Reading this fascinating thread, these 2 quotes leaped out at me because the reflect the analog dilemma most clairvoayantly:
Originally Posted by jscott
I have very limited darkroom experience but agree that the experience is critical. I remember the days (1990's...I'm not that old) when I had a decent relationship with a good photo store who processed my film and listened to my print requests. They had a plethora of checkboxes on their envelopes for the no-nothing point-and-shooter to the pro, and I too advantage. I shot Rollei 35 and Nikon F with decent glass as a young "prosumer". Swallowed up in digital later, I now realize that all my photos taken since look essentially the same compared to my earlier analog shots which are abundant with character. Turning pages, my older photo albums crackle with difference and energy depending on which film I happened to have in the camera, which camera, grain, etc. It's a wonderful journey.
Originally Posted by Portellini
That's been lost with digital. I love the absolute clarity digital gives me, but I feel like I am driving through the same suburb when looking at my shots. There's no quirkiness; no randomness; and digital being so unforgiving with mistakes, no quirky salvations. I like to hold prints as much as online sharing. In fact, the real joy of analog is in the print for me, but that is a process I never did.
I do not have the time for a scanner and am loathe to spend more time in front of a computer screen. And with no darkroom experience, space for, or time to learn I feel that jumping back into film is a real test. Last summer I took my Minolta X-500 and gear out with Ektar 100 and was very impressed with the results, manual focus and all! Did the same with my Olympus 35 RC and was again impressed. I then bought an incredible bargain Mamiya 645e and am looking to leverage my composition and exposure skills with the MF format, preferably in B&W, but am stymied by how to get to the print stage effectively and affordably without it becoming a part-time job
Anyway, terrific, inspiring thread.
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