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Film v Digital


‘A new year and a new camera’. This is how I wanted to start off my first post of 2012. I wanted to feature a great shot I had taken with my brand new Fuji X100 digital camera- an exciting concept for a lover of film and analogue cameras.

But it is just not happening for me, whilst the X100 is a joy to use and beautifully designed I have yet to take a ‘good’ shot. I wanted to comment on the Film v Digital debate that is still raging across online photography forums. I wanted to casually say what a boring argument it is. I wanted to compare it to the numerous talks I have been to where, when faced with and amazing inspiring photographer willing to talk about their work, there would always be some nerd asking “What film do you use?”. To me it’s just not important as long as you get the shot.

But instead, I have spent the week trying to analyse exactly what it is, that is lacking from my digitally rendered images. For now I am putting it down to the fact that you just don’t get great pictures every time. The lack of, and quality of light in the middle of winter.  Maybe these are excuses, but this is where I am.. still wondering and unsure.

It will take me time and practice before I become as fluent with the X100 as I am with my Nikons and Mamiya 7, and I will continue to shoot film also. But for now until I have mastered my new piece of kit. Here is a photograph taken on film with my 21 year old Nikon F3. A photograph celebrating the creamy colours of Kodak Portra, as sadly, Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.