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May 17, 2008

Okay, from the same shoot as the last post, but this time just sis. Windy, cloudy…perfect conditions for a shoot, especially here in SoCal where it is sunny nearly all the time. I shot a total of 180 frames during this shoot and had about 110 images that I considered usable, printable, etc, which even if I do say so myself, is a fairly high success rate. I think efficient shooting sometimes gets completely lost today because we have an “endless supply” and ability to just “shoot and shoot,” which I find, in most cases, a very poor way of working.
If we learned from our mistakes I might think differently, but most of the time, we just shoot fifteen bad images from the same spot, as opposed to the “old days” when we shot two. A good photographer doesn’t NEED nor WANT fifteen options. Why? Time. Who is going to edit and how long does it take?
I think I learned this during my newspaper days, which were few, but high-energy. You couldn’t shoot more than a few images because you just couldn’t afford the time to edit and print. You were THOUGHTFUL, even in times of high-stress or deadline. You made it count!
When I work I know what I have when I am shooting. It is not often I find a “miracle” shot in there that just completely caught me by surprise. Sometimes with my documentary work I will take many chances, but these are single frame chances, and I still have a darn good idea whether or not I “got it.” This is what makes photography so fun, taking chances, and for me, NOT KNOWING until those contacts come back.
Instant gratification is not for me, and really takes the mystery out of photography. I know that is blasphemy in today’s photo world, but it is just how I feel. It’s me, just me, nothing more. Don’t feel threatened! You can report me if you feel the need.
Kodak Portra 160 VC. Canon 1v.

This camera, by the way, is YEARS old and working just fine. No eighteen month lifespan, or need for new software, firmware, etc. It just works, and is far more responsive than anything in the pixel world. Oh,and when is the last time you looked through a fullframe viewfinder on a film body. You will be amazed. I really just started using it again after a long break and was really surprised how good this thing in. How quickly I forget. It is light, bright and ultra fast. Go figure.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Maryam in Marrakesh permalink
    May 17, 2008 11:29 am

    loving that first one.

    Just how many cameras do you have?!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    May 24, 2008 1:13 am


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