Daily....no, several times a day...I check out the APUG forum to see what's new, get answers to my infinite questions, and check out the galleries.
Somehow it just always costs me money.
Someone mentions trying out different colored filters on B&W film or papers and suddenly I'm googling where to buy some.
Someone else shows a picture and expresses surprise at how well and sharp the lens is on an old Kodak (..fill in the blank) and then I'm searching eBay to try
Someone started a post in the forum asking 'What are you shooting today (with..?"
I've posted to it a couple of times over the past few weeks and realized that my posts seem to be starting with, "I'm testing out....or, " trying a new film/process...", etc.
Once upon a time, I would grab my camera (yes, once upon a time it was only ONE camera) and go out to shoot something. Landscape or portrait or family gathering. My purpose was focused on the subject completely
It was going to be a hot day so I wanted to get the watering done early this morning. As I watched the sprinkler sweep left to right in front of the apple tree, I caught glimpses of a rainbow.
I moved left and right, forward and backwards, up and down, in and out, trying to find the best picture of the rainbow. Then I started to notice how the colors and contrast in the tree changed wherever the rainbow hit it as the sprinkler continued to sweep left to right.
Ok...I decide that
Today is one of those rare southern California days where the sky is a bright, beautiful blue with lots of white, cottony, clouds making for excellent photos.
I have no film.
My normal 'kit' for everyday going to work, going to the store, etc, is a digital Olympus E3 (mostly for when I need a telephoto for birding, etc) and a bag containing an old folder and an old TLR...usually a Yashica 44LM for 127. It also has an Olympus XA2 for when I might be inclined to do some
Digital is quick, easy, instant, and cheap. The image quality is excellent and the versatility of digital equipment simply cannot be matched.
Personally, I prefer film. To me it really is more about the journey than the destination. I love the whole process. And in this fast paced world of instant gratification and instant disappointment, I find it very therapeutic to slow down and take my time to really enjoy the sunset, so to speak.
Ask the gardener which he prefers,