I started writing this post a few days ago but it took me longer than expected to finish it.
So today I was watching the iPhone 12 event and it brought to me some reflexion on the future of our beloved hobby that I want to share with you. If you take a look to the photos bellow, which I have selected from the Apple site, one can’t help to feel amazed of how far the mobile/phone photography has come and how quick it progresses to levels that where still unthinkable a few years ago.
Lately I have been looking at several examples of film photography using Portra 400, many of them shot with the ever growing popular Leica M6, but also Olympus om4, Pentax 67, Mamiyas and the likes. Film has been back in favour from some years now and it is all the rage right now. Many photographers use it as a means of distinguishing themselves from the masses as a result of cultivating their own style. It is certainly enjoyable to see those classic retro coloured pictures. Even though the film look is old, the images themselves have a very distinctive contemporary look. That is because the modern lenses are so much technically capable than they where and as a result, the images are crispier than ever. It’s only when you deliberately use old glass that you get the true old look. But in my humble opinion sharpness, as overrated as it might be (a “bourgeois concept in the words of H. Cartier Bresson), is a goddess that is hard not to worship nowadays.
What did I learn ?
In my last article I talked about the different film simulations in Fuji cameras and how beautiful their colour renditions are. Personally, it turns out that my own preference in the last year or so has been shooting everything in b&w and I’d like to explain a little about the reasons I’ve chosen to do so.
As I previously mentioned, one of the reasons I grew fond of the Fuji system is their colour science and the flexibility it gives you to shoot directly in camera with the style and mood that you choose with little or no need to edit your images afterwards. In this article I will only explain a few basics about the film simulations and recipes that derive from them. If you want to have a deeper understanding of it and play yourself with the concept, I recommend you visit the “bible” of film simulations recipes which is the outstanding website Fuji X Weekly maintained by Ritchie Roesch, a true goldmine on its own on this subject.
For me it was a bit of coincidence when I first took the turn towards the Fuji system. As I already mentioned earlier I am a very latecomer to the Fuji cameras.
This is a work in progress...
In the second part of this series we further explore the ingredients that help us making a good image.
This article is a follow-up to a previous article where we tried to explore what made for a good photo. Well actually these ingredients might not be so secret after all but I found it helps to keep them in mind when pressing the shutter.
Everything you’ve heard about India is true and at the same time every traveller has a very different and unique experience in this country. Of course this is a huge country, there are many different Indias. You can easily get overwhelmed by the intensity of life, the people, the honking and the streets. It is not a country that sets you indifferent. Some say either you love it or you hate it. For me it was neither of the two, I found it difficult to deal with the high levels of contamination, I am not judging as I understand is a direct consequence of overpopulation and explosive development. Nevertheless is heartbreaking to see the damage on many beautiful landscapes and nature.