50p camera, flickr, Rants and discussions

Work of Art

Giants. Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. 50p camera project, Olympus XA, Kodak Tmax 400 film, Developed in LC29, scanned on Epson V500.

This post was inspired by Les.  He said that a lot of Flickr photographers don’t post a photo of a dog, unless it’s a work of art, but dogs are very much a part of many of our life’s (not a quote).

I’ve noticed on a few photography forums, that the majority of film photographers, just like digital photographers, do concentrate on quality.  Quality in terms of sharpness, exposure, depth, colour, focus, grain/noise, as well as composition.  Except for composition, most of these attributes are of technical origin.  That is good.  However, this can develop into the obsession held in modern digital photography, for technical perfection.  More megapixels, more sharpness, etc.

As photography enthusiasts, should we always obey the rules of technical perfection?  I’d argue, no.  As Les suggested, it could be more fundamental to photography, that we photograph life and our environment as we see it.  A record rather than a work of art.  That does not always mean a sharp perfect image – we don’t really see the world like that.  Our brains use our biological eyes like third rate scanners.  Much of what we think we see, has been filled in by the brain.  But we see signs, smiles, danger, sex, and … dogs (edit.  I nearly said and rock n’ roll).

In film, we are the alternative.  We have the opportunity to capture what is important, rather than to burst mode thousands of bytes of robot controlled perfection.

Dogs and animals, Rants and discussions

Capturing light in emulsions of silver

Puppy, spotted in the street and captured on the Pentax SP500 Spotmatic, loaded with Rollei Retro 400S b/w 35mm film, then home developed in Rodinal. Cropped in Gimp.

This is why I like home developed film photography.  This is why it is still worthwhile – even in the Digital Age.  Photography isn’t just about capturing the most detail, the sharpest, the full dynamic range.  It isn’t even always about perfect exposure.  It certainly isn’t about full frame sensors.

It is about love of light.

Models and themed photoshoots, Portrait, Sony DSLR A200 and Sony DT 50mm F/1.8mm SAM prime lens

Cosplayers at MCM London Comic Con – 1

MCM London Comic Con Expo 2013. Sony A200 DSLR. Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens. Post process open source UFRaw and Gimp 2.8.

Back to Digital capture in full colour!  I took my daughters to the Excel centre in London yesterday, for the MCM London Comic Con Expo event.  I’ve been to a few similar cosplay events there before, but this time I was tooled up – with digital, 35mm film, and medium format film.  Probably looked a bit of a tit amongst all of those pro togs, but I had fun, photographing the young cosplayers outside of the centre.  So far, I’ve only got the digital images ready, so I’ll kick off with the above image, with more to follow over the next few days.