I think I’m going to the hospital today. Waking up at 5am every morning in pain and unable to move my head side to side or up and down is just getting to be an old joke already. I’ve tried all sorts of things, and none of them work for more than a day – by the next morning I’m in pain again. It’s not a good way to start the day.

I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of July…

I’m done the photography course thing. It was good, I learned a lot – took about eight rolls of film in four days. I’ll scan the better ones and put them up in the next little while.

Damn. Hurts so much I want to cry. I really miss sleeping the night through.


  • mishamish

    July 20, 2003 at 7:39 am

    Sorry you can’t shake the neck pains. I know how much that sucks. A few years back, I had mornings where my back gave me the same problems. I had to sit and stretch and twist a few minutes every morning just to be able to walk with limping and hunching. One morning I was actually late for work because it took me more than 45 minutes of stretching before I could stand. Of course, I also know where that CAME from, so…

    As for photography, maybe you can answer a few questions for me. I’m thinking of getting into photography, but I’m not sure how to start. Should I just go ahead and get a cheapo kind of 35mm camera to start off with, or will I get more out of it if I save up for an SLR instead? Also, do you feel it would be more worthwhile to go ahead and REALLY save up and go for a digital SLR… excuse me, digital SLR IMAGER, as most photo-nuts I know FLAT OUT correct me that to be a CAMERA, it must use film. Also, how important do you feel it is to develope your own film? Just curious.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      July 21, 2003 at 6:55 am

      Definitely get an SLR – pick up a used manual camera somewhere. You just don’t get any creative control whatsoever with a point & shoot, and it severly limits what you can do. You can find a used SLR and 50mm lens for around 150$ or less up here. My first SLR was an Olympus OM-2 that I bought for 250$ (body and lens) and it was great.

      I intend to pick up a digital SLR when I have the extra money. It’s going to take a while to save up, but it’s worth it to me. Whether or not you would rather go that route depends entirely on what you want to do with it. You’ll save a lot in film costs, and the quality is getting pretty close to film quality – I can’t tell the difference most of the time, and anyone who tells you that it’s *obvious* is being nit-picky. Most people can’t tell the difference between a good digital camera and film, and the digital allows you to take more pictures that don’t work out and not have to pay for the processing of them. Helps the learning curve, I think.

      As for developing one’s own film – I wouldn’t ever really bother with colour film, but I love working in the darkroom with black & white. For colour prints, I would just take them to a professional lab and get a print done of whatever specific picture I wanted done – they can take special instructions into consideration when they’re making prints, like say you overexposed a picture and you want them to make sure the balance is right, you just tell them it’s overexposed and they compensate for it. If you go to a consumer photo developing place in a mall or at a grocery store or Wal-Mart, the machines they have just spit out the prints according to a general middle scale of exposure, and you lose a lot of the fine details of a picture. I don’t suggest developing colour prints yourself because it’s a lot of little details that frustrate and annoy, and unless you’re really obsessed with control over everything the pro labs can do a better job for you than you can.

      With black & white, I would suggest getting the film developed and a contact sheet made at a pro lab – without making prints of every picture – then take whichever pictures you like out of the roll and enlarge them yourself. That way you don’t have to worry about the film developing (which is the most annoying part,) you have the control to make sure the exposure comes out right, to adjust the framing if you want to, and if you really get into it you can do a lot of artistic effects in the darkroom. A lot of pro places up here rent you darkroom space, I would guess it’s the same in most places. Otherwise you can pick up a used enlarger for around $200 or so. Expect to go through a lot of paper getting the right exposure for each picture. It’s definitely a lot of fun, in my opinion, but if you don’t want to go through the work (it can be time-consuming) then pro labs again will do a fine job for you. That’s what they’re there for.

      Anything else, while I’m on a roll? 🙂

      • mishamish

        July 21, 2003 at 8:28 am

        Sure: Camera suggestions. I was looking around on e-bay just after posting this and was pleasantly surprised by some of the prices I saw. However, is there anything that the buyer should be aware of on some of these? Also, I’m a little confused regarding terminology. I know “camera body” is the thing that holds the film and that the lenses attach to, as opposed to a “camera” which is the whole shebang. However, one of them said it was just the “camera body” but not the “lens port.” Also, which camera bodies can take which lenses? I know I saw something about a “bayonette” lens attachement, so I assume there are other types. Which are the most prevalent (and cheapest) and what SLR body or lens attachement type would you suggest?

        I was thinking pretty much the same thing about the digitals, but I’m going to play around with a film type for a while first, I think. You do save on film, yes, but good digital SLRs have only recently fallen below the $1000 threshhold from what I’ve heard, and that’s a LOT of film. Also, I’d like to have a computer that can handle some pretty sophisticated graphic editting software before I get that into it. My current computer makes troubling noises when I fire up MS-Windows Paintbrush. 🙂

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          July 21, 2003 at 3:29 pm

          Olympus camera bodies generally take only olympus lenses. You’d do best to go into a camera shop and talk to a salesperson about older manual cameras, availability of lenses, what types of lenses it uses, and so on, then make a decision from that. I’d stick with the name brands – I have a Canon, I also like Pentax and Nikon. You’re less likely to run into a proprietary system problem with the bigger names, unless you’re getting something like one of the newer Canons, like the Eos line – those are pretty proprietary – I know, I’ve got one.

          Basically, once you’ve got a specific camera, you can use the lenses made by that company for that style of camera, as well as various other companies’ lenses that will fit that camera. It’s pretty much different for every lens, so you’ll have to find out when you decide which one you’re getting. Get a complete body, you don’t want to deal with replacing missing pieces. Unless I had done a whole lot of research on what camera I wanted and such, I probably wouldn’t buy on ebay – I don’t know enough about specifics of brands and such for me to be comfortable with it. I’d rather go over it with someone at a used camera store (NOT a pawn shop, they have no idea what they’re talking about most of the time) and then go from there. Plus, with a store, you get at least a few months of warranty in case it suddenly quits working a week after you get it home or something. Just my preference, though – I know a few people who’ve bought good cameras on ebay.

          The digital SLR I want is 2500$ canadian at the moment. Damn my expensive tastes…

          • mishamish

            July 21, 2003 at 4:47 pm

            /me decides to be nice and leave all “Yeah, but that’s, like, $75 in real money” comments alone. I’ve REALLY played them out on you Cannuck diarists. 😛

            Thanks for the advice. I should be able to find a used camera shop, especially with downtown Hot-lanta so nearby. I suppose the prices I saw on E-bay could be too good to be quite safe.

            And no, I definitely don’t plan on buying any of the newer stuff like the new EOS. I mean, besides the price, and not knowing what to do with it if I *HAD* it… I just can’t respect a camera that looks like that… I mean, if you marketted it as a Tri-corder with video-plasticine read-out or something, MAYBE… but… not a camera… 🙂

  • msfancypants

    July 20, 2003 at 7:54 am

    I just went through the same thing, though it sounds like your pain is more intense than mine. My neck is feeling much better now.

    Try to relax. Get some meds.