I watched a friend of mine take what seemed like a hundred different pictures in front of some butterfly wings painted on a wall.
She looked at the end results and waved them off like a veteran pitcher on a baseball mound.
She kept deleting them until she had THE picture. She shared it to social media.
Boom. 300 likes.
She knows how to pick her photos.
She knows which photo makes her look good and which photo to wave off. She knows her style. She knows what her followers want to see.
I had to correct my own photo…
I walk most lunch breaks with my camera and a few rolls of film. I pick one street and I walk down that street for 20 minutes one way and then I turn around and walk back to work.
I kill a couple of birds with one stone that way. I get to see and learn about San Francisco. I get a little exercise, and I take photos.
You can’t beat it.
This one particular day is beautiful. I walked down Grant Street. The sun was shining, but it wasn’t too hot. And even though I love it, we didn’t…
I shot thirty-six photos every day for thirty days. Thirty-six is a low number.
“I can shoot 36 pictures no problem.” I thought.
There were many problems.
In the beginning, I would go a whole hour with nothing to show for it.
Everything straddled the fence between appealing and unappealing. Nothing stood out, and I took photos of buildings. That was all I could think to photograph. I froze for the first week.
There was too much going on. There was too much movement. When have you ever heard a street photographer say there was too much movement?
Ok, the above statement is a lie.
The sentiment, however, is very real. Save for work and the occasional cell phone image, I haven’t taken a single digital image in the last 2 years. And I like it this way.
As film shooters, we receive backlash because of the way we glorify an overpriced and largely unnecessary medium. Call me blasphemous if you want, but everything done on film can be easily accomplished on digital (Except large format, but that may change soon).
There is no doubt that digital is and will always be the superior medium.
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