My Hobby John 3onar Tucker I teli now I first started my hobby and how it turned from just technique into an art when I dis- covered the beauties that were added when color film was used in place of ordinary panchromatic film. The most interesting of my hobbies is photo- graphy. I be & an it a few years ago after I had saved enough money from my first job to Duy a camera. I first began by taking black and white pictures of things of interest in the neighborhood > of neighbors, pets, and houses. The pictures as a whole were awful. Some negatives looked like a nigger in a coal pile at midnight; others locked like a polar bear in a snow storm. And then there were some in which I did manage to find the proper exposure but there was always something else wrong like taking a picture of a friend and cutt- ing his head off or taking an action shot and getting a nice blur« Or what was worBe, was when I would get a beautiful picture and woulA not be able to figure out what it was. However, as time went on, things oegan to improve and occasionally I would get a picture which might be worth saving.. Well, just about this time the funds ran out and I had to shelve the camera. A year ago last summer, after I had been work- ing for about two months, I again decided to invest in photographic equipment. I decided zdax, I would buy a better grade camera. A camera which would be easier to opperate, more flexible, and_of a better engineering design. I looked around for awhile and finally decided on the Perfex. I found that it had all the necessary paraphernal i a for talcing good pictures and coat less than other cameras in its class. I bought the Perfex and found that my pictures became from excellent to awful in range. Since I could take good pictures sometimes, I concluded it was partly my fault and began to ex- amine my technique and found that it was far from perfect. I analysed it and did improve., Then a friend suggested that I try color film. I did, and that is the point at which photography changed to an art. Instead of being able to make a picture from anything, it became necessary to find a scene that is beautiful, that has composi- tion of color as well as of objects. The color added atmosphere ; made the picture alive. Ordin- ary scenes were transformed from lifeless grey to beautiful tints and shades . Grey leaves were transformed to leaves of delicate shades of green, red, orange, and various combinations . Trunks of trees turned from blacks to browns. Grey skies became blue. Dark grass became green. Com oi nations of colors replaced different shades of blacks, white and grey. It became necessary to learn com- position all over again* Color composition replac- ed black and white composition. It became necess- ary to look for pictures, to look for color compo- sition. It was no longer possible to find a scene and just balance darks against lights. Blues had to be balanced against yellowei reds had to be balanced against oranges. Color balance became the main ODject. It became an art in place of a technique.