Often when we take photos, they are for keeps sake but also at times, we often press on that snap button just to immortalize an image of what we see through our eyes in a tangible form of a photo. In fact, having them printed or shown on a surface triggers so much more feelings compared to if we try to just think about a memory. Camera, one of mankind's best invention, has changed how people view the world so much, especially with the introduction of the digital imaging system. You are now able to use all your senses combined for one single photo that would bring out emotions of past memories.
One of the most fun part about today's camera are its multiple functions. We're no longer limited to the olden days where colors were limited to sepia and monochrome. We're also no longer limited to being more wary of what we shoot as everything now is on a memory device, and it could be erased with just one single button. Taking photos are now so simplified that even if I feel like putting a little nostalgic touch to it, I could with just a few clicks of a button and select the functions that I would want.
I thought I could try out taking some photos in some sepia mode, only to my surprise that it also has three levels of saturation and contrast to choose from. For a blogger with an additional full time day job, this saves me so much time from editing each one of my photos, which I don't have time to do anymore. I was just complaining to point8cam the other day, about how recently I've been lacking some photos on my blog, hence why I slowed down on blogging a little apart from having so little time to write. However, I still have love for snapping random things which I can use to write my blogposts especially my random Train of Thoughts topics.
For example, the plane photo below, would be used if I wanna talk about my love for traveling. How I miss jetsetting so much and being in a foreign land with the people you want to spend time exploring with. I think hopping on the plane to depart from your home country is the best feeling ever, not knowing what adventure awaits you on the other side.
The photo below was taken in Toy Camera mode, which is my favorite among all functions. I love how the blend of hues gives a feeling of raw, distant memory. Someone even asked me if I put the vignette effect on the photo. It actually came with the Toy Camera function itself.
I thought it would be apt to snap the photo again on Sepia mode, just to give it a little touch of nostalgia. As you can see, level 1 of Sepia still has a faint brick colored tint over it, with a distinct difference with the whites and blacks in the details.
Sepia mode level 2 has a stronger brick colored tint, with less defined lines between whites.
Sepia level 3, has the strongest tint but I'm not really a fan thus I still prefer Sepia level 1. What do you think?
Next subject, had nothing to do with memories (perhaps a little cause it was at my high school buddy's wedding reception) but I was intrigued at the ceiling decor of the ballroom, which I found to be beautifully lit up. In this case, the photo was taken solely for aesthetics sake and I thought that I should experiment with the levels too to see the outcome.
In this case, I preferred the third level, as the details of the lights were more profound. I figured now that my favorite level does not necessarily look good on everything. I'm guessing lighting plays a big role in determining the level that I would go with, as well as the subject itself. I still have so much experimenting to do with this tiny camera. It has so many functions, like a cili padi that packs a punch I'm still feeling like such a noob when I'm fiddling with it. I can't wait to test out the next functions it has and probably I'll start taking self-portraits a little bit more like I used to. It has been a while I lost the skill of skewing the camera towards my best angle =P
Here are some random photos I took with the Sepia mode from the Casio Exilim ZR20:
Til the next blogpost...
Oh by the way, I'd love to read your comments. What kind of moments would you snap with this Sepia mode?