Balloons

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Balloon Girl (Orlando, USA)

One item that caught my eye while at Disney World was the balloons.  Really there is nothing better for a color camera to grab than some bright balloons.  If they happen to be in Disney even better because the people selling the balloons are dressed in some great costumes.

The trip was great and it gave me a chance to relax which after the last few months was really needed.  I disconnected so completely that I also did not bother to update this blog.  So for those of you who are still with me please forgive the hiatus.

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Balloons & Flag (Orlando, USA)

One of the wonderful things about Disney is that it is a fire and forget kind of vacation.  You just show up, tickets in hand and they take care of the rest.  Everything is supremely organized so you can just relax and enjoy the show.  For those of you who are going through periods of stress in your life this is a great solution.

I will talk a little about the vacation and share some of the pictures I took.  I also had a run in with a famous person…ok at least he is famous in my book.  But more on that later.

Developing Film

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Balloons (Orlando, Florida) F3 HP5: Here is a shot I took in Disney. Got to love Balloons!

After a few months of planning and a bunch of preparation and reading I have finally completed the development of my first rolls of film!  Yes, in this digital age I have gone analog.  I still have not embraced the darkroom but I have to admit I have been bitten by the analog bug.

I won’t justify this jump into the past since it is all about a hobby, having fun and learning as much as I could.  I ordered the chemicals before Christmas but due to the rush they were not sent until the end of December and arrived just before we were to leave on our Disney Vacation.

When I came back I developed three rolls of Ilford HP5 Plus in 35mm (135) and then one roll of HP5 in 220.  Aside from some issues loading the first and second roll onto the reels everything went very smoothly.  I am getting some heavy grain which I need to compare with other rolls of HP5 that I had professionally processed.

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Learning How F3 (Perth, Australia)

For those of you interested in taking this leap I can recommend three sources of great information.  The first one simplifies the process down enough to make it look like baking cookies.  And it is just like baking cookies.  Get the ingredients, temperature and time right and you are set for some sugary goodness.

Take a look at this guys site.  Well written, very informative and he shares some great creative ideas.  The link below is for the development page but if you like it I recommend the page on the importance of a notebook.

Inconspicuosity

The second site is The Art of Photography.  I have mentioned this site before and he has a few good videos on the “Minimalist Darkroom”.  Nice, easy and too the point.

The Art of Photography

The final one is the best YouTube video I have seen covering the development process.  If you want a one stop shop to see everything from A to Z have a look below.

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Disney World Trip

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Fishermen In Cottesloe (Cottesloe, Australia): D800 24-70mm shot at f/8, 1/10sec & ISO 400. This is a shot I captured over the weekend. I love the color in this one. No saturation applied.

So the family and I decided to start 2015 with a quick trip to Disney World.  We have been there before, but it was before Gabriel was born and with him turning close to 5 we thought it a good time to go again.  While there I expect to have four kids as I am fully expecting my wife to revert back to childhood.

At first I was a bit disappointed as I really did not see much options to photography in Disney World.  I had decided that aside from a few pictures of the kids there would be nothing else to really capture.  I then began to think about all the people, families with kids, just like mine, all getting together to have some fun.

That got me thinking of some potentially good street photography images that I could capture.  I have decided to take my Olympus OMD-EM5 and my Nikon F3 camera.  I have ordered an adaptor to be able to use my OM film lenses on the OMD which opened up my lens options considerably.

In terms of digital lenses for the Micro 4/3 OMD I have three lenses.

  • 14-50mm Kit lens (on 35=28-100mm)
  • 45mm f/1.8 (on 35=90mm)
  • 17mm f/2.8 (on 35=34mm)

This really did not give me much options and I was looking at spending some more money to get another lens.  I then realized that Olympus (and various third party companies) make a simple adaptor so the OM lenses can fit onto the Micro 4/3 cameras!

So I pulled out the Olympus Zuiko lenses I have for my OM-1 and OM-2 cameras.  I have the following lenses ready to go:

  • 28mm f/2.8 (on OMD=56mm)
  • 35mm f/2.8 (on OMD=70mm)
  • 50mm f/1.8 (on OMD=100mm)
  • 75-150mm f/4 (on OMD=150-300mm)
  • 135mm f/3.5 (on OMD=270mm)

This gives me plenty in terms of range with my OMD lenses covering the wider angles and the OM lenses covering the middle range.  I will probably leave the 135mm lens at home and take the other four.

