Monday Morning Coffee

I have only been practicing photography full time for a few years now.  Before this I worked in construction.  And I took pictures with my film cameras and eventually digitals only as a hobby.  I like what I do now more even though I make much less money.  Photographs have always been fascinating to me both from a technical aspect and an artistic one.  I can geek out on equipment with the best of them but I have learned to keep that at bay, knowing that the newest and best gear will not by necessity make me a better photographer.  In fact, I am coming to the conclusion that the digital age in photography is ruining the craft.  Yes, with histograms and little screens on the backs of our cameras it is easier to make technically better pictures but at the same time photography is becoming more and more homogenized.  Everyone is doing the same thing.  Me included.  Yuck!  I am not swearing off digital as the devil.  I just think film is better for a lot of reasons.

I am going to spend more time with my old Nikon FE film camera and perhaps the N80.  Why?  Because it isn’t easy.  Because it makes me think about exposure.  Because film costs money so I won’t be as tempted to shoot a bunch of crap that will later be deleted.  Film is where its at.  So starting this week I am going to have a blog post on Fridays titled Film Fridays.  I plan on posting a scan from a negative, color or black and white, and discussing it.  Don’t know how far this will go but I intend to at least make the film photography part a long term project.  I invite comments on this.  It is my intent to learn and become a better photographer.  And I want to share what I learn along the way.  Perhaps someone else will get something out of this as well.  And maybe I will start to make better pictures instead of the digital garbage I pollute the world with now.

And just because this is a photography blog, here is the included picture for this post.  Taken with a Nikon N80 on TMax 400 B&W film.

This is Tuckerman Ravine with Mt. Washington in the clouds on the right.  My wife and children have explicit instructions to leave my ashes here when I die.  My favorite spot on the planet.

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3 Comments to “Monday Morning Coffee”

  1. film gives an additional challenge in photography, you don’t see instant results and you can be pleasantly surprised when they are developed

  2. Tuckerman Ravine is a beautiful location. You’ve picked a nice resting place for your ashes.

    Thanks for sharing.

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