We flew back to Auckland this afternoon, welcomed by dark clouds and rain, the long weekend was over. Just before landing, above the rain clouds, there was a marvelous potential shot looking out across a cloudscape. I pulled out my Fed (also hoping to finish my film), but was warned by the flight attendant I could not use my camera. In the short moment I had, I tried to explain it was 1. not digital, 2. not electronic (not even a lightmeter battery), so 3. not breaching any of their digital regulations we felt she was suggesting. My lesson from today was not to have a front seat. Never mind!
In the small flat we live in, I built some plant boxes to grow some vegetables. Growing up we always had fresh veges from the garden, and I only recently tried my hand at green fingers growing. Earlier this week when heading off to work I spotted the first of the broccoli heads starting to sprout…all very exciting from a Jr gardener perspective. Armed with the Ricoh, I got up close and took this shot of it popping its head up.
Shooting mostly with film over the weekend (apart from my WordPress mobile phone images) was fun and relaxing. I’m yet to see how it all went, but thats part of the excitement we loose with digital. As many others state, I took some more time setting up the image, whenever possible, and had to really think about exposure and aperture values as I didnt have a lightmeter. If I manage to finish the film this week, I’ll aim to develop it next weekend.
You’re right, there is a lot of charm you lose when shooting digital. The spontaneity and the mystery goes out the window.
I definitely don’t take much care when setting up a shot. I know I can click a hundred shots and there will be something in there that is usable. It’s probably not the smartest way to take photos, but at least it’s only time. I feel like I learn a lot while experimenting with aperture, shutter speed and zoom/distance. This kind of experimentation would be a lot harder and more expensive to do with film.
Thanks for your comment! It really is a catch 22. With digital, in clicking the hundreds of shots – as is the norm- you will get the shot, as you say.You loose the mystery and suspense…but you get the shot! Its very easy to romantisise over film and forget that shot that ‘could have been’ if it wasnt for exposure, focus etc etc.When I think of the films I went through when learning on my first SLR, and compare that to the amount of learning one can do (at not cost per shot) on a DSLR (or any digital), its just a different world. If I had to choose only one camera (and im very happy I dont), it would be digital now days.