This gives me some small lenses which is perfect for shooting some street photography shots.  I am thinking of taking my Nikon F3 because I have also bought an adaptor that allows me to use my OM lenses on the Nikon F mount.  I thought it would be fun to give it a try.

So lets see what Disney looks like behind some excellent Olympus glass!

Too Easy

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Post & Field (Entre Rios, Argentina): D800 70-200mm shot at 135mm, f/2.8, 1/350sec & ISO 100.

As I sat discussing my recent aversion to mainstream photography with my wife, I explained that I was finding myself going away from contemporary photographers in order to find works that really spoke to me.   I was having to vocalize it for the first time and as I thought of a way to explain how I felt it suddenly occurred to me that I did not like the simplicity in todays photography.

Now before everyone goes up in arms arguing that contemporary photographers have more talent, ability and artistic eye than I ever will let me stop you there.  I would agree completely.  This has nothing to do with ability.

I also realize that todays photography is very complex and much of it would be impossible with film age technology.  What I am not referring to the technical difficulty of capturing an image but rather how easy it is for the viewer to consume it.  I can glance at hundreds of images captured today and very few will make me stop and think.

I am finding an enjoyment in pictures that are a little less obvious and more thought out.  Even landscapes, which used to excite me no longer hold my attention.  But looking at some of Ansel Adams work and I sit, spellbound.

 

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Moonrise Hernandez Early Print

The image above is from Ansel Adams in a picture called Moonrise Hernandez and it is an amazing shot.  While I am not a fan of all of Ansel Adams work this image is absolute perfection.    The dark sky providing the negative space, the bright crosses in the cemetery and the wonderfully lit clouds in the back.  It is not a “slap you in the face amazing” because it takes time to see it completely.

I have already started my study on Paul Strand and am learning a great deal.  I was lucky in that the first photographer I chose to look into has a great deal written about him.  This has made it easy to get historical information on him.  I am now slowly going through his body of work to understand what he shot and then I will distill those down to my favorite images and I will deconstruct those.

Week 1: Photo Deconstruction

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Lips Mate (Perth, Australia): OMD 12-50mm shot at 86mm, f/6.3, 1/100sec & ISO 1600.

Every weekend morning my wife and I wake up and follow the traditions of my family by making mate.  For those of you unlucky souls who have never developed a taste for this incredible green tea I feel for you.  There is something warm, soothing and friendly about mate that cannot be found in any other beverage.

It is not just the warm bitter taste, or the caffeine that slowly enters you.  It is more about the physical act of sharing it with someone you cherish.  You see mate is drank from a single metal straw which is inserted into the tea.  The gourd is passed from person to person and the same straw is used.

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Good Morning (Perth, Australia): OMD 14-50mm shot at 44mm, f/6.3, 1/13sec & ISO 4000. Here boiling water is poured into the mate to wet the “yerba” or tea.  The gourd is wrapped in leather with a silver top and stainless straw.  To make one properly takes a bit of practice and occasionally, just occasionally it comes out perfect.  This is when the moment with a loved one is elevated from a conversation to an intimate exchange.

This is not something done with strangers.  It is something done with good friends and family.  It is not something sophisticated but rather intimate.

So for my first week picture I decided to take an image of what mate is all about and I failed utterly but I did capture an image that I liked.  The reason for the failure is that mate is about sharing and in this image I am alone.

As I awoke this Saturday morning I brought a kettle to a boil and prepared the mate.  I then sat to wait for my wife to join me and took out my Olympus OMD with the 14-50mm lens.  This has a Macro option which allowed me to shoot very close.  I chose auto ISO and aperture priority.  It took me about ten tries to get this just the way I wanted to.

I wanted an image of just my lips and the metal mate straw.  Geometrically I like the parallel between my upper lip and the window and how the curve of the window matches the curve of my upper lip.

