View Poll Results: Your personal anxieties about LF (You can vote more than one)

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  • 1) Limited local places to shoot

    30 17.44%
  • 2) General costs & logistics (transportation, space, learning)

    30 17.44%
  • 3) Time away from other priorities (family, job, pets, etc.)

    35 20.35%
  • 4) My age/health/motivation/fulfillment

    34 19.77%
  • 5) Gear (camera/lenses/tripod/enlarger/scanner)

    8 4.65%
  • 6) Film & development

    46 26.74%
  • 7) Printing & display/exhibitions

    22 12.79%
  • 8) Scanning/digital processing

    19 11.05%
  • 9) My post count (too low/too high) ;^)

    4 2.33%
  • 10) Other: (Please share!)

    26 15.12%
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Thread: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

  1. #21
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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Definitely a mixture for me... Its a matter of getting time away from the family and work, cost of film (when shooting Velvia 50) and cost of getting to locations I like to shoot... Because I work long hours and usually 6 days a week, the Mrs rarely wants me disappearing on sunday to shoot, and with 2 kids, a mortgage, a dog and 2 cars/registration, insurance etc etc on one wage... Sometimes even if I have the time, I might not have the money available in the budget to drive 3hrs to get to a really great location, or I might not have enough film to go and shoot, or might not want to shoot any more film until I get chems to develop what I have already shot...

    Its a stupid problem to have, but it is a problem just the same... I did get sick of the costs a while back, sold my 4x5, 6x17, jobo, film, lenses, meter.. the lot.. bought a Nikon D800, shot it about 5 times... sold it, bought back into 4x5... No matter how much I sometimes struggle with the financial aspects of shooting 4x5. No other method of image making gives me a sense of connection to the final image like LF does.... 617 is close... but I suppose a bi-product of the amount of time you spend perfecting a composition, depth of field and exposure when shooting 4x5 is that you really have to love the image on the ground glass before you fire the shutter.. So when you finally make your exposure, get home, find the time to develop films etc, the resulting images are rarely a disappointment.
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    8x20 8x10 John Jarosz's Avatar
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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Film is my #1 concern. While it's possible to do your own, wet plate is not really a practical solution. I'd really like to continue my 8x20 work but film availability is going to stop me eventually. All other aspects of Photography can be handled one way or another if you have film for capture.

    #2 concern is that my ability to handle the 8x20 equipment will gradually disappear as I age.

    So it's a race between film availability and manual dexterity. Yikes!

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexn View Post
    I suppose a bi-product of the amount of time you spend perfecting a composition, depth of field and exposure when shooting 4x5 is that you really have to love the image on the ground glass before you fire the shutter…
    Yes, the amount of time devoted to one's passion is a magic healer of any related anxieties. Or at least a way to soften them. "The excitement in finding the image, in seeing it and being enthralled about it," as Nathan says above, has great medicinal value – physically, mentally, emotionally.


    Quote Originally Posted by John Jarosz View Post
    My #2 concern is that my ability to handle the 8x20 equipment will gradually disappear as I age.
    If I had ever tried 8x20, my ability might have disappeared by the creaky age of 30!

    I admire your ongoing stamina.

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    that my kid sells off my heliars for 10 bucks a pop after I croak

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrTang View Post
    that my kid sells off my heliars for 10 bucks a pop after I croak
    Write up a price catalogue for them....

    OR give an order in the will to give one lens to each of the top posters on APUG...

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Was going through my negative archive trying to organize them on the weekend and wondering what will happen to them after I'm gone? Should I burn them all like Brett Weston and save my kids the headache?
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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    My only anxiety is that one day I'll log onto the internet and learn that I do not know what is the defination of a telephoto lens.

    David

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    #10 -- Other

    Exposed but undeveloped film. Don't like that, got lots of it from as far back as February (a DV, and YNP trip), and two later trips to YNP. 8x10's and 11x14's. Too many.

    But just got some anxiety medicine (pyro developers) in the mail so all will be well. No need for the straight jacket, honestly, I am feeling much better...
    "Landscapes exist in the material world yet soar in the realms of the spirit..." Tsung Ping, 5th Century China

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    I do LF to remove anxieties. So that word is too strong, but I do hope reasonable priced film will continue to be available. If not, I'll just do 100% wetplate. No anxiety.

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    But just got some anxiety medicine (pyro developers).............
    yes lord he's got the cure!!!!!!
    Thanks,
    Kirk

    at age 70:
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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