Olifaunt

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Certain writers and in particular in my case essayists inspire my photography. An example is Joan Didion's work from the 60 and 70s. These essays are not about photography but they are like photography. She sets a scene like the "New Documents" photographers of that time did (Arbus, Winogrand, and peers), presenting a snapshot of a people, time, and place in a way that has seldom been equaled since in either photography or prose.

I liked Sontag's book as polemic and as a starting block but it doesn't have enough meat to it to satisfy me and in my opinion she keeps missing the point of photography as art. A number of interesting essays of the meaning of photography by various contributors can be found in the book on Winogrand by Rubinfien et al., the "Bystander" book on street photography by Meyerowitz et al., the "New Documents" book about Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2020 at 16:57 UTC as 18th comment

Nice article! The one thing missing from the article that is really important is ventilation! At least if you don't want to get cancer or something!

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2020 at 19:29 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

I've had this camera since 1991. I still use it and get frankly fantastic images from it. It is the ultimate point and shoot. Light and sturdy. Swing it on a wristband, hang it on a shoulder, take it out in any weather. It has dropped a number of times to no ill effect. Since it's so inexpensive, it is not a camera you worry about. I also have a digital Ricoh GRii but the pictures from the Olympus when scanned well just have so much more to them.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2020 at 16:52 UTC as 10th comment
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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Tungsten Nordstein: I'll believe that film photography has found its feet again when new 35mm cameras become available to buy. (And I don't mean another grotty Lomo.)

@jonby, maybe not... I my class (of 10) everyone had to hustle up their own camera. They did so out of necessity and had exposed their first roll after the first week of class. A couple of cameras had some gross exposure problems that were diagnosed and fixed by the second week, when we started printing for critiques (it is an arts department course). There was one lecture on camera function the first week (and 1-1 hands-on questions were encouraged) and of course there were assignments that had to do with finer points of exposure but otherwise we were expected to read the manual and make it work by doing - one of the most effective ways of teaching anything that I've seen.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2020 at 03:24 UTC
On article Let's talk about Dorothea Lange (125 comments in total)
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dstate1: When do we get back the quality of grey-scale we had in the 30’s?

You can still have it if you photograph on film. I agree digital photography isn't anywhere near that, even the Leica Monochrom compares badly.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2020 at 15:09 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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Tungsten Nordstein: I'll believe that film photography has found its feet again when new 35mm cameras become available to buy. (And I don't mean another grotty Lomo.)

@Tungsten, I agree re. compacts, though my post was in response to the issue of availability of SLRs for photography courses.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2020 at 14:42 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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Tungsten Nordstein: I'll believe that film photography has found its feet again when new 35mm cameras become available to buy. (And I don't mean another grotty Lomo.)

The first day of the B&W/darkroom photography course at my university, the teacher said to hustle and get an SLR, from family, for free, or online for about $50. This was in 2019, and all the students in class did. That is why they still don't need to make SLRs.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2020 at 20:40 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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Martin JC: Film photography is a different gestalt to digital photography. It has its own enduring appeal.

Thanks for the article, Hamish...

@panther fan, well yes and no. In English it is not so much (a) or (b) but it is definitely meaning (c), namely the whole form/shape/appearance of something. English got it from the use of the word by German-speakers in the field of Gestalt psychology:

Gestalt psychology or gestaltism is a school of psychology that emerged in Austria and Germany in the early twentieth century based on work by Max Wertheimer, Wolfgang Köhler, and Kurt Koffka. As used in Gestalt psychology, the German word gestalt is interpreted as "pattern" or "configuration".

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2020 at 15:54 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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Martin JC: Film photography is a different gestalt to digital photography. It has its own enduring appeal.

Thanks for the article, Hamish...

@pather fan, Gestalt in English comes from German. It was adopted, as far as I know, from an academic use of the term by German-speaking psychologists. So yes, it has something to do with the German word Gestalt, but in a certain academic context. Of course its meaning has also been broadened in English since then.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2020 at 15:03 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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Bigsensorisbest: I love my old film cameras my shelves are full, but cant see any point in using them, anything i shoot has to be scanned at which point its digital but not as good as if I'd used a digital camera..