Post processing saw me crop the image a bit because I like when images begin and end in the corners of the shot.  I believe this makes it easy for my eye to follow from one end to the other.  In the B&W conversion I wanted some darker tones and less clarity or sharpness.  I needed warmer tones to reflect the intimacy of the tea.

I would have preferred to capture a bit more of my bottom lip but try as I might I could not get the camera angle right.  I will need to try it on someone else to see if I can capture it properly.

And that is it.  There is my first weekly shot and deconstruction.

Inspiration & Style

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Storm Coming In (Entre Rios, Argentina): D800 24-70mm shot at 70mm, f/8, 1/250sec & ISO 100.

Recently the only pictures I have been happy with is that of my family.  I have been turning my camera towards them allot recently for a variety of reasons but the fundamental reason is that I have lost inspiration to shoot other things.  It is not a lack of energy or curiosity it is that even when I picture the final image I cannot seem to get excited about it.

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Post & Horse (Entre Rios, Argentina): D800 70-200mm shot at 90mm, f/2.8, 1/60sec & ISO 100.

This rut I have termed a crisis of style.  Photographers develop their own style and when they see others shooting a similar style they should be inspired by it.  When I look to mainstream photography these days I am not.  But when I look at the Masters of Black & White photography I am really inspired.

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Wheel (Entre Rios, Argentina): D800 70-200mm shot at 86mm, f/2.8, 1/250sec & ISO 100.

This is what has driven two of my resolutions in 2015 and I really have one site to thank for that.  As explained in a previous post I have discovered The Art of Photography site and YouTube videos which have introduced me to the photos of Masters such as Paul Strand, Josef Koudelka, Robert Doisneau and Richard Avedon.  When I look at their photography I get excited, much more so then when I look at their contemporaries today.

Below is one of the shows that really inspired me to look again at my photography.

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Looking at some of their work I have gone back through some images of a trip to Argentina in April and processed images that I thought were not worthwhile a few months ago.  While they are not wonderful images they have made me happier than most other images I have captured recently.

Welcome 2015 and New Resolutions!

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Cattle (Entre Rios, Argentina): D800 24-70mm shot at 70mm, f/8, 1/125sec & ISO 400. This is an image I captured back in April on my trip to Argentina. I just recently processed some of these images and am trying some new styles.

Happy New Year everyone!  

At work I use a Moleskin notebook to take notes.  A medium sized one lasts me about six months and there is nothing as satisfying as starting a new notebook.  It represents a new beginning or birth and a chance to do things right.  To leave cares and concerns, disappointments and regret behind and start unburdened into the future.  Well my Moleskin has one blank page left in it and, almost as if on cue, the year ends and just like starting with my new Moleskin reinvigorates me at work, so to does the new year inject new energy into my life and passions.

And so I turn to photography and wonder what I want out of 2015.  But before I go into that let me take a look at what my resolutions were in 2014 and what grade I got.

#1: I believe that shooting in film will teach me some fundamentals that I may have missed by jumping straight into digital.

I knocked this resolution out of the park!  I have a bunch of film rolls under my belt and have loved this particular path down my photographic eduction.  Resolutions PASSED.

#2 I need to go through the images that I have taken and build my portfolio.

Ok this is a LONG way off.  The problem I encountered is a bit of a identity crisis late in 2014.  The photos that used to excite me now seem so dull and boring.  I look at the mainstream “greats” and I have no desire to shoot like them.  The inspiration they used to fill me with has disappeared.  If I put together a portfolio today it would have five or six images that I am happy with…this would be too depressing to attempt.  Resolution FAILED.

#3 My goal is simply to have 3 go-to lighting setups and 5 go-to poses.

No where close.  Film has been the single new path I have had time to explore and adding light to it would be far too complicated for lowly me.  Resolution FAILED.

#4 I have often heard about micro-focus tuning your lenses.

COMPLETED!  Yup you got that right and you can see the post HERE.  Resolution PASSED.

#5 Color Calibration is something I have postponed for some time.

COMPLETED!  Yup you got that right and I will be putting up a post about it this week!  Resolution PASSED.

#6 My goal for 2014 is to not buy any gear.

