I heard of something called SOOC on flickr not too long ago. I started seeing it a lot. I thought maybe flickr was starting a new gang or something, and the last thing I wanted to do was flash the wrong colors so I thought best to look it up. Turns out SOOC is not a gang, it actually stands for Straight Out Of Camera. Means the shot hasn’t been altered via one of the thousands of photo editing softwares in the world. I thought this was funny because for years that’s all I did, and was infinitely jealous of those who used Photoshop to make their photos look so original and amazing. I tried learning but my patience for such tedious tasks is limited. It takes a lot of time, and in some ways takes the joy out of pushing a single button, not always knowing what your shot is going to look like. I should note I’m not against photo editing by any means. I give it a hard time but in reality, photo manipulation started with film all the way from the very beginning. Bleach bypass, cross processing, push processing, all this started at the beginning. Photo manipulation is very much part of photography. I gave up on photo editing for years until I tried Lightroom (trail version). Even then I could only muster the smallest strength to up the contrast and lower the levels. It’s like sticking a needle in my eye every time some variable is changed. In any case, it was extremely comforting to see SOOC gaining some interest. Not just because I’m technologically incompetent, but because I think there’s a certain importance to keeping/showing the original state of a photograph. It’s showing you how it is, shows your flaws, or film flaws, or camera flaws or no flaws at all. To me it’s like eating Grandma’s apple pie. It just feels natural, and right.
The story behind the photo is as follows. Enjoy. :)
I have this lemon tree in my backyard. It seems lots of Californian’s do, but mine I think is particularly awesome. It is a beautiful tree. Lemons are huge and bright. It’s very green and leafy. And just before sunset is when the tree looks it’s best. Trouble is, it’s surrounded by ugly fences, and parked motorhomes compliments of my hoarding neighbors, so any wide shot just looks, wrong. This photo is how I my lemon tree should be represented. Calm, quiet, and simple. A small getaway in a city of busy. Mmm, lemonade time. :)
Canon A1 (1971)
Kodak Gold Max 400 ISO
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