Here we discover the origins of “Writers Block” in a photo of a old-school keyboard.

I was in a “tourist trap” and I happened upon a old typewriter. It was almost pitch black in the room, I guess for ambiance. Luckily I had my flash with me, and I managed a few photos that are almost lit well.



A kid had just mashed the keyboard so the keys had all meshed together…
I remember using these metal monstrosities before “word processors” became affordable enough for a 15 year old in 1990.




It wasn’t hard to hit two keys too fast and cause the keys to stick together. Of course this is the famed reason for the “QWERTY” layout of the keyboard, separating the most common keys, and slowing the typist down. Luckily after cheating my way threw grade 9 typing, I couldn’t type fast enough to make this happen, no matter where the keys were.
This makes me nostalgic for the years of “white-out” and paper-jams. But I think Ill keep my desktop computer for now.



I wanted a macro of the @ sign, but I didn’t find it until I checked the photos later… Its where the enter key is now! Blasphemy!



I tried to get some shots of the key log-jam, but since it was dark I missed focus a lot.




I wanted to get the whole keyboard in for a shot, but I couldn’t hold the flash and get high enough, so I took 9 shots and made a panorama…
Kinda overkill as it ended up being 18000 pixels wide. I guess I could print it on the side of a bus now.



It ended up with a mustache distortion, which I didn’t even bother to try to fix, because for all I know, the keyboard was shaped like that.



Lets try to salvage one photo and fight the “Writers Block.”


(Straight Out Of Camera)




Nikon D810
Nikon 105 mm f/2.8
200 ISO





  • Exposure and contrast raised
  • Highlights, shadows, whites and blacks lowered
  • Cropped for straighter lines




  • Converted to “Black and White”




  • Added a tone curve for an “old-timey” feel.

    I was at Michaels Craft Store this week when I saw that they have, in fact started to sell typewriters again, for those crafty types.

    I guess it’s only a matter if time before we start making our own butter again.