- Posted September 24, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel photo of the day
Film or digital? You judge
The medium format was done at F 2.0 (shallow depth of field) it is the vertical photo, it has great color and detail and gives the BOKEH or background blur everyone likes. Of course on CNN you will never see that entirely. This is art gallery print quality to 100 x 300 inch prints. Even billboard size, if anyone cares.
The second horizontal print is nice and will do the job for most people but it is a digital job done with a polarized Canon full frame camera and polarizer. As I recall it was shot at F 8 to give more depth of field and to keep much of what you see in focus.
Art comes down to perspective and choice of framing and perspective. Do you like shallow depth of field or a medium depth of field? Both were done hand held. Now we could have had better results with a tripod and using HDR mode in the new cameras. But this was taken 10 years ago.
What do I know? Just that I think my favorite shot is the film shot done at F 2.0 hand held on film. Why, because it's how I remember it best. The fresh flowers. The moment, the can to put your 2 dollars in. I was focused on that moment of wonder at first seeing someone who trusted their work to travelers and never thought someone would grab the Leis and drive away without paying. Everything is trust, all the rest is dust.
Me. I still shoot film. Is digital better? Absolutely not. But almost all our film sources have dried up in Canada and film is almost $60.00 a roll to buy, process and have scanned. Even Wal-Mart Hawaii has closed most of their film processing depots except for some major centers.
Things are changing. And I wonder where we will be in 10 years with this art.
I love light and recording this great thing called life.
A witness to my times is how one of my best friends on CNN calls it. And we must stay here and witness what we must. And Lia, you were right, we are attracted to life and the living. And you share the same vision I do. You are full of life and love too. So we will go on and try to do our best recording this thing called life while we have breath.