Back To Film…..

This panorama of an old oak tree in Myrtle Beach, SC was shot with the Fuji 617 panorama camera and Tri-X  220 film.  I love all things digital.  But there’s something about film and it’s not just how it looks (although there’s also something about silver prints….I’m just sayin’).  It’s also about how different it is to shoot film than digital:  the process of taking pictures is very different.  I did a book of b & w photographs on Peru (Stones In The Road 1992 Aperture) which I shot over a period of 15 years.  Using two Leicas, I shot around 25o rolls of 35mm Tri-X film.  There are 50 photographs in the book. Sixteen of  them fall between frame numbers 30-36.  There’s a tension that develops as I’m getting close to the end of role of film that either makes me more selective or forces me to be more aware of what I’m seeing.  This doesn’t happen with digital because the the cards hold so many images.  I don’t mean to imply that shooting digitally can make a photographer lazy.  Just a thought.

Oak Tree, Myrtle Beach, SC

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5 Responses to Back To Film…..

  1. Hello Nubar, I found you on Twitter, followed and thought i’d drop into your web site to learn more about you. I like this post about film and how it influences you. I will share it on Twitter if that is ok.

    You might like to read something similar I wrote. I started out with digital but felt I was not learning as much about photography from the digital process as I was hoping. So I tried film for a while and just got hooked. I felt film encouraged me to be a better technical photographer, which is what I was trying to become.

    http://www.lightinframeblog.com/why-i-shoot-film/

    Cheers Steve

  2. Hello Nubar,I’ve heard of you, seen some of your images, and thought to look up your website. Very nice images! As someone who started out with film, 4×5, then medium format, now digital, I smiled when I read your comment about the rocks in Peru, “…There’s a tension that develops as I’m getting close to the end of role of film that either makes me more selective or forces me to be more aware of what I’m seeing. This doesn’t happen with digital because the the cards hold so many images.” I could relate to this. Especially using a 4×5 camera. I especially like the panoramic image of the Oak Tree at Myrtle Beach. Look forward to hearing from you. Rich.

  3. Ruth Thomasian says:

    Hi Nubar,
    Great to see your fine panoramic work and read your thoughts on the creative and technical process of taking photographs. You give us lots to consider. Thank You Thank You!

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