Photography

Jeff Mohlman: Also a Photographer

When I was younger, my father, Jeff Mohlman Sr., had a vintage SLR that he rarely used. To be honest, neither of us remember exactly what model it was. Dad vaguely remembers calling it a Nikon 50:50, but Google doesn’t seem to have much information on that. He might have been thinking of a Nifty Fifty focal length, but I digress.

When I was younger, I also tended to lose valuable things. For my eight birthday, my mom surprised me by strapping a Casio digital watch on my arm while I slept, and setting it to alarm the next morning. I lost that watch the very next day.

Needless to say, Jeff Mohlman Sr. was more than a bit hesitant to lend me his Nikon. So for the most part, my early encounters with photography were limited to mom’s old Nokia phone. Back in those days, phone cameras were limited to the VGA standard; equivalent to about 0.3 megapixels.

That’s the thing that most people don’t realize when they compare their photos to professional ones. It’s not just about skill and knowledge in photography. More than the average hobby, a lot of it has to do with technology.

When you’re literally capturing light into the palm of your hand, there’s a fair bit of science involved.They say that no camera will ever be as good as the human eye. Instead cameras and their lenses are only able to capture a fraction of the detail, color, and gradient.

Once you understand your tools, you’ll be able to capture your vision. But the next question is, what do you see? When I look at great photos, I see light. I see composition, balance, contrast, leading lines. Beyond that, I see emotion, not just in peoples’ faces, but in landscapes, and juxtaposition. I see intent.

One day I might put up a Jeff Mohlman Photography page. But for now, I’m focusing on my writing.