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Friendly Friday: Nostalgia

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Challenge: Nostalgia.

I’m going to take a sideways look at this challenge with a post partly about nostalgia and partly about camera equipment.

It’s now 40 years since I left art school after studying photography. In those 40 years there has been huge advances in equipment and techniques.

Sometimes I will look back at shots in my film archives and consider how much easier some of the shots would be to get today. Or I will be aware of how much better the quality of the images would be compared to the film stocks available when the shots were taken.

So this post is about looking back at some favourite photos and considering how some of my photos could be improved with modern equipment or techniques. As an interesting aside, after writing the post I realised that all the images have been published in a book or magazine despite their faults.

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In the late 1970s and early 1980s I was photographing a variety of motorsports. In those days 200 ISO was the highest colour film speed a lot of editors would accept. One of my current mirrorless cameras has a base of 200 ISO. Also, lenses are faster with better anti-reflection coatings.

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Nowadays I would build a LED panel into the top of the nestbox for more even, diffused light.

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Nowadays there are techniques for dealing with high contrast lighting like this. I can take multiple exposures and combine them to keep detail in the highlights and open up the shadows.

9 replies on “Friendly Friday: Nostalgia”

It surely is a lot easier to be photographer today. How easy do you think, would it be to reproduce your film shot, digitally? There’s a quality of movement there that defies the visual acuity we get with digital.

But with film you were working on guesswork and previous experience to judge how much and the quality of movement. You didn’t really know what you had got until the film was processed. If you were shooting Kodachrome you had to mail it to a processing plant and wait for it to be returned by mail.

So true. Don’t get me wrong … I’m not a film fanatic. I don’t have the patience and mindfulness for it. I have met photographers who advocate film. They relish the thought process that goes into composing and taking a shot and they like the wait and delayed gratification is seeing the final product. As an observer, I try to appreciate the aspects of film over digital.

I shoot digital the same way I shot film and actually take less shots with digital no longer needing to make in camera duplicates in case the film got damaged or lost by a client/editor.

Fantastic post and interesting to see how far improvements have come. I started with an Instamatic camera in the early seventies and then progressed to an SLR, but now I am happy with digital mobile photography for what I do. The mode of photography makes a difference when you see the stunning results you have in the final photograph. Well done.

I don’t think I could go back to film. It was getting increasingly difficult to find a good processing lab 15 years ago. Since I started using a mirrorless camera with an electronic viewfinder I have a hard time using an optical viewfinder despite having used them for decades.

I’ve got used to seeing the brightness of the electronic viewfinder as I adjust the exposure and having a histogram at the bottom of the viewfinder.

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