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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    I suggest you slow down and reduce your output if you are after quality, no one can take 540 meaningful photographs in a weekend let alone afford the film.
    Maybe he's channeling Winogrand.

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    No!

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    Fifteen films is exceptional, ten is the average if I'm working on a project. About half are portraits on 120, the others are 'street' or documentary photographs on 35mm. Not exceptional to cover a subject I won't have the chance to record again.
    I rue the days I shot one film a week and the images I missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockend View Post
    I rue the days I shot one film a week and the images I missed.
    The regret gets worse as you get older! Be thankul you recognize it now. That's why I always tell people to stop the incessant testing and get out and take pictures. There will come a day when you are no longer able to take photographs.

    Jerry
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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    Contact sheets not useful? You have to be joking. Make the contact prints on the same paper you normally print on. Always at the same enlarger height, f/stop, exposure time, lens, and without contrast filter. It is a wonderful check to make sure we're fully understanding the lighting conditions and subsequent alterations to film processing, making negatives that print with ease when the time comes to make an 11x14.
    To me a contact sheet is invaluable. It's the only way I can tell with certainty, without a densitometer, how I am doing with exposure and processing and whether I need to make adjustments or not. Making negatives that print easily guarantees less waste of paper. With Ilford Warmtone being $135 for a 50-sheet box of 11x14 today, that's worth a lot to me.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
    The regret gets worse as you get older! Be thankul you recognize it now. That's why I always tell people to stop the incessant testing and get out and take pictures. There will come a day when you are no longer able to take photographs.

    [Underline emphasis is mine. -KN]
    These are very, very wise words...

    Ken
    "When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."

    — Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932

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    I confess my contact sheets are on the cheapest resin coated multigrade paper I can find, but they're still invaluable. If an image jumps out at 36 x 24mm it's definitely worth printing. Not being very organised digitally, I suspect it'll be easier to find a photograph in twenty or thirty years (if I'm still around) than source the appropriate card, stick, disc or whatever transient technology is in favour.

    Judging by the images I took in the 1970s I had no idea which would become important to me and others now, as areas were cleared for redevelopment but I should certainly have covered more.

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