Photo Friday: Zippo

Nietzsche Zippo

My custom Zippo lighter

I’m happy with this week’s entry.

Canon Digital Rebel XSi with Canon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. I set a custom white balance, focused with the lights on, shifted to manual focus so I wouldn’t lose it, spread the aperture across a few shots, and used my brand new $3 remote to trigger the shutter. Light’s bounced in with white paper just out of the shot on camera right. Last capture turned out to be my favorite.

Zooming in full will reveal the inscription:

“That which is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil”

The flip side bears the attribution: Friedrich Nietzsche.

I’m feeling more and more comfortable with my camera and what needs to be done to capture various shots and I’m picking up some tricks along the way. Learn by doing, right? I just need to keep challenging myself creatively. I’m so rooted in thinking in words and all the senses that sometimes I’m too critical about what may or may not make a good visual shot.

The camera’s eye is not a human eye. Take the shot, sweat it later. There’s bound to be someone out there who’ll dig it.


About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

One comment

  1. Mark Cummuta says:

    For a simple picture , I like the flame coloring & glow.
    And the inscription is rockin’!