We have all been there.... learning to accept that it is simply part of the process is key. I found fighting these fallow times to be counterproductive. Even the earth takes time off (winter) to rest and renew... and spring is so spectacular.
Don't despair, this is part and parcel of any creative process.
Consider what would happen if you tried to shoot through a period when you don't have fresh, creative ideas.... That can be very frustrating, no?
Consider also the flip side of your malady: photographer-automatons don't have this problem. They simply record everything that goes by and are equally impressed by all of it.
Why not just leave it for a time. Leave it just as you would leave your home when you go on vacation. And be confident that you will return home soon enough.
P.S. Recently I blogged here about an experience in search of "freshness"... you might have a look, it might ring a bell.
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it I certainly enjoyed remembering the experience!
What a cool story! I really enjoyed. Stirred up my travelers blood hehe. And nice pics as well.
The pictures were great and I enjoyed the show.
A lady at work who I showed the View Camera article to said she had been to the place where your shot was taken, Scott. She used to live nearby, I think.
I am like a Black Hole. Whatever stuff ( vast quantities) comes in never leaves. I am adicted to photographic gadgets.
My husband wishes that I would "unload" all of my photography stuff.
Ian, actually, what you describe agrees surprisingly well with what I said.
Obviously my factors are going to work better when the formats are closer together and the two film speeds that you are comparing are in the middle ISO range, say 100 to 800 or so.
Moreover, as I said in the blog, "a linear relationship .. will certainly fail at ISO extremes." APX 25 is an ISO extreme... what 4x5" 400 speed APX film can we even compare it to, fairly?? So we wind up comparing it to hp5+, tmax, delta 400, etc. Then it's all apples and oranges.
Anyway, that said, let's see just how "way off mark" my estimates are. Atcually I don't think it's so bad as you imply:
APX25 ->APX100 = 2 stop increase
6x9 -> 4x5 = 1 format jump
so my simple theory is off by maybe 1 stop? Pretty good, no?
As for 400 speed 5x4 being well ahead of any 35mm film, sure but again I don't think I am that far off at all, considering the size of the jump. The ratio of the area of 5x4 and 35mm films is roughly fifteen. That is huge. So that implies something like 4-stop difference on the ISO scale, i.e. ISO 400 4x5 = approximately ISO 25 in 35mm format. Again that is placing the 35mm film right on the ragged edge of what is technically possible. Realistically, to get the very best out of the ISO 25 films in 35mm format requires some special development. So, some nonlinearity doesn't surprise me at all.
Anyway.. like I said.. simple theory based on one simple assertion about amplification of noise, just to give some ballpark ideas! The idea was to give people an idea of what a format jump really does for them, in terms of detail per grain.