Later in the afternoon, Ivan taught me about the functions on manual cameras, such as aperture and shutter speed. He taught me this because he and Dad have talked about getting me a better quality camera with manual settings. After taking some photos around the clinic, Ivan and I wandered the streets taking photos. After ten minutes or so, my camera ran out of battery power.
While taking pictures on the streets, I gained an appreciation for a new type of photography, film. Due my dead camera battery, Ivan let me shoot a roll of film with his film camera. I had only thirty-six pictures on the roll so every shot counted. The film was black and white, so my pictures could not be beautiful in their colors and they had to be beautiful in composition. I had to focus each shot by hand and change the aperture and shutter speed with a nob on the camera. I cannot promise this, but Ivan said that he will scan the film and email it to me. If he does that, I will put the photos on the blog.
Ivan also taught me that the wider the aperture, the shallower the depth of field. If the depth of field is shallow, then only a small subject in the picture is in focus and every thing else in the photo is blurry. If the depth of field is deep, then a large area of the picture is in perfect focus. The shutter speed is how quickly the camera takes a picture. If the shutter speed is very fast the camera lets in very little light. Also, the picture is less blurry if the shutter speed is quick. If the shutter speed is slow, the camera lets in a lot of light. If the aperture is wide, it lets in tons more light than if the aperture is small. So say if you wanted a shallow depth of field and the light was very dark, you would have to turn the shutter speed way down to properly expose the picture. These functions can only be changed with a nicer camera that has a manual mode.
After a day at the clinic, we drove back to the orphanage where I interviewed one of the clinic’s directors, an 80 year old American lady, named Lillian, who has lived in India for 60 years. She took a steam freighter ship to India when she was twenty. She was very chatty and happily talked to me about her life. She had always wanted to be a P.E. teacher, but her mother had always wanted, in vain, to go to India to be a missionary. So, Lillian gave up her PE teacher dream and came to India. Though the interview was interesting, after a long day, the talking made me tired and I was not very inspired for this blog. I will write more on the subject tomorrow.
Thank you for reading Rohan geographic!