Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mean Machine

Mean Machine by Iguanasan
Mean Machine, a photo by Iguanasan on Flickr.

One of the forums I frequent is having a challenge this month to photograph like you did when you were photographing with film. Pretend you have a roll of film for 12 exposures and pick your best 10. This shot was one of the 10 shots I took and is straight out of the camera (SOOC). You can see the rest on my Flickr stream or here on the forum: http://www.photography.ca/Forums/f34/august-2012-post-10-consecutive-jpeg-photos-no-post-processing-18609.html

I really like this one because it looks like the dozer is eating the tamper and I thought that looked kind of cool. Much of my street photography is about finding interesting things that others may not notice and this is right in that ballpark.

The challenge was fun as I really thought about which photos I would take and which ones I would not since I could only use 12 shutter clicks. I also spent a little more time composing the shot.

For me, however, that was not very significant because I generally did that stuff anyway. Maybe it's because I first learned on film.

What I found most interesting was that I bypassed certain scenes I would have previously captured on the assumption they would not be as good as the next shot or the last shot. I'm not sure if this was a good thing or not. Maybe those other shots I passed by would have been winners. The old saying is that you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I shoot both film and digital, but when I started shooting film 4 years ago, my photographs dramatically improved.

And I simply enjoy film cameras a lot more than my digital cameras, so I tend to use them more often. A roll of 36 exposures can last me 2 weeks to 2 months, and I always have my camera with me - but it forces me to think, which is great.

Iguanasan said...

I love my digital camera too much to go back to film but I certainly understand where you are coming from. Cheers! :)

Anonymous said...

I have yet to love a digital camera, but the fuji X100 or XP-1 is certainly luring me towards true love. I like the feel of metal in my hands, mechanical devices, etc. Probably more sentimental than anything.

BW film is so beautiful, it's hard for me to give up.