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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Hand held


Few people may realise but the digital revolution with both video and still cameras has brought one very negative aspect to capturing your favourite moments. The use of the LCD screen as the main tool for composing and focusing on the subject means people take photos with their hands stretched out. This photograph of an Asian man perfectly demonstrates the issue.

Now, let me explain what is wrong with it. If you put the camera to your eye and use the optical viewfinder or even the in-build electronic viewfinder your camera is relatively steady as it rests against you. If you move a little bit it probably won’t even matter and the photograph will be sharp. When you stretch your hand out and move by the same factor the length of the arm multiplies that movement resulting in blurry images.

St. Andrews Cathedral monitors


I have entered St. Andrews cathedral recently and stood there very bewildered for a long while. There were LCD monitors installed on the cathedral columns. It felt so wrong. I know its 21st century and technology is everywhere but somehow these plastic LCD monitors installed on the sandstone columns looked ugly and out of place.

Sydney and Australia in general does not have a lot of old buildings. This is after all a very young country. So, scaring the very few buildings that are of historical and cultural significance with perhaps useful but otherwise ugly modern items, seems, well for a better word sacrilegious.