Never the One for Predictability

Dead Tree

I’ve kind of fall­en out of love with dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy. I don’t know how or when it hap­pened but I just did. I’m in love with film and vin­tage cam­eras. I love how unpre­dictable the results are. I love the excite­ment of get­ting rolls of film back from the pho­to lab, how I always can’t wait to scan the neg­a­tives. With dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy, every­thing is just so quick, so instant, so pre­dictable. I’m not a purist. Hell no. I love Pho­to­shop and the lat­est and great­est dig­i­tal cam­eras make me drool. I guess I just don’t like things to be pre­dictable. That’s why I always mod­i­fy recipes when I’m cook­ing. I want the final prod­ucts to be unpre­dictable.

Hope­ful­ly I’ll fall in love all over again with dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy when I get my very own dig­i­tal SLR cam­era. Troy and I are going to start sav­ing up for one very soon. We’re think­ing of get­ting the Pen­tax K10D, which is not even in the mar­ket yet. In addi­tion to hav­ing a built-in shake reduc­tion sys­tem, it has “weath­er and dust resis­tant body that incor­po­rates CCD Dust Removal sys­tem”. Sounds per­fect for the care­less me. :) Of course we still have to check out the reviews for this cam­era to see if its per­for­mance match­es what’s on paper. If it turned out to be a piece of crap then we’d prob­a­bly just pick up either the Pen­tax K100D or the Canon Dig­i­tal Rebel XTi . No Nikons for us because we have no Nikon lens­es we could use in our col­lec­tion.

I have two rolls of film to fin­ish this week­end. One is from the Rolle­icord and anoth­er from the Hol­ga. I’ve been using lens attach­ments intend­ed for some obso­lete insta­mat­ic cam­era with the Hol­ga. I attached the lens to the Hol­ga with a piece of duct tape. Why? Because Hol­ga is just not unpre­dictable enough for me! ;)

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  1. Hey Fir­da, always nice to see some­one exper­i­ment­ing with oth­er forms of pho­tog­ra­phy!
    I’m keen on try­ing some­thing new, but I couldn’t part with the imme­di­ate feed­back that a dSLR gives, so I decid­ed that I would mount either old lens­es or down­right ridicu­lous lens­es.
    Most recent­ly, I butchered a Diana toy cam­era to mount its lens on my 350d, and the results can real­ly be fun. Here’s one of my ear­ly tries with it. I should post the oth­ers some­day. :)

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