Sometimes you can find lots of off stuff, discarded, waiting on the sidewalk for the trash truck to come by. Or stuff stashed into containers.
And some very few times this trash makes for a nice photo subject.
Of course here I fell over one of the
problems quirks of the rangefinder cameras, and specially my Leica IIIa with it’s tiny viewfinder, hard to frame for a guy wearing glasses like me.
Even at over 3 meters away, the viewfinder gave me a bad frame here. And as I don’t like to crop (apart from straightening my horizons), I always tend to get close and frame tight. Bad choice!
This would, in my opinion, have been a nice photo but for the fact that I noticed too late that I cut off the whole right side of the trash bin.
Too bad, that makes for bad blood between me and Oscar! Of course the day after developing this film I went again with the Spotmatic…. but the trash was gone. Duh…
You get only one take at a photo most often, so it better be right immediately.
Photography is made (partially) of regrets… Sometimes you regret that you forgot to take a camera, you regret that you were too lazy or too late to get a shot. You regret you got your settings wrong. And here I regret that a great camera like Oskar sometimes is not up to it’s task.
Or rather the guy behind the cameras was not up to the task. Too stupid to remember about that darn parallax error. One good point for SLRs, they are good for stupid guys like me!
Tell me, if you shoot rangefinders, how often do you get your frames wrong. Of course more modern rangefinders have viewfinders that adjust parallax automatically. Good for you M-shooters.
Thanks for reading…. hope you don’t regret it!