I rotate my screensaver frequently, a friend noticing the above photo wanted a closer look and was impressed with the IQ, doubly so when I mentioned it was taken with a “vintage” Takumar lens.
He kind of smiled and said “does it get any sharper than that” – more of a declaration than a question.
Rhetorical in a sense if I were inclined to spend megabucks for a lens that could run into the hundreds or even tens of hundreds of dollars, and I suppose it could if I wanted to cook it in an editing program, but I’m of the minimalist approach, less is better, and if the image won’t stand on it’s own in the beginning it isn’t a keeper.
I made the predictable mistakes when first beginning in film, and once made not much you can do about it, so film became a precious commodity with the emphasis on getting it right – an advantage digital has over film with bracketing and the auto modes.
I forgo auto modes and stay with manual or aperture priority (which is an auto mode in itself when you get down to it) or manual – with manual being ninety percent plus of what I use.
Having learned enough about photography I enjoy film much more than I did when starting out, confident enough to push the limits and not worry about how it will turn out.
Did I use the right settings etc, was the camera steady enough, and always on the scout for a “deal” on film – just something about it, the honesty maybe.
I know people who are film purists, always going on about digital as though it were an unwanted foundling – fair enough if that’s where they’re at, and may have been true in the early days of digital but not anymore.
These same people won’t hesitate to snap a photo with their cellphone, that would be a digital photo, and like the convenience of it, the contradiction apparently lost on them.
On the flip side of the coin I know those who wouldn’t even think about going near film – both are losing something in my opinion.
Bottom line for me is activating the shutter, whether it is on an SLR or a DSLR my focus is the same – I know what I’m shooting and how I want it to look – honest.
I do some of the layering and manipulation at times, but I view that as an entirely different creative process, and the first to say a well done HDR photo can be a thing to behold – too often they appear cartoonish or over the top for me. But well done? That’s another story.
This photo is something I took some time ago in another location, I hung onto it because I liked the color …… satisfying that a friend would like it also.
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