MIA

 

I’ve been missing in action over the last few weeks. Partly due to health reasons (which I won’t bore you with), partly due to computer meltdown when I upgraded to Mac OSX Catalina (what an unmitigated disaster that was and still isn’t solved) and partly because some chump cut through the telephone line while digging a hole. The whole experience has meant that I’ve been seriously considering going retro i.e. reading books, watching DVDs, listening to CDs and shooting film again. So I’ve ordered some books off of Booktopia, dug out the CD collection and loaded some film into an old camera. I’ve even found myself looking at kits to develop film at home. Scary stuff. Don’t know how far I’ll follow through with idea, and I don’t know if it’s still possible to get my favourite film and developer, but I’m certainly keen to give it a go. So I thought todays pic would be appropriate – a photo of a digital camera taken with a large format film 5×4 camera shooting Fuji Provia.

Eggsactly ……

Eggsactly ……

Back in the long distant past if you wanted to demonstrate your photo skills the photographing a white egg on a white background using flash and transparency film preferably on a large format 4×5 camerawas the way to do it. Totally manual exposure taking into account the mag factor. Understanding that a sheet of Fuji Provia 100 only had 6 stops of dynamic range. Now it is┬ádepressingly easy to shoot in these digital times with E-TTL flash metering and LCD displays with histograms. But then all this techno goodness should free us to make wonderful art.

Canon EOS5d, Sigma 105 f2.8 macro, Canon 550EX & 430 EX Speedlites fired wirelessly by a Canon ST-E2.