Monday, March 17, 2008

3 Prints Project (Digital): March 17, 2008

This post marks a modification in the project format. Beginning last week I started shooting digital pictures and plan to alternate between digital and film. For the digital weeks I'll shoot at least 100 digital pictures, then the next week 2 rolls of black and white film. I'll do this for at least a year. Or so the plans go right now.

This change is the result of a gentle suggestion by a friend who believes my working in film might be limiting me. He proposed working digitally would allow me to release the tight control I exert when shooting film. A quick look at my contact sheets bears out that theory. I wasn't sure if I should make the switch and posted the question on a forum I belong to for additional feedback and the digital/film question is as active as the motorcycle/scooter one is. If you want to have a look at that discussion check out The Empty Mind -- Film vs. Digital.

At the end of the first week I've noticed differences. That's strange considering how much work I do professionally with a digital camera. But for personal pursuits it's like none of that counts. I made 242 exposures, more than triple the amount I make with film. Perhaps I am not hearing the money adding up the same way I do with film. And there is color to take into account. And I've noticed I shoot more verticals digitally. Not sure what that's all about.

I'm still looking at what I've shot and trying to figure out what's going on. It's sort of an exciting puzzle for me. It was difficult to make three selections from everything I shot. That's probably another learning opportunity. So here are the selections from the first week of digital:

15 year old Essa posing for a portrait upon returning from a morning walk

Empty parking deck after work

Tree near research greenhouse


chris. said...

The picture of Essa is really, really amazing.

Alan said...


Thanks for the great post. I think this is my first comment, although I read and enjoy your blog frequently.

I followed the link to the RFF forum and spent some pleasant time going through the posts. I enjoyed the parts of the discussion that involved the relationship between equipment, process, and art. I think the interplay between the three is fascinating. These same elements shape motorcycling (and scootering), writing, and I'm sure many other endeavors as well.

I also learned what an "M8" is :-)

All the best,

SimplyTim said...

Hey Steve,

Essa has a more character than a lot of people I see walking about.

Extra dog bones tonight for Essa, just for being Essa.


Melissa said...

Essa looks like a very wise soul in this shot. I love your photos. You are motivating me to become a better photographer. Thanks!