Ok this was a bit more difficult than I had imagined.  You see the search through the genre of film introduced me to old cameras which would be purchased for a song.  I could not be expected to learn film photography with a single film camera!  Could I?  Resolution FAILED.

Total score:  3/3 or 50%.  That is a failing grade in school but once you look at the average resolution success rate then I just might pass on the curve….

Ok so what do I want out of 2015?

#1 Turn to the masters.  Learn about six Master Photographers in 2015.  

This means to study a single master for two months or so.  My goal is to read at least one book on them and to understand five of their most celebrated works.  I would like to deconstruct their images and see what made them Masters.  I have not made my list yet and may just leave it open to jump from one to another.  I have decided on the first Master I will study…Paul Strand.

I will write a bit about what I learn about on the blog but will not go into too much detail.  This is a personal quest and one that I need to make largely on my own.

#2 Learn to develop film.

This one has been born of necessity…ok and curiosity.  Each time I go to my local lab to process my film it seems to cost me a ton.  By a ton I mean something in the order of $30 for a roll with some small 4×6 prints.  I will start developing B&W film this year to help cut down on the cost and to learn a bit about the process.

#3 Shoot people.

Most of my shots are of family or of scenes without people.  Street Photography is daunting because it really puts the photographer out there.  We risk bothering people, making them angry and causing them to worry about our intentions.  Is any hobby worth that?

There must be a way to take candid shots of people in a non-threatening manner.  I will see if I can find one and will happily share any secrets I find.

#4 Shoot personal projects.

I never really give myself and project and usually just shoot what I run into.  I would like to add some purpose to my photography this year.  One project I would like to do is to take a roll of 120 film and my Hasselblad and photograph what the city of Perth means to me.  One roll, one city in one day.  The last bit is key…I want to see if it is possible to shoot a roll, develop the film and make a print in a single day.

#5 Overcome the crisis and define my style.  Then select a portfolio of 20 images.

Yes this is a resurrection of the past resolution.  I still believe in the value of this process and really would like to go through it.

#6 Shoot once a week.  Think of it as a Project 52 tracked in a notebook.  

In 2014 there were a couple of months where I did not shoot a single picture.  I want to change that.  I have a Micro Four Thirds camera and some small film cameras I can take on business trips with me.  In a pinch I have my iPhone but to be clear I need to shoot at least a single useable image per week and deconstruct it.

I will start a photo diary to cut and paste my weekly images, deconstruct them and also take notes on the Master Photographers I am learning about.  Looks like time for another Moleskin.

Well that is it.  Six new photography related resolutions.  My goal is to do them all or at least beat my 50% record of last year!

Have a great New Year and may the best of times in 2014 be the worst of times in 2015.

 

Pushing My Photography too Far

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Wake from Dream (Kutna Hora, Czech): D800 24-70mm shot at 70mm, f/13, 1/60sec & ISO 100. I wanted to grab a bit of sun flare and try to get some lens reflections. I wanted some texture to be clear around Mary. I wanted the composition to be a bit haphazard but the key elements to be visible.  I followed the rule of thirds but then tilted the camera a bit.  

For awhile now I have been getting a bit tired of mainstream photography.  The standard pictures that you can find all over Google searches or what is discussed at various photography courses.  I find that as photography has gone from the exclusive realm of artists and photojournalists and been taken to every suburb in America we lose a bit of the individuality that can make photography great.

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Prague Morning Fog (Prague, Czech): D800 24-70mm shot at 48mm, f/6.7, 1/180sec & ISO 100. I wanted to capture a bit of the fog that covered the city in the morning. I worked to get a human element there to help show scale and my post processing reduced clarity and saturation on everything but the statue.

I have a great deal to learn about all types of photography even what I am calling “mainstream” photography.  But I am losing interest in becoming better at taking what millions of people are doing.  I am interested in trying something that is a bit off mainstream including going back to film and also taking my digital photography in different directions.

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Man Shooting (Prague, Czech Rep): D800 70-200mm shot at 102mm, f/4, 1/180sec & ISO 100. Here I wanted to break some of my standard composition rules and capture this man dressed in dark clothing against the white tiles of the floor.  

