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