Last sunday I saw an amateur photographic exhibitionorganized by a very important photographic group of my city. There was not a theme, so you cas see there every kind of pictures. Two pictures catch my interest….two very different landascapes by two different photographs. One at sunset( color print ) and one at the afternoon ( black & white ). One with clouds…and one without…but they have the same birds on the sky!!!What???? Yes, the same birds, but in the first the birds fly from the right to the left…and in the other from the left to the right..but thy are the same!!After a little investigation I discovered that the tow photographers are friends… I stop here…no words…I post here only a little crop of the pictures.
I found a new kind of photograph: aerial photography. Of course I have seen a lot of that genre of photos, but I have never practiced it. But now I have a drone…and so…go ahead to discover this new universe!!
As a first step I’I started to looking for geometric figures ( and not landscape at now ):
I admit: I cannot lost any pictures, I must capture every interesting scene that can happen in front of me…so, as many other photographers, I have always with me a little compact camerawith a 1” sensor, my personal ‘photoblock’ notes. One of the winning picture of the last World Press Photo (2016) was taken with a little GoPro camera. So my little “note” can reach high levels! There are very short poems that are masterpiece, aren’t they? But to get the most from that camera I have to know its limits. Some days ago a find some differences between a semi-professional camera and my compact….the first one can give me an ideaof what I can obtain with a‘different’camera 🙂
Black&White or Color filmsare dead? Luckily no at all! On the contrary now there is revival. But..but…there is a “but”: for Black&White is very difficult to find a laboratory that is able to develop your films, so you have to develop and print them by yourself..and this is a very good new! Yes because, as you can see in the slideshow, the “come out” of the photo in the development is truly magic! If you cannot arrange a dark room in your house, you can develop the films and scan them.
For Color Films: there are always a lot of laboratory ( I mean in Italy ) that are able to develop the color film, but the prints are not so good ( generally speaking ) and, in any case, they scan the films and print them as a standard digital photo. So it’s better to ask only for scanning.
Recently I bought a Nikon F5 camera. On the 90’s it was the analogic top camera and it costs about 2.500$ (only the body!!). I found it at 400$ ! And it’s and incredible camera.
See this pictures: only a minimum of post production ( levels and contrast ) .. I waited 3 days for the develops…but to await a pleasure is itself a pleasure..
You don’t need a great camerato take a great photo as you don’t need a big paintbrushto color a big painting. I have a question: “how was the giant Goliath killed?”, with a big cannon? No, with a little rock. Last sunday I took the following pictures with a little compact camera, a Sony RX100M3, not with a Nikon D5 or a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
I had a big help: the morning lights! 🙂 But I had to wake very early in the morning..and the “good light” last few minutes… In the evening I edited the RAW files them with Lightroom.
“Take the rose when it’s time, that the time, you know, flying and the same flower that blooms today, tomorrow will wither” ( Carpe Diem, italian poet Orazio)
The criminal always returns to the scene of the crime…and I return a lot of time in the same place..but in different season, in different time… The place is always different…as the editing is different. OK, I love this place: the Walls of the city of Lucca ( Italy).
Today I took a prehistoric photo with a prehistoric digital camera: Canon Powershot A100
Yes I said “prehistoric” because the A100 was produced in the year 2002 Wikipedia. So .. 14 year are like 14 centuries in the technology life ( not humanity’s life! ) … ore more?? Then I took the same pictures with a “modern” Fujifilm X100T( I used the quotation marks because the X100T was born in the 2014 .. )
Here you can see the two pictures ( edited with Lightroom, but only to adjust ( a minimum ) contrast, saturation and sharpening :
Canon Powershot A100
In these small size we cannot see a lot of differences..to be “human” I set 100 ISO in both of them 🙂 🙂
The “surprise” is on the details…. Can you figure out which is the X100T? 🙂 🙂