The challenge is that when we push ourselves out of our standard photographic style we can come up with crap.  But photographic crap can be a good thing so long as we learn from what we are doing.  Pick up the good and leave the bad.  The images I am sharing here today are some images I have taken while pushing my style a bit.

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Roads after Dark (Perth, Australia): D800 70-200mm shot at 116mm, f/8, 15sec & ISO 100. Here I wanted to capture the light trails to mark the roads and wanted the rest of the image as dark as possible.  I needed this to be as contrasty as possible.   

Some of these images work and others don’t.  I am still working on what I like and dislike of each.  I rarely judge a picture right after I process it because I want to spend some time looking at other things before passing final judgement.  Some of these will stay in my collection and some will be cut.  One might eventually be printed and hung.  But each time I step out of my comfort zone, I fall in love with photography all over again.

21 Minutes To Great Light

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Cityscape Twilight (Perth, Australia): This image was shot at 19:57 (7:57 PM) with sunset officially at 19:27 (7:27PM). It was shot with the D800 24-70mm at 42mm, f/11, 20sec & ISO 100.

Yesterday as I thought about the impact that a camera can have on a photographers style, I decided to go to take some pictures of an old subject.  Kings Park is one of my favorite places to go in Perth to photograph the skyline of Perth.  The park itself is wonderful but the view of the city and river is unique.  My goal was not to take another cityscape (obviously I did that too) but this time I wanted to try taking a few night shots with a couple of film cameras.  I have not shot film at night before so this is a bit of an experiment.

So along with my Nikon D800 I packed my Hasselblad 500CM and my Nikon F3.  The idea was to capture some medium format and 35mm in black & white.  I will develop these myself once the rolls are all shot and see what I end up with.  The development I will leave to another post as I am waiting for the supplies to arrive.  So let me share the images I captured with the Nikon D800 in all its 36Mp glory.

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Cityscape Daylight (Perth, Australia): This image was shot at 19:38 (7:38 PM) with sunset officially at 19:27 (7:27PM). It was shot with the D800 24-70mm at 42mm, f/8, 3sec & ISO 100.

At this time of the year it is summer here in Australia.  Western Australia does not apply daylight savings time hence the time never changes which means that the sun comes up very early as in 05:00 AM and sets around 19:30 (7:30pm).  The only times to really capture a memorable cityscape shot is at twilight or just before sunrise.  The sun is below the horizon but the light from it paints the entire sky in this wonderful blue.

A few minutes after the sun is up and all you have is shadows and harsh light.  On a sunset a few minutes after this twilight all you have it pitch black.  As an example I took the first shot above at twilight which is the image I was after.

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Cityscape Night (Perth, Australia): This image was shot at 19:59 (7:59 PM) with sunset officially at 19:27 (7:27PM). It was shot with the D800 24-70mm at 24mm, f/8, 4sec & ISO 100.

The second picture was taken awhile before and while we start to see some pretty orange glow in the sky we can say that this is a pretty flat image.

The final image above shows a picture a few minutes after twilight which is effectively a night shot.  While definitely more interesting than the day time shot it still fails to convey the impact of the first shot.

If you look closely the timespan between these three images was 21 minutes.  In that short span of time the light changed that much.  The wonderful blue twilight was all but gone in 5 minutes.  This may sound like a great deal of time to shoot images however note the 20 second exposure time and you can see that five minutes just buys you enough time to compose and shoot a handful of images.

You can argue that the aperture was not the same on all three images (I prefer f/11 to get a bit better star burst on the lights) and the composition on the last images is different (I was growing board of the same composition) but the light difference is indeed clear.

Trick to Changing your Photography Style

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Gabriel in Car, OM-1, Ilford100 PRO (Perth, Australia). A very different image than I would normally shoot.  Like it or not it is different than my typical mainstream photos.

It is rare to find something unconventional in photography these days.  As I look through Kelby One (which I love by the way) I find that photography has gone more mainstream then ever before.  If you look at the classes being taught it is clear they are taking a cookie cutter approach to photography education.  This is not a bad thing if you take it to learn fundamentals and slowly expand it to new territory.

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Google Search for Kelby:  To be clear he is a much better photographer than I am but is he too mainstream?

