I agree, content/composition is way more important than image quality. Some of my favourite pictures are ones taken with disposables or similar. Nostalgia also, is a powerful thing, I reckon it is a large factor of why so many of us still use film myself included.
David - Sorry for hijacking your thread.
I find it interesting that you mention Japan. When they first started producing and shipping cars out of their domestic market, not many people bought them. The few that did, soon found that rather than being rusty buckets of flimsy metal, they were actually really well engineered, reliable and comparatively well priced. More and more started to realise, and Japan quickly became the fastest growing automotive industry in the world.
The same thing is happening in Korea, just look at the quality of a modern Kia or Hyundai these days, especially when compared to the stuff they made ten years ago. They have caught up to everyone else and are releasing on par. The same thing will happen with China. They are currently making things on par with the early 80s domestic cars from japan, using borrowed or copied hardware. but just see how quickly they evolve into being leaders.
FotoFunDreissig: you did not hijack 'my' thread. In fact, more 'thread' keeps the garment from tearing.
But the 'facts' surrounding the perception of Japan are amazing. When I was little, Pearl Harbor was the 'reason' not to trust the (as they were pejoratively called) 'Japs'. I think that we have gone very far since then. In the mid-70s when I was living in New York I briefly worked at Marubeni Corporation and the most stupid thing that I ever did in my entire life was to leave them. (I think that my inability to mature when it was necessary to mature was my whole later problem in life.)
Their whole attitude towards people and employees was absolutely amazing to behold and there was not a single day I worked for them (in the then Pan Am building atop Grand Central Terminal) when I was not treated with dignity. I do hate the Japanese whale hunting but I love how I was treated by them. The problem with the USA is that we think that we are the 'standard' of everything under the sun. We cannot be: we do not even know how to embrace other cultures (unlike how the British always did in their Colonial history). - David Lyga
There's also the learning curve, I've used PS enough to know it is not and never will be a joy for me to use, unlike darkroom work. And digital does not result in a hand-crafted product (such as a mounted contact print from an 8x10 negative).
I think we all wish we took photos like david la chapelle or whoever you guys might aspire to like.
David - I have been lucky to spend quite a lot of time in Japan, and I must say, their attitude towards other people is amazing.
Everywhere you go people want to help you. especially if like me you are tall and blonde. lol
Seriously though, they are generally captivated by westerners, and as long as you are polite you will be guaranteed a great time anywhere you go. The food IMO is the best there is, and man is it ever one place you need definitely take a camera. Everything there looks cool.
If i had the chance I would live there for sure. Being that I live in Western Australia, where you average night out results in one of your friends being attacked, I can easily deal with some occasional business shake downs by yakuza, if it means I get to experience their legendary hospitality.
E van Hoegh - totally, I can understand not only the cost involved with digital putting you off, also how Photoshop does not allow much enjoyment.
I dont use photoshop personally but even Lightroom is just a relatively soul-less method of altering processing. I have only recently started with digital and haven't really give a whole lot of time into post processing. I am only really doing such at all because I am working on a blog to showcase efforts of myself and friends. Really I like the organic feel of developing, washing, drying photos and physical manifestation of your work as a result, and as you know, you can always scan the images afterwards. Couldn't Agree more.
What does Mr. Sarac think of the Japanese-made Contax G Zeiss lenses?