WPPD – Selfie! and a little venting.

Photography, Thoughts and Opinions

I suppose I might as well continue with my pinholday pinhole photos. This is the 4th photo from that day that I liked. It has become a habit to make the last roll on my Terrapin* an arms length selfie and I like to grab whoever is with me to play along. In this case we have my buddies (clockwise from myself on the left) Remko, Brendan, and Inge . What a fun day that was! Looking forward to next year’s meetup in San Francisco!


Geeky Bits:

Camera: Terrapin Bijou, Incher configuration
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure time: 5 seconds


 

Mini rant:

So yesterday I made the mistakes of reading the comments on a Petapixel post that compared a film photo and a digital photo (I know, I know. Don’t read the comments). There was the inevitable “Who shoots film these days” comment, and there were several people defending the use of film with the “who uses film these days” guy brushing off the arguments and not listening. Typical online argument.

I found myself in a similar predicament in real life a few months ago. I was explaining my pinhole photography to someone and mentioned that I used film (“You can still buy film?!?”) and she couldn’t understand why I would use film. She then proceeded to list all of the ways film fails to digital and I found myself in a discussion where I had to defend my use of film. It kind of sucked. And I didn’t feel like having this kind of discussion so I changed the subject. But I think about it a lot, especially when the film vs. digital topic comes up. Here is what I have to say to people who are so vehemently against the use of film photography:

  1. Why do you care? What does it matter if I use film or if I don’t use film? What does my creative medium of choice matter so much to you? Why can’t you focus on your creative medium of choice and I will focus on mine and we can respect each other’s work, instead of nitpick the way we approach it.
  2. Artists in other mediums don’t have this heated debate, so why should photographers? People who draw digitally don’t disparage those who draw with a paper and a pencil and vice versa.  People who write using a computer don’t care if someone is writing a manuscript using a pen and paper. I mean, seriously, who fucking cares what medium is used to produce the art? What matters is the outcome. And why should one artist waste their time worrying about how another artist produces their creation.

The Digital Vs. Film argument is stupid. Just stop it already.

/end rant


*Incidentally, the first photo I took with this camera was an arms length selfie!

No Paparazzi – Pinholeday contender #3

Photography

OK, it’s decision time. My decision is between this one and “Balloons For Sale.” Which one should I choose for my pinhole day contribution? Personally, I like this one the best. But I also really like “Balloons For Sale.”

I like this one because the moment was kind of cool. When I was taking this the newpaper vendor covered his face. I’m not sure if he was playing around with me or if he truly didn’t want his picture taken. Either way, it was a moment of connection with the subject, which doesn’t really happen very often with me because my subject is mostly landscape.

I will decide over the next couple of days and upload it to the gallery, so check there to see what I decided. The deadline is May 31, so I really need to get on this!

 

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Geeky Bits:
Camera: Terrapin Bijou, Incher configureation (25.4mm)
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure time: >5 seconds

Photographer In The Sunbeams – Pinholeday Contender #2

Photography

My next WPPD contender is this one. However, I think I’ve already decided not to use it. When I first saw it I thought it was kinda good. I love it when I can get shots of the swirly, colorful sunbeams. But then I saw Howard Moiser’s version of this shot in WPPD Gallery. FUUUUCK. His really blows mine out of the water. Seriously, go check it out. It is awesome. This is what at master pinhole photographer’s work looks like 🙂

I love that I got to hang out with so many talented people on pinhole day! I have so much gratitude for the pinhole community.

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Geeky Bits:
Camera: Terrapin Bijou, Incher configureation (25.4mm)
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure time: >5 seconds

Balloons For Sale – Pinholeday contender 1

Photography

I developed and scanned the photos I took on Pinholeday, and now I have to choose one to post to the gallery. This is difficult. There are 3 photos from the roll that I really like. There is one that I like the best. Usually I am “go with your gut” kind of person, but this time I think I will ruminate on it for a couple of weeks. I have until the end of the month to post.

In the meantime, I will use the 3 images as my photoblog images for May.

This one was taken at the wonderful Parc de la Ciutadella and this particular shot is of the Arc de Triomf.
Balloons for sale
It just so happens that this photo was in Flickr Explore yesterday (It’s dropped out today, for some reason). It’s always a nice ego boost when this happens. It’s also really cool to see film/pinhole photography in Explore.

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Geeky Bits:
Camera: Terrapin Bijou, Incher configureation (25.4mm)
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure time: >5 seconds