Ok, do you think you could cope with spending $1000 only on a years worth of camera gear?
And the $1000 would have to cover everything - body, lens(es), film/developer (if you decided to go that way), memory cards (if you decided to go that way as well) etc etc.
Easy… I know where I can get a Hassy with lens for 500. I can almost certainly get that down to 450. That leaves 550 for film and chemistry. I’d buy a big slab of Fomapan at a little shop I know in Busan that sells it for about $2 a roll. A couple of bottles of Adonal, some cheap fixer and I’m shooting & processing a roll every two days for a year.
I think I’m going to get that Hassy anyway.
A throwaway remark (a beard of hipsters) by @jayavant got my brain ticking: usually indicative of insufficient medication.
A loathsome of Lubitels
A farrago of Feds
A wanker of Leicas
A clatter of SLRs
A hammer of F2s
An ineligance of Voigtländers (modern ones)
A bombardment of Canons
A disappointment of Rolleiflexen
Any more? (The first person to mention the obvious flock of Seagulls wins a free punch in the face).
An Ansel of 8x10s…
A press of Crown Graphics…
A whole plate of ambrotypists…
Manuel Alvarez Bravo en Mexico 1970 por Graciela Iturbide
Manuel Álvarez Bravo in the Field, Mexico, 1970, Photo by Graciela Iturbide
"When I work it´s by impulse. Not in the sense of planning a photograph in advance. I work by impulse. No philosophy. No ideas. Not by the head but by the eyes. Eventually inspiration comes. Instinct is the same as inspiration, and eventually it comes." —Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002)
I like this philosophy. It’s pretty much what I do. Planning stifles.
interactive portrait studio lighting application
Interesting to play with. I’m a natural light shooter myself but always like to learn more.
An albumen print of Scarborough Beach in the Scully & Osterman Archives.
Look closely. The beach is crowded with wet-plate photographers. Note especially the long portrait lens on the smaller camera on the left of the most detailed shot. Lots of competition there too!
dull text post - 2 things concerning photography
1. I foolishly said I would shoot a lot of 8x10 this month and haven’t shot a single sheet. No excuse really, though the weather has been pretty awful. Instead of shooting I’ve been sorting old negatives, negatives that I shot in the 70’s. I am completely blown away by how good some of them are. I was using an Olympus OM-1 at the time and Zuiko lenses. They are every bit as good as anything I shoot these days with Leica gear.
2. I found about 500 slides that someone had thrown out. They are mostly pictures taken on farms here in NQ in the early 90’s. What strikes me about them is the brilliance of the colours. Every picture is striking. They are Kodachrome of course. I wonder can someone bring that film back.
- Get out the old OM and shoot it (unfortunately I no longer have any Zuiko lenses).
- Forget C41, shoot E6.
- Oh yeah - shoot some 8x10.
There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
Camera of the month update…
I’m always rather hopeless at these camera resolutions - “one camera one lens for a year” is something I could never contemplate, and “a shot a day” or even “a shot a week” serves to discourage me from taking any photos at all.
I started this year with two mini-resolutions: firstly to use primarily one camera each month, and secondly to shoot a sheet of large format film every week. I dropped out of the latter after two weeks, but have kept up the former, in a manner at least.
January I shot with the Fuji GW690 III most of the time, and February with the Kodak Retina IIa. Unfortunately February was one of those months where I hardly shot a thing. I only put one film through the Retina, and only finished it just now, 2nd of March. And I started that film in January!
Oh well - I’ll attempt to develop it this afternoon and we shall see.
Now what shall I shoot during March? Any suggestions? 35mm? Medium or large format? TLR, rangefinder, SLR? Leica, Nikon… any of the other various things I have.