Why Bother with Film

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  1. I love your film and digital photos. They both have your fingerprint and I can tell your work from others. They have so much peace and tranquility. Thanks for linking to my photos and the kind words. Miss seeing you brother.

    1. Brother Bijan

      Thanks for the comment. In many ways, film got me to the point where I started feeling the photographs. I see it in your photography — which has a slow, meditative quality and you make everyday moments so magical. I long for the day when we can get together, and go for a photo walk, either on the beach or along the East River in New York. Looking forward to more of your visual magic.

  2. It’s amazing that as long as I’ve followed you on Twitter I am only now finding your blog.

    I had been asking myself this very same question nearly a year into a similar, but less restrictive journey. I started shooting film again after a 5 year hiatus. I used to work in my university darkroom and was paid partially in film and supplies.

    However I picked up film again after becoming disillusioned with digital. I was shooting an A7 II, which is by all rights a great photographers camera even today, but try as I might I never got colors I was happy with.

    After becoming frustrated I went down the rabbit hole of film emulation and eventually purchased an EOS-1 (I shoot Canon glass). The lessons I’ve learned from shooting color film have made toning my digital images so much easier.

    Yes it’s a money pit to shoot film these days but I am overjoyed the results. Thanks for sharing your story.

    1. Hi Tobias

      Thanks for the kind words. What a joy it is to find someone else who has started their photographic journey in the analog domain and how much joy you are finding as a result. On the money pit aspect of film — I think it is true, but if you unlock the creative inside you because of it, then it is money well spent.

      I recently tried one of the new Canon mirrorless cameras and was impressed by the color fidelity and the quality of JPEGs. You might want to rent it for a weekend to see if that is an improvement over Sony, which has a very cold rendention of reality.

      Where can I find your photos?

  3. Hey OM,

    I spent four years as a reporter and photojournalist for local papers near La Crosse, Wis., before moving to Denver to cover the tech scene. Because of this, most of my photos are part of larger photo stories. My latest was of a socially-distanced vacation in Moab, Utah.

    I’ll be publishing another story sometime this week with the film photos from that trip. Though I can’t claim credit for all of them. My fiancé insisted on carrying my EOS-1 for many of our hikes.

    As for Canon’s mirrorless cameras, I actually own and shoot with an EOS-R now. I broke my A7II trying to clean grit out of its control dial last fall. I guess after years of shooting Olympus, I hadn’t realized that weather sealing isn’t something every vendor takes seriously. I love the EOS-R’s JPEGs, though I generally shoot RAW and process using Mastin Lab’s film presets.

    Occasionally, I’ll post on Instagram under @ramblingpolymath but I’m not super consistent.

    Tobias

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