It has been such a long time since I have done a study of the Young Writer, Shoshana. There are some logical reasons for this, of course. For one, I only very recently began going back to Metro Cafe, and never with my "real" camera, but only my iPhone. I have not taken a picture with any camera other than my iPhone since the day of my surgery and it kind of seemed like I should keep Young Writer studies on my Canons.
Mostly, Margie has driven me and from the passenger seat, Shoshana was just too far away to do a good study with the iPhone. True, I did take a couple of pictures that included her with my iPhone, but they were not studies, just regular pictures. Please do not ask me what makes one picture a study and the other just a picture. I have absolutely no idea, other than the fact I choose to call one a study, and the other a regular picture.
I did not intend to shoot a study yesterday, either. But you know what? Shoshana is a great barista and a very pleasant person to be served by, but she is also a person of talent and ambition and it will not be long until she launches herself into new and upward things and then she will not be at Metro anymore and so my studies will come to an end.
So I got to thinking I should shoot some more studies of her while she is still here. But I couldn't - because I have still not so much as picked up my heavy Canons since my surgery and all I had with me was my iPhone. I needed a Canon to do a study.
But why? Why couldn't I do a study with my iPhone?
Well, for one, there are things I can control in my Canons that I have no control over at all in the iPhone - like ISO, aperture and shutter speed. The iPhone, convinced that as a smart phone it is smarter than the photographer, makes these decisions itself.
Inside Metro Cafe, it is always going to choose a very slow shutter speed, like 1/20th of a second. That, coupled with the fact that I seem to have developed a slight tremor, hopefully temporary, in my right hand, pretty much guarantees that any photo I take in the natural low light of Metro Cafe is going to have some motion blur.
But still... why not?
If I can still get a feeling, I don't really give a damn if there is motion blur. So:
Study of the Young Writer, Shoshana, #12,698: after placing two Americanos on the counter - one for me, one for Margie
After I shot the study, I returned to the car to go home, but as I rounded the back of Metro, out came Shoshana to get some eggs. The sun was bright. Now I knew the iPhone would select a fast shutter speed and there would be no motion blur. I decided to shoot another study. The iPhone set my shutter speed at 1/2000 of a second, f/2.4:
Study of the young writer, Shoshana, #412: She carries the eggs
Cherub study, #19191919192: Cherub, stone and the other cherub