Photography is now in uncharted waters.
About five weeks ago, I posted all of my digital equipment on my local Craigslist. I received a multitude of scam emails (one asking me to send the camera to the sender’s son, who was from Texas but was in Nigeria studying photography). It was time to make more serious investments in my equipment, and what I had was just not cutting it for me. About a week ago, I received an email that appeared to be legitimate. Yesterday, a young couple made a five-hour round trip with their baby, and took all of my digital camera equipment with them.
I am now down to three 35mm bodies (Pentax K1000, Ricoh KR-5 Super II, Ricoh KR-10) and a freezer full of film. I do intend to invest in more digital equipment soon, though I haven’t quite decided what it will be yet. Nikon’s old D200 is an attractive option and priced right. The other (probably more difficult) decision is lenses. It isn’t often that one gets to start from square one. Perhaps a 17mm for landscape and wide shooting and 28mm for everday use? Maybe the 28mm and a 50mm for portraits and low light shooting? What about a 55mm micro that could double as a portrait lens? It would be slower, but a micro would be a lot of fun.
“Busy, busy, busy.”
Pentax K1000 test roll, Fuji Superia 400 processed C-41, scanned and converted to grayscale.
Photography is nonlinear.
This is not new. It came from the same area as this one, but on a different day and shot on color film. I felt like experimenting with black and white with toners last night, and so I processed this as a selenium print. I think it’s a little eerie. There’s another process of this same image as a deep red-orange. I like this one better because of the juxtaposition.- the orangey autumn tones have been replaced with a monochrome in icy blue. It plays with the mind, and I like it.
Test roll in my K1000, Fuji Superia X-tra 400, digital selenium process (sorry, no darkroom).
Photography should be fun.
Sometimes it’s about high art. Sometimes it’s about progressing your art. Sometimes it’s not about art. Unless you have an exceptionally damaged personality, chances are at some point you’re going to burn out on something that isn’t fun. Enjoy your photography and have a good time out there.
Photography is juxtapositional.
Everything has two sides. This is the contrapositive of yesterday’s image in many ways. I think of it as the other side of October, which is probably my favorite time of year here. Maybe it has something to do with the juxtaposition.
If you hate this, click the right half to go back to yesterday’s. If you hated that, this might work better for you. If you hate both, at least be charitable.
As promised, this is another from the Sunday shooting. There might be something to be said for black and white digital (maybe), but I still wish I’d had a 35mm body and some T-Max 100. Oh well. The instant gratification and ease of post-processing make a compelling case, though something about it still feels cheap to me.
Pentax digital system, which has some really nice Limited primes. Really. In fact, I could use one or two. Are you listening, Pentax? Please?
Photography is seasonal.
Heading out to a trailhead on my mountain bike a few days ago, I saw this cluster of trees that were simply incredible. I shot an entire roll of film that day (I had the presence of mind to load some of the “borrowed” Fuji 400 color film I had in the fridge into my K1000 before I left), but since I don’t particularly like that film, have no idea as to the metering accuracy or light integrity of the camera, and tend to make horrible mistakes with film that I don’t pick up until days or weeks later when I see the results, I dragged the digital rig over tonight for the second “golden hour” (the hours following sunrise and preceding sunset) of the day.
I tried a few things with this shoot, and many of them didn’t work out. A few more, however, may make their way onto this site sooner or later. I find that more often than not, I go out with a specific shot or series of shots in mind, and come home with something completely different. It’s hard to say whether this is because I don’t yet have the skills to execute what my mind “sees,” because my mind doesn’t yet “see” photographs in a realistic manner, or because I get distracted by better things. As with almost anything, it is probably some combination of the three.
Film makes things interesting because there is no “this isn’t working” moment. Without the power to doubt myself, I tend to either hit hard or miss completely. For me, film isn’t just a different medium, it’s a different approach all together. The negatives should be done mid-week, and I’m curious.
The Pentax digital system has some extremely good lenses, espeically primes. I need some of these.