Battersea: Wonderful news. There is no downside to this, nobody is taking your cell phone or DSLR away. It's great to have options. Film is an excellent learning and creative tool.
@Ontario Gone: "Technology advancement means we can't embrace old useless junk, which is what film is."
It's difficult to take such extreme & opinionated statements seriously. Film certainly isn't useless junk e.g. to large format fine art photographers. An 8x10" view camera, with full movements, can provide results that aren't so easy to match with digital. So, film still has its place, even for high end (but low volume) photography.
@Ontario Gone: "If everybody starting buying film, that's less money going into digital." Is that really something to worry about? Film will never again be a significant competitor to digital, and will not harm it in any way. Film is a niche product and will stay that way, and as such deserves its place. It's not like the wet plate collodion process is harming the inkjet industry, even if there are some keen individuals doing it in the fringes.
For most of us, photography is a hobby. For some, it does not need to be cost-effective, efficient or fast, at least all the time.
For instance, shooting B&W film with a fully mechanical camera, developing the film with your own recipe and printing in a darkroom while dodging and burning with your hands, all make up for a handcrafted feel to the end product, and definitely to the process.
Just because there are easier, cheaper ways to achieve a result does not mean, to a hobbyist, that the more labour intensive way is necessarily obsolete. I doubt most arts & crafts hobbyists do it to save time and money over buying ready-made stuff from the store, for example. They do it, because they like the act of doing it.
So if nobody recommends people to try film when they're starting out with photography, many more people would never get to experience this other side of photography. I still think it's worth dabbling in once in your life, so I think at least some of them would be losing out.
spontaneousservices: "raw [...] so you don't need to worry about white balance" (picture 5)
Don't know how other people do this but in my experience noise can make it very difficult to lift shadow parts when WB was recorded badly at the moment of capture.
Anyway. The M60 must have started as a practical joke.
spontaneousservices, WB is just metadata associated with the RAW file, it has absolutely no effect on the image data itself. It is only information, for whatever software is used to process the RAW file into something viewable, how to balance the colour channels.
Of course if you apply a tungsten WB to one file and a daylight WB to another of the same scene with the same exposure, you'll see a difference. But when you change the tungsten WB image to daylight WB as well, or vice versa, the difference must disappear.
LaFonte: I used x100 on a movie sets. Resolution was there and it is silent (only lack of zoom, but that may not be a problem in small sets)But kudos to the pelican solution. I always enjoy a good DIY, definitely smart.
The X-Pro1 has a focal plane shutter, not a leaf shutter. Or are there lenses available for the XF-system that incorporate a leaf shutter? Haven't heard of those.
This is really good, the light on the snow-covered ground, the shadow of the tree and the clouds all come together just so. Congrats!
Five Piece: Great shot here!
taotoo: Lovely photo. Would be interested in seeing it in colour.
Thanks, unfortunately it doesn't look as good in colour IMO, as it was a dark scene only illuminated by mixed artificial lighting (orange from the streetlights, white from the bus stop itself if I recall).
Cogburn: I just wanted to say, I've really enjoyed looking at your photography. You have a keen eye and a vast understanding of what makes an interesting picture. "Onnea" for 1st place! Keep 'em coming!
Thank you so much for the kind comments, and I'm glad you enjoyed my gallery. It's very rewarding when someone else "gets" images I've made. And I do intend to keep at it!
dmytty: Hieno kuva!
I saw this picture while glancing at the webpage and my immediate thought was 'that looks like Finland'. Looking at the photographer's name was immediate confirmation.
When you take a picture that can make such a strong connection, one with instant recognition, then I think you've captured the essence of that moment.
Seeing the photo, I remember just how cold, still and peaceful it can be while standing on a roadside waiting for a bus.
Snow comes early hereYet the bus is never lateWith the camera in hand
A long, snowy, cold, dark winter can be a drag, BUT it also creates some of the best photo opportunities!
backwoods: cONGRAGULATİONS, very nice photography
Thanks, just had to take the camera for a walk after all that snow fell!
HiRez: I think I would like it better with higher contrast (lower black levels), but nice photo.
Thank you for the comment! I wanted to preserve tonality so that things don't fall too black when printed, but it's all subjective of course, and I too might end up wanting it contrastier.
BIJ001: Very nice! I ponder what location it could have been taken from.
Thanks! It was taken in Espoo, Finland.
Yesterday I worked over an image just for this challenge, then went to sleep (the submissions started in the middle of the night where I live). Today I came to submit my entry, only to find the challenge full. D'oh!
Maybe a limit of 100 entries would have been better...
Are monochrome images eligible?
This is a fantastic capture, a good idea executed faultlessly. Congrats!
I was honestly surprised to see my entry at 2nd place, I thought there were some really good images here.
Ed, setting the matches up was indeed a bit fiddly!