</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Tom Duffy @ Apr 10 2003, 09:08 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>... heap irony on it by using disposible cameras. (not only have they ruined your shot, but they'll have nothing to show for it either.)
I think you're really touching on the purist vs. manipulation debate. Particularly with landscape photography, we're mostly trying to "romanticize" what we see, by shooting in warm light with saturated color film. As you point out digital makes this much easier for romantic portrature or landscape.
"Disposable" I don't mind. It could be a realy serious photographer freeing him/herself from too much dependence on really advanced, fine systems. I have an old Agfa box camera - thankfully in 120 format, that I'm going to give a "go" one of theses days.
What *really* FROSTS me is the all-too-prevalent "Digidolt" prattling about his "wunnerful" automatic everything special", out there taking photographs of the sunset and firing GN2 (@ ISO 100) flash to do it.
Now, "manipulation". We're mostly trying to "romaticize" what we see... ?
Certainly. I've been doing exactly that for years. Unless it is "News" or "Industrial" or something like "Driver's License" photography - what else are we supposed to do?
Easier to do that with "digital"? I don't think so ... comparing the work I see from both media. I don't think it is an insurmountable burden to work "digitally", but I can't see, at least from the results, where it is anything like a great advantage, either.
Good work takes a lot of ... I need a good label. In athletics, there is such a thing as "muscle memory" where, after a great deal of practice and positive reinforcement from repeated successes, one "does things right" without conscious thought to the minutia of the process. So it is with photography, after a while, one "does", without conscious thought, those things that make a "good photograph. Maybe that label should be "Aesthetic Memory"?
Anyway, I would suggest that we all "romanticize" away -
Picasso once said, "The moment you lie for the sake of beauty - you are an artist."