Is There In Truth No Beauty?

OK, here’s a confession — I’m a lousy photographer.

I love taking pictures, but I’m completely unskilled.

Last year, I bought a nice digital SLR camera. And I use pretty close to none of its capabilities. The settings rarely leave automatic. To be honest, I bought it largely so that I could use the lenses and flash from my old Minolta 35 mm.

Such ability that I do have is mainly in composing pictures; trying to look for things worth photographing, and then figuring out the best way to frame them. As a photographer, I lack the ability to create beauty, but I strive to recognize and capture it.

I’ve been having fun lately trying to stretch my skills in that area with my iPhone. I’ve heard the iPhone referred to as the modern equivalent of the Polaroid. It has a pretty decent camera, but, even with the apps I’ve added, definitely has its limitations. Ultimately, you’re working with the wide static lens that’s built in, framing things as best you can with what you’ve got. And it’s an interesting exercise. I’ve posted a few of the results here, and will continue to do so.

The Last Picture Show

Friday night, I’ll be playing in my last improv show of 2009 at Kenny Mango’s in Madison at 7 p.m. Come check it out!