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Fabulous Film Fridays – Jan 14, 2011

Posted in Art of Photography, Fabulous Film Fridays, Humor, Techniques with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by Darwin

This week it’s Sam’s turn to show off an image she made using film. Her post is her very first image made with Tachihara Tim (her 4×5 view camera). Sam had quite an adventure learning how to use the 4×5 view camera (read about it here) and I helped her by donating a sweat-stained shirt to use as a dark cloth. What a nice guy eh? Anyway for posterity, here is Sam hard at work getting some fresh air and making her first 4×5 view camera photo.

Sam showing us how to use a 4×5 view camera


The Joys of Film

Posted in Photography Gear with tags , , , , , , on February 23, 2009 by Darwin

Recently, I have been shooting film again. I won a Linhof 6×12 panoramic camera in a photo contest. I had a few old rolls of Velvia 50 film sitting in the freezer and thought I should expose them before the end of this decade. And you  know what?–I really miss film!

  • First, I feel more connected with the scene or subject when shooting film. With digital I take the photo and then immediately check the histogram, look at the picture on the LCD,  make adjustments and shoot again. I spend most of my time fiddling with the camera and less time looking at and interacting with the scene or subject. With film, I simply take the photo, no fussing around after the fact, and  I keep my eye on the scene or subject so I never miss a special moment (unless I am reloading the film!).
  • Second, I love the anticipation, the magic of getting the film back and seeing if the shots worked. There is a little alchemy and voodoo at work with film. There are always surprises, some good, some bad. With digital there are few surprises becase I look at every photo seconds after I make it.
  • Third, I like the idea that with slide film, once I press the shutter, the photo is done. No computer work, no post-processing, just a lovely image on the light table. And film feels like a real photo; it is organic and sexy. A memory card is just so geeky.
  • Finally, there is nothing like Velvia. I love its special rendition of the world, those amazing purples and vivid greens and blues. Digital just can’t seem to give me colours like Velvia!

Attached is a photo from the first roll of film to run through the Linhof, a camera by the way that reminds me of an Leica on steroids. No batteries that die, no sensors to clean, no firmware updates, no new models every 6 months, no black dot issues, no issues of any kind. Wow–how refreshing! Anyone want to buy a bunch of digital stuff?