8/22/08

Kudzu- A Southern Perspective





Close up of a kudzu patch, the stuff just eats trees and is pretty Dr Suess looking. Maybe more muppet looking? I don't know. Anyhow, to take these, I had to use a hand held light meter. I just took a simple reading of the sunlit side of my hand, then the shadowed side of the car. I then set the meter on top of the car, I guess, and went and took these shots (which could be better, probably. I shot at 28mm and 135mm, and should have done some shots @ 50mm, a nice happier medium. Some bracketing would also have been a good idea.) Well, then we sped away. The next stop was a huge field of beans or something, where I wanted to get a sweeping vista of a farm in the south. I couldn't find the light meter though. Feverishly looking through my bag, I sort of suspected the worst. Well, I took a few shots anyhow (next post I'll put them up), just guessing the light level. I suspected that the meter must have been left on top of the car in between these two locations. Which it had been. We drove back here to the Kudzu patch, but it was nowhere to be found. So we continued on our way. I was using eagle eyes (plug for Dan Wilson's solo-act), scanning the side of the road for my fallen piece of equipment. And I found it! We were doing 60 on a country highway, so I yelled at Pdogg to stop and it was all squirelly and sketchy. I ran back to where I saw the thing, and it was not totally broken, but it isn't 100% operable now either. At least the little latch that holds the battery in is intact, I guess. The manufacturer of the meter (Minolta) isn't a company any more, so the replacement part I need might be somewhat difficult to procure. Honestly though, I don't know what'll be harder: finding the thing or remembering to look for it. I'm on photo-vacation now, post regular vacation! And that is how Kudzu was invented and why it is so dangerous to the economic viability of Southern agriculture.

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