The magic is not in your camera; it’s in your eye.

People always say how much they like such and such photo, or shots taken by someone they know.

And as much as they may like particular photos, I tend to think that if it wasn’t for that particular photographer’s eye in seeing an image worth recording, all that magic would have been lost, forever.

We shouldn’t forget that as photographers, we have a very serious task in this world, for what we are doing when we take our shots, is that we’re immortalising moments in time….think about it…it’s true, isn’t it?

Just as an example, pull out a photo of your grand dad or even your great grand dad if you have one. Stare at the shot for a while. Without you knowing it, that shot has taken you back many decades, perhaps back to another century, to when that photo was taken.

You’ve become a time-traveller! Who says there’s no such thing as time travel?

And on that topic, here’s a photo I came across recently, taken by someone who just wanted to capture a shot of his garage for some reason. But look what he managed to capture instead; you need to look closely at the shadows cast on the garage door….can you see an image of a man?

Now if that isn’t magic, I’ll be darned!


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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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10 Responses to The magic is not in your camera; it’s in your eye.

  1. Soooooooo true!!!!!!!!!!!

    • filmcamera999 says:

      ..thank you, marina! and its the same with your medium, too….when you paint something, you ahve obviously seen something that people who dont know about painting will not have seen….they only get to know about it when they see your finished result! so again, if you hadnt seen that special image in your mind, it will ahve been lost forever..just like a photo!

  2. Streetshooter says:

    That is a very cool observation. Good post and thoughts….

  3. OK. I tried. And, I like to think that I’m good with cloud shapes and having an imagination but I do not see a man in that garage door. Hmmm. Maybe, I’ll drink some more coffee and look again later. 🙂

    • filmcamera999 says:

      hehe…ok, no probs! some people can see it, some cannot…anyways, ive done the hard work for you….ok, if you start counting the layers of brickwork of that garage from the bottom upwards, when you reach the 9th line of bricks, that’ll be guy’s chin, the 15th layer is his bottom lip and the 22nd layer is his nose…by that time, you will probably ahve sussed him out anyway! try it again sometime…! by the way, just love the look of taht weekend hash…can i come over for breakfast one weekend, please…..only joking:)

  4. alfabetaim says:

    Hey, and he managed to catch that red hoop in mid-air too! 🙂

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