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| p.1 #15 · To film users, a question |
To the Op...why shoot film, what are you missing?
The experience. And I don't mean to be flip about it. Many film shooters started a long time ago, it's what we grew up with, learned the art of photography with, formalized our style with. As for myself, my journey began in 1970 with a 35mm rangefinder and a roll of Kodachrome 25 and Ilford Pan F..
Old habits die hard, that's part of the picture certainly. But there's also a discipline shooting film, you don't shoot a few hundred to get perhaps one, it's a slower process. And for me, it's still fun on occasion to give myself only 36 shots to paint a story feeling, happening. There's also anticipation of image, did you capture/compose what that moment felt like, what your minds eye registered, and the wait to find out if you succeed And film, the whole lot from negative to slide, each has a different look and skill to shoot, expose correctly. It's a dying art...
I know it perhaps sounds odd, crazy...for the only digital shooter, don't get me wrong, I love digital capture, the freedom it gives you and of course the cost is pretty cheap.. You can do the math, I've had a camera in hand for over 40 years, the last five included digital as well and shooting both won't stop until film is no longer produced/processed.
I agree with the other film shooters' scanners, post processing and printing comments. Film is part of me, it's still fun to shoot, to wait...for the surprised
Yes I understand this as I used to shoot film, a lot of film back in the day. It's been almost 10 years since I have shot a frame of film and I've forgotten a lot.