I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that, for me, shooting street on film is better than digital. Why? It’s because I end up developing the film like a month later and I can then edit the images with less bias.
I fell victim to the “shoot image on digital, thinks it looks great, and upload it” trap. Once the excitement wore off, I realized the image sucked, but I had already uploaded it and the world got to see it. This is NOT good for the art work I want to share with the world, and bad for my style development.
My last street walk was in September and I shot film exclusively. Out of the 2 1/2 rolls I shot (72 images), I got 5 keepers, one great keeper IMHO. I feel like my hit ratio is higher with film, mostly because I’m more conscious and frame my shot, instead of my usual “snipe” shooting with the GRD3.
Don’t get me wrong, I still use the GRD3 for all kinds of things, but when it comes to shooting street all my favorite photographers still shoot film. I think I’m rediscovering the reason why they still do.
I thought I would never fall into that trap, but I did. The older you get, the less time you have to do the things that make you happy, because you’re working for a mortgage, bills, your kids. A lot of these things are choices and many are made out of love.
Every once in a while you can almost grasp the threads of your dreams, and for a split second they’re attainable once more. Almost.
In this day and age, most of my photography lives in the cloud. It’s great from a sharing standpoint, but terrible from a printing standpoint. I recently started printing some of my Hipstamatic photos, the ones I mostly share on Flickr or Instagram, just to see how they turn out.
They turned out better than I expected and I was surprised at how much visual impact the photos have in printed form. Needless to say, I will start printing more of my photos.
Every Sunday my daughter and I go to Chinese School. It’s a fun day for us because we stop at Dunkin Donuts and get a coffee and a donut – then it’s off to school to learn how to read and speak Chinese.
After lessons are done we stick around for the cultural hour and play Weiqi. My daughter is picking up Weiqi pretty fast and even I play an occasional game against a high level master. Of course I get my ass beaten but I don’t care, the Sunday routine with Emily is what’s important to me.
My neighbor likes to walk and hike a lot, and I joined him on a circuit hike early in the morning on New Years Eve. We hiked a moderatly strenuous trail for about an hour and half and then took a quick trip to the Weiss Ecology Center. For NJ, the views were incredible and I got some much needed exercise. We’re planning on doing another hike this coming Saturday.