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[Photography] Film Work

Captain Teddy
Originally uploaded by RainPacket.
I realized I've not generally posted any of my film (as opposed to digital) work, so... here's a shot of something I took at the Fremont Sunday Market some time back. I just loved the light and the composition as I walked past, and went 'I think I need that picture.'

When shooting film, I almost always shoot black-and-white with Kodak Professional T-MAX (since unless I go to the University Bookstore for the really high-end stuff, that's about all I can get). I tend to use ISO 400 for black-and-white, since it gives me freedom to shoot without a flash in a variety of situations. (And yes, I realize those bits of information mean nothing to anyone but the handful of other photographers on my friends-list.)


400 Tri-x is what we're shooting for B&W I, I guess they're pretty similar.

I like this picture, film is so different than digital.
I really should take a course over at PCNW someday. I've never really taken a photography course in my life, save for a two-session one at Discover U a while back.

And yes, I love film. Especially black-and-white. For something like the Fremont Solstice Festival, digital's a lifesaver; as long as I'm shooting RAW, I have so many options. But I really love black-and-white. I can make black-and-white digital images, but there's just a feel to B&W film that I've yet to really capture digitally in a satisfactory manner. :)
Been thinking of trying some B&W sometime. Any idea if Fuji Neopan is any good? Apparently it somes in 100, 400, or 1600 speed.
Fuji Neopan seems to have a small and very dedicated fanbase; I gather that their 400 is nothing particularly special, but they have better quality than some at the 1600 level. Beyond that, I don't know much about it; I've never tried it.
I always shot Illford because that was what was available to me at the time.

But with black and white... half of magic is in the film, the other half is in the darkroom. good use of timing and filters make all the difference in the world. Plus i have an addiction to the smell of photo chemicals, just because i loved working in the darkroom.

and i would NEVER trust anybody else to develop my BW prints for me... It is like having a painter hire somebody to paint for them.

Digital will never be able to get the same quality of black and white, because the medium is just different. That is why Hollywood continues to prefer 35 mm over digital...

This product does do a good job of helping you recature those film grains with digital... but there is no chemical smell... so whats the fun

(But DxO optics pro is a great product every digital photographer should have anyway...)

By the way, do you ever read anything from Ken Rockwell. He has to be the most sensible photographer on the web. I think you would enjoy his philosophy.

Instead of taking a photo class... just read this.. it will save you a lot of money