An Amateur Photo Blog, Featuring Various Pictures Of The Best Dog Ever, Plus Other Stuff.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Now that's what I'm talking about!

For the photo geeks that just wandered by, this is one of my favorite subjects, shot with a Nikon N80, el cheapo plastic bodied kit lens, on Fuji Sensia 100 slide film, developed by Cord Camera, and scanned by Costco.

UV filter only, by the way. I'm going to try the shot with a nice Circular Polarizing filter this year, but it's going to be a bit before the background is ready.

Pretty sad that my old film camera and cheapo lens are beating the snot out of anything you can get out of digital, but there it is. Nikon D40? Good for people pictures, lousy for landscapes. Canon 20D? Ditto. Any compact I've ever tried? Don't make me laugh.

Real landscape photographers use film, period.
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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Can you hear squealing?

The colors, they are like 130 million little fingers, massaging my brain through my optic nerves, soothing my savage psyche.

Medium format blows 35mm and digital away, even printed as small as 11x14.

Really, what more need be said?

Well, plenty, probably. If you've been following Ken Rockwell lately (as you should be) you'll know that he's focusing primarily on film for scenic work, as he should be. Film still beats digital, pwns it mightily, as the youngsters might say, if they were a bit more literate. 35mm actually provides a better image than 24MP digital, provided that it's properly exposed, developed, and scanned low ISO slide film. That's a fairly low res scan, by the by. At 6400dpi, 35mm scans at aproximately 50MP. The 6x45 medium format slide film that provides the images shown here on my page provides an image 2.7 times better than that, and who has a 130MP digital medium format on the market yet?

Nobody, that's who.

Oh, sure, you could spring for the latest Hasselblad, (and don't I wish I could, but I haven't the scratch, Jack) and that would get you closer than you might think, but then you would be out $50,000 or so, while I spent a whopping $425 to get my Fuji GA645 delivered. Toss in another $600 to get Epson's latest Perfection class scanner, and I hate to tell you this, but $48,000 buys a LOT of film, processing and scanning.

Heck, it even buys a REAL medium format system, like the Mamiya 645AF SLR ($500 delivered, with one regular film back, one polaroid film back and an 80mm 2.8 prime), which is going to blow my Fuji out of the water and up on the beach this year. Can you imagine those leaf shots with a polarizing filter? I can, and it's giving me the mother of all warm fuzzies.

The Mamiyah has so many neato keen features I dunno where to start, but this ought to warm the cockles of the hearts of all you tripod hugging types: Mirror up, viewfinder blocker built into the viewfinder and a fully mechanical time mode. And here I thought the top notch glass and TTL capabilities were enough to get excited about...

If you're wondering about the title, by the way, well, my Mamiyah thinks yore DSLR shore has a purty mouth... :)

Watch this space, it's going to be a good year in pictures.
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