For me the point is the image. And I changed from digital to film because I personally can get more pleasing images from film.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2020 at 14:57 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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TORN: Film dies all around me for years now. Gone are the laboratories that develop a film in good quality for a fair amount of money or even the photo shops where you can actually buy film. Nowadays you have to buy film online (if the one you want is even left for sale) and in our area we have the option between low quality trash development or high-end studio development for insane prices. Ok, 5 out of 7 of these high end studios have closed in recent years and there are only two huge labs across the country doing the trash development for everybody else. Still, our city has a monthly meetup for analog film. At age of 50 I was the youngest attendee and know what the guys do there? Share inverted iPhone photos of their negatives.

I agree fully that there is not one right approach to photography. But in our area and even in our country I see a strong decay of film. It has become a hassle to use film, unless you like to do everything yourself. I do not have the room for that.

What country is this?

There are still many options for film here (Northeast U.S.) and many young people here shooting film. I'll get approached by young skateboarders, for example, chatting about film and labs.

Self-developing is cheap and easy if cost is a complaint.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2020 at 14:56 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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John Bean (UK): Technology advancement rarely eliminates what went before but to believe both are of equal significance is wishful thinking. Certainly there are niche film uses that simply don’t translate to digital media (large format contact prints anyone?) but as far as mainstream use is concerned film has very few real advantages over digital and lots - LOTS - of disadvantages.

Many movie directors who matter shoot their films on film nowadays because they see an advantage. But maybe Tarantino, Lucas, and (Sophia) Coppola are not mainstream in your opinion?

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2020 at 14:51 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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Denton Taylor: Of course 'film vs. digital' is dead. Digital is better. As someone who grew up shooting film and working in the chemical darkroom, I know the technical quality of the photos from my A7r3 is superior to that of my Nikon F2AS, Or my beloved OM3t and Pentax MX. But if you insist on shooting film, at least shoot medium format and larger.

The image quality I get from my 35mm film cameras, even cheap ones, far outpaces what I can achieve with affordable APSC digital cameras. There is no contest for me; digital is still far behind in B&W esthetics. It is also far behind in color palette and highlight rendition.

Film look filters generally fool only the creator.

We cannot all afford full-frame or medium format digital. Image quality is a very subjective thing, though. I will probably be crucified for this but in my opinion the esthetics of images from the Leica Monochrom sensor compare poorly to regular old Tri-X in a decent P&S.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2020 at 14:47 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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Martin JC: Film photography is a different gestalt to digital photography. It has its own enduring appeal.

Thanks for the article, Hamish...

Yes, it is an English word.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2020 at 14:34 UTC
On article Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery (DPReview TV) (172 comments in total)

The bokeh and flares are very ugly, so I am wondering why this lens was chosen for the showcase. But also, the rendering is unattractive, with that sooty digital look and some badly blown highlights in some images.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2020 at 17:58 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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Hard Truth: Glad I don't use film. Kinda wonder why anyone would in these times.

Most new film users are young.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2020 at 19:13 UTC

'allow colorblind photographers to see colors just like everyone else.’

I think this is a lie. They are basically claiming they changed the laws of Physics.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2020 at 13:15 UTC as 9th comment
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Old Cameras: Can we outlaw leaf blowers now, the lazy mans rake?
Meanwhile, guns for everyone!!!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let them outlaw leaf blowers!!!

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 15:14 UTC
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Olifaunt: Honestly, while I understand the concerns, if someone's drone is causing a noise or sight nuisance where I live, disturbs birds or other wildlife, or disturs the peace in a National or State park, I want the authorities to be able to find out who it is in real time, just like they did the time someone flew endlessly droning Cessnas all day above my neighborhood until we complained.

@Lee, it is not. The FAA doesn't allow that everywhere. But also, a drone at roof level can be as noisy from the ground as a high helicopter.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 15:12 UTC

Honestly, while I understand the concerns, if someone's drone is causing a noise or sight nuisance where I live, disturbs birds or other wildlife, or disturs the peace in a National or State park, I want the authorities to be able to find out who it is in real time, just like they did the time someone flew endlessly droning Cessnas all day above my neighborhood until we complained.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 13:42 UTC as 92nd comment | 7 replies
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