Yeah, you were!
And honestly I can’t blame you! I thought I’d do it too. I really was on the verge of leaving the WWF – no, not the World Wildlife Fund but the Wonderful World of Film!
I was tempted, I tried and really, it was close….
I fiddled with a digital camera, took some shots, set to a nice, contrasty black and white ’emulation’ and well, they did look OK.
The color results were not too shabby either.
What happened was that they did look OK but they did not feel that way!
I had those black and white jpegs on my screen, but I also had the raw files, so I began fiddling, applying this Lightroom preset and then that one… even playing with so called film presets, supposedly made by analysing real film. I added grain, I played for hours with those few files to get to these:
All this with fake grain applied, with a fake film simulation out of the box.
Now to compare! Here’s the same thing on film, cheap Fuji Superia 200, shot a week or two earlier with the Olympus Trip 35….
These are straight out of the scanner! OK, there’s a light yellowish color cast, probably because of my not so perfect color developing technique (I’ll leave that to the lab next time!). But that can be easily mended with a click!
So why? Why fiddling for hours to get the look of something you can achieve with film and a 40 year old camera? Why trying to imitate film when there’s the real thing?
None of the photos gave me the feel I get from the real thing. They felt strangely…. empty to me. Can’t really explain it further.
Of course the digital photos were much sharper, richer, more detailed and more flexible. But something was missing, the secret ingredient that makes me want to make photos.
And I’m not even talking about the camera!
Why Film Cameras, indeed? Just because! Because to me they feel right, they feel real and they make me want to make photos! A digital camera doesn’t… period!
I can’t and won’t speak for all of you, but for me personally, this is the way to go and I swear that I won’t do it again! Promised!
Film is not dead!
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