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    Emerging from Digital (again)

    It seems there was a reason I didn't dismantle my darkroom a few years ago when I swore off film forever and let go my 8x10 camera along with my Leica M6. Suddenly, I found myself clicking the "BUY" button on eBay for another 4x5 Zone VI camera. In a few hours that camera along with a tripod, head, backpack, film, chemicals and more were on their way to my home.

    When I was torturing myself about dropping away from film photography and sending away my camera babies my wife just shrugged and said, "You can always buy another if you need it." And as usually the case -- she was right. Circumstance and opportunity for a new project had me thinking I needed a view camera. Remembering her words, rather than beat myself up about getting rid of the gear, I just bought it again.

    After years of shooting digital and printing (lately) with an Epson P800 I'm bringing the darkroom out of mothballs and readying myself for the old rituals.

    I still shoot digital for my blog (https:scooterinthesticks.com) entries, but I'm planning to haul the view camera along now to make a road series that I've been pondering for a long time. We'll see what happens. Could be crazy. But that's what dreams and photography are made of...
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    Re: Emerging from Digital (again)

    Welcome back! But be careful about where your shadow is, in case you don't want it in your composition. ...
    ... JMOwens (Mt. Pleasant, Wisc. USA)

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    Re: Emerging from Digital (again)

    Quote Originally Posted by JMO View Post
    Welcome back! But be careful about where your shadow is, in case you don't want it in your composition. ...
    I have to believe that the Steve intended full well to have his shadow along w/ the shadow of the tree be a major part of his composition. Right?

    BTW Welcome back Steve!

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    Re: Emerging from Digital (again)

    I too found the consistency of digital to be a bit monotonous, and own both 4x5 and 5x7 cameras! I love that I can use lenses from any age on them.


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    Re: Emerging from Digital (again)

    Good plan and sell all digital today as you can buy a far better one tomorrow. Even the glass...

    Been there done that.

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    Re: Emerging from Digital (again)

    Welcome back!

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    Re: Emerging from Digital (again)

    Quote Originally Posted by JMO View Post
    Welcome back! But be careful about where your shadow is, in case you don't want it in your composition. ...
    . My shadow was included by design. More and more I seem to find myself appearing in my photographs.

    Glad to be back in the large format realm. Looking forward to the darkroom especially.
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    Re: Emerging from Digital (again)

    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Pacilla View Post
    I have to believe that the Steve intended full well to have his shadow along w/ the shadow of the tree be a major part of his composition. Right?

    BTW Welcome back Steve!
    Yes sir Louis. My shadow inclusion was intentional.
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    Re: Emerging from Digital (again)

    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    I too found the consistency of digital to be a bit monotonous, and own both 4x5 and 5x7 cameras! I love that I can use lenses from any age on them.


    Kent in SD
    I didn't find digital monotonous as much as too fast for certain projects that require more contemplation. The view camera slows down my body and mind and forces a process that's just different. For a lot of work I would never ever want to use the view camera. But I've found something that makes sense for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Good plan and sell all digital today as you can buy a far better one tomorrow. Even the glass...

    Been there done that.
    I need the digital cameras for my Vespa blog photography. They support the kind of ongoing sketching required to support the things I write. For that they're perfect tools.
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