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The Story: Shooting Digital Like Film

LongCanyonTree_FinalCrop

First the Quote from Frank H. Wu on 35mmc:

“The lesson to be learned about life is that we, or at least I, do not appreciate as much what I have been given as what I have had to bargain for. I earn my film photos. I have to be able to afford it. That means repeatedly. Each and every satisfying click and whirr is a few pennies, which must be in the pocket. I am automatically averse to waste.”

The conclusion is that His film photos are always personally more satisfying (and often objectively better) than His digital images.

My best photos are definitely film.  One of last year’s successes IS digital (shown above), but I planned and captured the image like it was film.  I saw the potential image, walked around the scene looking for the best angles, made three images; taking into consideration how I might crop the final images as well.  And THINKING like a film photographer avoids Waste.  For a digital Photographer, the “waste”  is all that time you spend in front of the computer sorting through hundreds of images that you would never use. For any given scene, when shooting film I have at most 4-5 images to sort through.  If you think film is expensive, what is all that time you spend in Lightroom or Photoshop worth?  The most I do in Photoshop is adjust the contrast and brightness for posting online.  In the (real) Darkroom  I do the film tests and adjust the Contrast using filters.  Of course, if I have used the proper contrast filter and exposure when capturing the image, adjustments will be straight forward.  Hmmmm……I’m feeling that I need to write a post on Contrast Filters,  coming soon!

 

IR at Mission Santa Barbara

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Digital IR @ Mission Santa Barbara.  I saw these four blooming Century Plants and though they would make a nice IR Study.  Now that they have bloomed, they will die.  But look at the image on the left (below), they already have some baby plants started.  I’d estimate about 10 years old from the size.  So it will be a while before they bloom.  We won’t be here to see it.

Below:  The same perspective in natural color.

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One Image, Four Crops

I’m showing my final choice first:

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I went through several steps.  The Full Frame image is in the upper left, and proceeding clockwise through my steps. First removing some of the excess sky but keeping both trees and the curves; then removing the secondary tree to make a tighter composition; still not liking the sky; removing the sky from the single tree, but cutting out too much of the curve. Finally, settling on the cropped version I liked, deciding that I wanted more of the of the road, which had attracted me in the first place.

Then I took a second look and decided that maybe Crop #3 had some redeeming qualities.  Hmmmmmmm………

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Background:  I’ve been experimenting with Infrared Films.  Those that survive, that is.  After much frustration, and seeing my husband’s success with the digital infrared conversion (Nikon-1 mirrorless camera) I opted to have a camera converted to full spectrum for my Christmas Present.  Infrared Images are the only digital B&W I will post on this site.  ot a judgement, just my preference.  Film Experiments and Discussion Posted Here.