Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Different with Film


Digital images always feel different from film. Regardless of the quality of a digital set up or post editing technique, the end result varies from that of an equivalent film rig. It's not a bad thing or a good thing.

This inherent difference sparked my curiosity. A few months ago I started taking a Polaroid Image Pro along with me on my excursions. Stockpiling film from eBay and Craigslist, I took photos much more intentionally than I would with my 5d Mark II. Instead of firing away like Stallone in the latest installment of Rambo, I took my time composing my shots and waited for the light. Here are some of my favorite shots from the last few months.

A Houston Astros tattoo in Williamsburg.

Clouds rolling in on Mt. Hood, Oregon.

A mouse trap in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

Tim daydreaming on a hike.

Ripping open a pack of film and gingerly putting it into your camera can not be replicated by stuffing a 16 gig flash card into a port of a DSLR.

Vans in Wiliamsburg.

A view of Mt. Hood from Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort.
Different towers on the Williamsburg waterfront.

A 1953 Willys Jeep in Mosier, Oregon.

A farm trailer in Vermont.

Patrick in the Upper West Side.

A bull in Washougal, Washington.

Edge in Chelsea.

The first pumpkins of fall in New Hampshire.

An ode to my friend Mikael, Passport To Trespass; My 5d Mark II, Filson x Levi's Jacket, and some Spectra film on Mt Hood, Oregon.

Desert in the West Village.

Train tracks near Hanover, New Hampshire.

I am not picking favorites between digital and film, just enjoying both. Staying curious, all the while enjoying the process of photography.

9 comments:

tschitschi said...

they really give a completely different feel than digital picutres. I especially like the photo with the train tracks, it looks so dreamy!

Foster Huntington said...

i like that one a lot. i took it on a rainy september evening in new hampshire. it felt like fall and was very misty,
foster

tintin said...

Check out Saul Leiter here-

http://www.lensculture.com/leiter.html

He'd buy expired film and shoot it for the color shifts. I've got about 12 rolls of Kodachrome that are between 10-15 years old and have yet to be developed. I better giddy up before that ain't an option.

Foster Huntington said...

tintin,
develop that shit.

that website is amazing. thank you for shairing.
foster

Ryan Tatar said...

I REALLY like these... Polaroids are the best... Well done.

Ryan Tatar said...

Here are a few polaroids (type 100) I have been taking off Highway 1 in Big Sur over the past few months.

http://www.ryantatar.com/Ryan_Tatar_Photography/Series/Pages/big_sur_polaroids.html

Georgiebird said...

I agree, dreamy is such a good word to describe these photos.

Foster Huntington said...

ryan,
your photos and blog is fucking amazing. Very inspiring. it makes me want to drop everything and go shredding. thank you for the kind words,
foster

Allison said...

Wonderful shots.