As I was surfing the web to find something controversial, or at least daring, I kept running across the standard one line quips that photography has embraced over the last few years.  Here are some of the typical ones you will find all over the place…

“It is not the camera but the photographer……gear is like a stove and the photographer is the cook……Nikon, Cannon, Fuji, Sony or Olympus, it really does not matter but let me show you how to do this with a Nikon…..you must look for the decisive moment and capture it…..if your pictures aren’t good enough then you aren’t close enough….love light and shoot the light……the best lenses are the ones without zoom……gear doesn’t matter but all I shoot is Leica…..the best camera is the one you have with you…..”

Not that any of the above is not good advise it is just that it becomes repetitive.  So in this cacophony of one liners you can imagine my surprise when I ran across this statement….

If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura.

— Nobuyoshi Araki”

I found this quote at a site I had never seen before called Tokyo Camera Style and quickly began trying to wrap my head around this concept.  It is so different than the typical consumer oriented statements on how whatever gear you have is fine but look at this new gear!  This required some investigation….

I began by searching for Araki whom I had never heard of before.  A quick google search brought up a Wiki page where I learned that he is one of the most prolific photographers in Japan.

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Nobuyoshi Araki

I then searched for his images and had all of my senses assaulted with this rush of images that clearly do not follow traditional lines…actually that is an understatement as the images seemed almost pornographic….as I sat there looking at them I quickly reached sensory overload and needed to step back.  Like it or hate it you have to give Araki the credit for stepping very far from mainstream….my opinion is still out on the portion of work that I have seen…not sure if it is artistic or shock for shock value.

Reading through Tokyo Camera I found a site that focuses on contemporary photographers and the images that they take.  A central theme seems to be taking photos of film cameras that the author sees around Tokyo.  While there are some great photos of cameras and some of the stories are very enlightening I still did not find much of a discussion on the phrase that took me to the site in the first place.

The great thing that Tokyo Camera does is introduce you to photographers that shoot very different styles.  Going back several months on the blog I could not find a “typical” photography genre.  It is a collection of amazing photographers with very different bodies of work.  Absolutely delightful to go through.

But this takes me back to the original question…Can changing your camera alter your photography style?  If the camera is indeed the stovetop and the photographer is the cook shouldn’t the recipes remain the same?  Would we really expect the cook to change his or her style simply because of the stovetop being used?

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Zack Arias photography

If this is indeed true can it partially explain the similarities that I see in virtually all the photography on the web?  Could it be that the proliferation of modern day digital DSLRs is the reason that photography has found a deep rut?  When I look at photographers like Zack Arias who talk use lines I can appreciate such as “more signal less noise” I see a photographer struggling to get out of mainstream photography.  And when you look to his camera of choice it is the Fuji retro cameras….

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Digital Rev TV has a segment where they take photographers and give them very cheap cameras.  The interesting thing is that the photographers style changes out of necessity as they loose the tools they are used to.  Gone is the option to bracket, use flash or manually adjust settings.

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In tha above video Digital Rev TV walks the street of Hong Kong with the Japan Camera Hunter and they talk about five film cameras for under $1000.  Several that he talks about he makes reference to the “feel of the camera” and what it can and cannot do.

Maybe a camera can indeed change your photography style.  I know that I feel different when I hold different cameras.  Something as simple as the Electronic View Finder on my OMD-EM-5 coupled with the excellent LCD screen finds me using the LCD to shoot picture.  Once my D-800 is in my hands I bring the camera up to my eye.  This changes the way I see the subject and alters the way I compose.

The Hasselblad is a square format which also changes the way I use the camera.  All these subtle changes do indeed alter the way I approach photography.  Perhaps this helps explain my new found love affair with film…I can pick up several cameras at reasonable prices and experiment with different styles.

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Lucas & the Apple IlfordDelta3200 (Perth, Australia). This image of my sun was shot in lighting I would not have bothered with using my digital camera.  The feeling with he apple, zombie eyes and spotty lighting gives it a feel that I would have missed on a digital camera.

Maybe this explains the renascence of film camera sales?  Perhaps photographers are trying to find an exit from the mainstream highway?  Perhaps we are re-discovering the impact a camera style can have on our photography.