Tuesday, June 6, 2017
I bought the Sony DCS 100 rV for my trip to Japan and Korea. A small, lightweight camera, it takes 20 megapixels images, which justifies its hefty price. As someone who tried but was too impatient to master aperture and speed in Photography 101, I use point and shoot cameras. You could do a lot more with this camera other than leave it on Auto, but I know my limitations.
I felt smug as I dodged stooped tourists bearing heavy cameras with ever telescoping lenses. I knew that with 20 megapixel I could shoot at will and crop interesting compositions later.
I was bent on finding iconic images, such as a geisha strolling the streets. I was thrilled to find this maiko (geisha in training) with her long sleeves and unpainted top lip.
What I did not see, until I was cropping the image at home, were the teenage girls posing for a selfie inches from the maiko. A rare bird among self-adulating pigeons, this was a true case of culture clash.