One man's Mede is another man's Persian.
It isn't a question of "enjoyment." I actually kind of enjoyed doing all that stuff. It was just part and parcel of the darkroom experience. But I never deluded myself into thinking I was doing anything creative with it so in that sense to me it was "drudge" work.
Which is one of the many reasons I prefer editing and printing digitally - it's just the opposite of the darkroom in the sense that almost all the time spent working on the image is creative work, almost no "drudge work." And before anyone takes offense, this isn't a matter of which is "better," just which I prefer and one of the reasons why. Others prefer the darkroom, and that's fine for them.
Last edited by Brian Ellis; 18-Aug-2012 at 17:56.
Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you do criticize them you'll be
a mile away and you'll have their shoes.
There's composing and there's performing. Like Ansel says.
I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
Just one added perspective...although I don't know what, if anything, it means. I've taught an intro to large format class at the community college (Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA) as part of my regular teaching load. All three times I've offered the class, it takes a couple of years for me to cycle through the classes I offer, it has been full with a wait list.
I often end up helping the students find used gear of their own after they've completed the class. Of course there's always a few who wouldn't do that again on a dare. But there are some "young ins" coming along.