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    Going back to real photography

    I am on the brink of returning to my darkroom,the dark, the developers and the smell of fixer. Digital is magic and can result in stunning pictures but they are not the product of my skill. I will never forget my first print emerging in the tray, and my first good print some time later.
    I am in awe of the vast knowledge of subscribers on this site and wonder why they stick to this peculiar, messy long winded method of making pictures ?

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    Roger,

    me too, Networker, Cluster,*nix-administration and architect.

    Nothing in my free time can bring me in front of a terminal. If I imagine all the hours over hours I would have to spend in front of a screen to re-invent everything with Pooshop to reach only 25% of the skills I already have ...perhaps only to notice I have to wait a few more years for the technique still to be developed ...


    Horst
    everything becomes more worse. one thing becomes better: the moral becomes more worse.

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    Back to the Darkroom

    As an old Irish Newspaper Press photographer said shortly before he died, 'There is nothing like the smell of the darkroom with it's Stop-bath and Whisky!' Amen

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    +1 to that!
    "He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.

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    I just had to re-read most of this entire thread. I finally sold my two Nikon D300 bodies and I am down to one Nikon F100 film body now with a pair of prime lenses. I always liked a 35, 50 and 85 prime lens combination over the years. I am awaiting the newest Nikon 35mm F1.8G for FX to complete my newest lens kit. I have been agonizing about not having a digital body right now but after reading this thread again, it hardly makes sense to agonize while I can shoot film like I always used to. As a matter of fact, I recently shot a friend's wife's birthday party with two rolls of Portra 36 exposures and some of the same party with a friend's digital Fuji S5 body. The Fuji, which is supposed to be so great for color wasn't in this case. I don't want that camera now. I am convincing myself that film is real photography for me. Digital was mostly "snapshots" in comparison. Maybe digital is too easy. I like the manipulation that can be done on a model in post processing with digital but film, especially B&W, is real photography and it always has been. for me.

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    The latest is that I just developed another four rolls of T-Max film using T-Max developer. I find that ISO 400 is useful to have around as I can push it whenever necessary. I will be making proofsheets using my Canon scanner and inverting in Photoshop to see them as positives. I purchased a used Nikon D7000 body (DX) locally thru Craigslist and I settled on buying a new Nikon 35mm F1.8G (DX) lens.
    Nikon F100, D7000, 35mm F1.8G (DX), 85mm F1.8G, 50mm F1.8G.

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