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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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    Quote Originally Posted by freddjos View Post
    I found this site, read some posts, wrote this response, and got my questions answered
    Welcome home.
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    The camera catches light. The photographer catches life.

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    And from me too! Get plenty of good books to inspire you and you're away
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberspider View Post
    i cant get the HD images i could with my digital i had
    but i think thats more me than camera

    i 500 shots and then delete the rubbish ones

    with film you take more time to pick your shot and think more about what your shooting for me
    Didn't we talk the same way back when about the problems with 35mm and folks just becomming "gunners" with motor drives to get one out of 36 good pic's vs the "real" photographers using sheet or 120? I guess it comes around again.

    And HDR,,, Humm,,, wasn't there some old guy that could play a piano pretty well that came up with HDR for film? (I just kill me some days ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grif View Post
    Didn't we talk the same way back when about the problems with 35mm and folks just becomming "gunners" with motor drives to get one out of 36 good pic's vs the "real" photographers using sheet or 120? I guess it comes around again.

    And HDR,,, Humm,,, wasn't there some old guy that could play a piano pretty well that came up with HDR for film? (I just kill me some days ;-)

    someone has to be the ugly-cousin ..
    if it isn't one thing it's another

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    Large Format and the Canon 5D

    Here's a little animation I put together about my approach to photography.

    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7588651/

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    Quote Originally Posted by tubetime View Post
    Here's a little animation I put together about my approach to photography.

    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7588651/
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    Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Film is amazing and I'm glad I'm part ofthe dark side.

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    You cannot resist the power of the darkslide
    "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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    The Joys of Film

    I look on in amazement at digital photographers at weddings. They take a shot during the dancing, then stop to examine the digital image they just made - "was it good or should I delete it?" During those five-or-so seconds of examination he's missed one or two important one-chance-only shots. Because he's too busy doing in real-time what should be his post-production winnowing.

    I've shot weddings for friends - either as the only or as a secondary photographer. Using film, I did not have the opportunity - nor the distraction - of trying to figure out if the last shot should be deleted. Instead, I would be concentrating on getting the right shots, watching the action and being ready to grab the shot. I used my experience in setting the f-stop, speed, depth-of-field - and bracketing as well - to be prepared. And then to keep shooting as the action dictated. I left my "is it good or is it not good" soliloquy for when I got the prints back from the lab and discarded those that were not up to standard. But as I had kept shooting I almost always had a "good" version of any "bad" shot.

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    I've noticed what you describe so many times as well!
    "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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