The business of photography has become tougher every year and this is not just down to the financial crisis. Everyone now considers themselves a photographer, even though they have no idea of the market they are dabbling in. This has destroyed business for the professionals and many can not survive and make an honest living. I have reverted to taking images for myself only and have to tend to a day job in order to continue my photography.
This is the space I share my images, gripes and experiences.
A few days ago I met a gentleman who shares my passion for film and Black and White Photography. Deep in conversation I realized that I have all this film and equipment lying at home and do not use it enough to make it worthwhile. Essentially I talk, write and think more about taking good pictures than actually doing it.
The conversation we held over a cup of coffee remained with me for that evening and I decided to make an effort and... be inspired.
In the spirit of making it in B&W Photography, I have joined an online forum called the Film and Darkroom User (FADU). Its great for gaining further knowledge and developing skills in the area of B&W Film processing and printing. I shall follow it with interest and ample contribution.
Check it out and you shall be enlightened.
Therefore today's images:
Dog and Ball, a natural connection.
However, it will become a challenge if the ball is bigger than the 'gob'. 'Drop it!' is out of the question.
(Nikon F6, Nikkor 50mm 1.8D)
Fancied a play with a macro lens. (Nikon F6, Nikkor Micro 105mm G, F2.8/3s)
Most photographers that have been around for a few years started with film, transparencies or even Black and White Film. The challenge to go digital occupied photographers greatly in order to move with the markets and customer requirement.
I was fortunate enough to, or at least I had the money, start out with digital photography.
I have learnt to hate it.
I now spend far too much time in front of the computer and too little time taking good quality images. I never used to place enough effort into getting an image right in the first place and relied far too much on computer generated manipulation.
I have the honor to announce, on this very day, that I have given up digital photography! My Nikon F6 with its fantastic features has become my best friend and 'special' images will be shot on my trusted Mamiya RB 67. Quality will be placed at the forefront and quantity is a banned word.
So, if you want masses of pictures quickly: GO AWAY and don't come back!
If you want quality, be prepared to wait, as film processing takes time and effort by a specialist.