There’s no way I could’ve gotten it on film, both the exposure and the focus. Chris Klug – April Golden Light
On a couple of back-to-back posts, Chris mentioned that the photo that he took could not have been done with film. I disagree. I think that the could have pulled off either of the shots using film, perhaps not as easily, but it could have been done, I believe.
Now, this post is not to say that Chris doesn’t know what he is talking about; he certainly does. I just don’t think that he gave himself enough credit for the skills that he’s acquired.
This post is just another one of those pool ball shots that bank off of the walls of my brain. I wonder if, with the rise of digital technology, we are losing skills or, perhaps we are giving up skills that are no longer needed. Which is it?
One thing I can say: this shoot was one I could never have done with a film camera and prime lens. This shoot used digital and modern lenses all the way. Chris Klug – Last Rays Of Sun
I think back to my film days. Of course, as a young man of very limited budget, I always, if I could, purchased the equivalent of day-old bread, that is, I bought film that had expired or was about to. You could always count on a pretty good discount, 50% or more. Rarely was I without several rolls, or perhaps several dozen rolls of film. And, as I recall, I didn’t hesitate to experiment and bracket, bracket, bracket. It just didn’t ocurr to me to not bracket. It’s just the way that I did in tough lighting situations. Most times I got the shot, but there were those few that got away.
With digital cameras, we still need to experiment, so to speak, but there is no cost/frame to experiment, save for a few thousand pixels, which can easily be dumped and reused. As a dual shooter, this fact is not lost on me. I am a bit more cautious when shooting my film cameras, much less so than back in the day, or so my memory tells me, but I try not to be; however, the simple fact is film is a finite material. I carry only so many rolls with me AND, I am only willing to purchase/develop so many.
In the end, I guess that if one is willing to experiment and take chances, the shots can be pulled off either way. That said, I know that there are lots of points of failure for film: Reciprocity failure, color balance, film speed, etc, not to mention the inherent continuing cost.
Thanks for that food for thought, Chris!