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Analogue Photography in the Digital Age

I’m not going to write out some long winded treatise on the war between film and digital imaging.  I’m pretty damn sure film lost, but it doesn’t have to crawl off and die just yet.  I use film as well as digital. It’s all easy and it’s not hard to get excellent images.

I’ve got an old Canon EOS 630 film body that I got from EBay little more than a year ago.  Paid $19 (plus shipping) and used a little bit of elbow grease to clean up a sticky shutter.  I’ve run dozens of rolls through it since and haven’t had a single failure (other than the “operator” kind) to produce great pictures.  It uses any lens made with a Canon EOS mount.   My sweet sister donated two old zooms to me (thanks, sweetie!), and I’ve been using the snot out of them.  Whereas the fancy digital camera you buy now will be obsolete in a year or too, people are taking great photos on 50 year old film cameras.

As for film, there’s still plenty out there.  You might have to search it out on websites like Adorama, but you can get it.  For low prices you can get good performing negative film (Fuji Superia 400, $7 for five rolls at Walmart), or for a few bucks more, you can get excellent performance from slide film (like Fuji Velvia).  I use negative film because of the ease of getting it developed and scanned at places like Target, getting big clean rich 18 megapixel digital images that I’ve never had issue with.

I’ll have to shoot a lot more rolls before I’ll ever come close to matching the price of a digital SLR able to give me the same images.  I can afford to shoot film and find myself taking more time to make sure the image is right before I take the picture.  I’m still quite the amateur when it comes to photography but even I can see a small improvement in my skills.  A fancy camera does not make you a skilled photographer.  But a photographer with skills can get more out of a good camera than a crappy one.  But a very skilled photographer can get stunning results with a plastic P.O.S. like the Holga.

I don’t have one of those.  I have a Lubitel, though… ;)

And I’m spent…

Photography Is About the EYE!

Mike at The Online Photographer had a great idea for sharpening a photographers ability (or maybe even helping with photographer’s block), take a manual film camera (a Leica, for instance) and shoot only black and white for a year. I assume this was an exercise in seeing the light, not just the color and learning exposure values the same way most people type, without thinking about it.

Like I said, great idea but it was quickly consumed in a “why a Leica?” war that completely got off the point of the exercise. I’m pretty sure he meant to simplify and shoot, shoot, shoot and practice makes perfect, etc. Later, the exhausted Mike came up with variations on a theme post that outlined ways to achieve the same thing with different equipment, film, etc.

I’m by no means a professional photographer, as a matter of fact I consider myself a rank amatuer at this stuff. But I think someone lost the whole point of photography, “ITS NOT THE EQUIPMENT, ITS THE EYE” that makes a great photograph. Ask Ken Rockwell, if you don’t believe me. I’ve seem people make great pictures with ancient cameras and light leaking pieces of… plastic. And I’ve seen uninspiring pictures taken with multi thousand dollar rigs.

Weekly Tweets for 2009-05-24

  • (beep beep beep) Mrrgghhff… wha? Morning already? Dammit! Whoever invented the concept of time should be hoisted by his own entrails… #
  • On the road heading to corn country, IA. Taking the slow way… Damn Illinois and their split speed limit and their sneaky LEOs. ;) #
  • Crawling pass St. Louis on I270. Been in 2nd gear for a half hour… http://twitpic.com/5hr1z #
  • RT @IMAO_: “I’ve always said the biggest problem with automobiles today is that too many poor people own them. #tcot” harrumph! in reply to IMAO_ #
  • RT @Land_Line_Mag: “I-75 truck blitz WED! KY, OH and MI cops watching for speeders, lane changing, tailgating, licensing cred.” in reply to Land_Line_Mag #
  • Pause for lunch on the way to MO. Some nice quesadillas from Hardees, of all places. Got to head toward St. Louis now #
  • Just popped into the CD: My Brother The Cow, from Mudhoney! Borrowed if from the library last time I was home. Driving music? we’ll see… #
  • RT @IMAO_: “”Nothing lamer than a lemur!” #annoyalemur” Lemurs stink and have no friends. Stupid Lemurs… in reply to IMAO_ #
  • @SubEWL “Trigger finger in barrel?” Either a large caliber gun or small fingers… Safety first! ;) in reply to SubEWL #
  • RT @sween: “Yo momma’s so stupid the Washington Generals came *this close* to beating her.” lol! in reply to sween #
  • RT @cklouis: “there are four baby ducklings in my apartment right now. They shit more than three chinese kids.” Why baby ducks? #
  • @Heydriver Slow in the lowboy heavy haul business. people aren’t buying a lot of heavy equipment now… in reply to Heydriver #
  • @Heydriver yeah, RGN biz is slow. spent 4 days in SC waiting for freight last week. and its hard dealing with folks only open 8 to 5… in reply to Heydriver #
  • @Heydriver my company doesn’t pay layover anymore except for weekends. gotta be done, I guess… in reply to Heydriver #
  • @FartSandwich A multi dimensional hat tilt will also raise your doucheosity. And don’t forget the Ubiquitous Red Cup! ;) in reply to FartSandwich #
  • @TruckerDesiree Karma is smiling at you. cute! in reply to TruckerDesiree #
  • On the outskirts of the wonderful burg of Granite City, IL. Local attractions? Apparently truck stops, warehouses and factories. Location x3 #
  • Spent last 4 hours hanging out, waiting for big PM on the truck. Went to find nearby Walmart Supercenter… Google Maps LIED! #
  • @Korv_N Mudhoney CD turned out not so good. I’m sure they did better work. After that was Offspring, great driving music! #
  • @Korv_N BTW: I’ll check out those music recommendations when I get back to GAWDS country… ;) #
  • @gypsyhooker Madison, IL near East St Louis. I gave up on the search, I was driving the company car and knew others were waiting… in reply to gypsyhooker #
  • @gypsyhooker I’ll try to remember that. Next time I’ll just ask you! Seriously, thanks. in reply to gypsyhooker #
  • @slackadjusterr Was looking for a WallyWorld with food in it… I returned defeated and in shame… ;) in reply to slackadjusterr #

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Shot On Film, New Pics

The pictures in the set were all shot on film with my trusty Canon EOS 630 and various films including Fuji Reala, Kodak BW400CN and Ilford XP2.

I enjoy using this camera. I got it for $19 on EBay and once I cleaned up the shutter, it’s done very well. I use a Canon 28-200 zoom and a Tamron 19-35 zoom. My biggest problem has been getting decent scans from the few outfits out there who still develop film. Target has done the best job so far, but I’ve recently discovered that out good old public library has a scanner that will do film, both 35mm negative, slides and 120 format negatives. I’ll be trying it out next time I’m home.