Friday, 22 May 2009

Taking Your Time With Film

You may have read on “the tao of film and its delectable hold on me” about how much I enjoyed putting a roll of film through my good old FM2. Well, the wait is over and the film was developed. I can tell you, there is nothing like holding a roll of velvia 50 to the light table! The saturation and crispness of the colours are something to behold.

So I sent a few off to be scanned at the lab and have now received them back, almost a month after actually taking the images! How would the digital techno handle this kind of delay?!
The scans were beautiful and the star trail I did was about 500mb in size! Detail right into the deepest, dark corner- and not a dot of noise… In this aspect, film still beats digital. Think about it, taking a long exposure on a digital camera, you open the shutter for 30 minutes. For the whole duration of those 30 min, the sensor is receiving an electric current to each and every pixel, which in turn is trying to record a specific light intensity.

So I tend to forgive the digital cameras somewhat when the resulting image looks like a grainy speckled scene that looks like it was hammered with the charcoal filter in Photoshop!

Saying that, I did use the D3 for a 30 min star trail this last weekend and the resulting image was one that really impressed me, so I am holding thumbs for the future. But for now, film at night is a beautiful thing!
So here are a few images that were all taken with the old, fully manual, dinosaur of a camera. Straight scans, with a slight tweak to lighten them a bit. Not bad for a medium that is considered obsolete by most camera people in this world. I for one wont be putting the film camera away right now.

The fig tree was taken on film and the yellow sky rock is with the Nikon D3. Not bad either way you look at it. I look forward to more!

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