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'Blog' Sounds Like Cursing

Published October 23rd, 2011

Hey. This is Kale. I'm a photographer, living in China. This is my first attempt at a blog. I take pictures, usually outdoors. I tend not to spend hours and hours in front of a computer, so the idea of a blog is somewhat new to me. Who is going to read this? Am I wasting my time? I could be out shooting with the Hasselblad or in the closet developing Efke 25 at N+4 and studying Ansel Adams', 'The Negative' at the same time. But no. I chose to spend this time typing away on the computer to an unknown and unseen audience who may or may not care at all what I have to say.
So what do I want to say? Hmmmm, good question. Well, this is 500px so I guess I should talk about pictures today. I love photography. I've loved taking pictures even before I knew what photography was. I remember using those cardboard cameras with 24 frames inside, where you shoot then take it to the pharmacy to get your pictures. I had no idea what I was doing. I thought that as long as I could see something then the little plastic camera would see it and give it to me exactly as I saw it. It has taken me about 10 years to realize this is not the case. It will never be the case. It doesn't matter how much you spend on the latest, fastest, biggest-megapixel-having-DSLR. No lens and sensor/film plane combination will ever, ever be able to see what you see (like the line from 'Blade Runner', "...if only you could see what I have seen with your eyes..").
I had to go back to the beginning. After years of shooting digital, and thinking I knew what I was doing and was getting better I met photographer Crombie McNeill, , who soon became my mentor. Working one-on-one with Crombie I came to better (its an on-going process) understand light and how it relates to what the camera sees and how we get the image we want. Because of Crombie I now shoot film -- medium format Hasselblad and 35mm. I process my own negatives. Because of him and through his introduction into the insanely complicated world of Ansel Adams and The Zone System, I have a much better grasp of exposure and processing. I've been shooting film for roughly three years now and am just now starting to get the finer points of plus-minus exposure and processing. The concept sounds simple, but as you get deeper and deeper into it you realize just how intricate and complicated it can get. And I'm only starting. Each day I shoot and later look at my negatives I know I wouldn't be doing this if I hadn't met Crombie McNeill those many years ago. If you are ever in Ottawa, Ontario...look him up, you'll be glad you did.
Guess thats enough for now. I'm sure my 'blogs' (what a weird word, 'blog', sounds like something you say to a mechanic when you want to explain the noise your car is making) will change as will my photography.
I'm happy to be on 500px and contributing images. I'm seeing some amazing stuff here.
Kale Taylor
Guangzhou, PRC

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