fiddler crabs and an offer to perform some songs for the Blog Fest movie which is coming to a theater near you in this lifetime if it's the last thing I do.)
Speaking of crabs, that's exactly what I see when I glance at those gnarled up branches - the claws of a crab reaching upwards trying to protect himself.
What do you see?