The police department was using Speed Graphics when I worked for them. I used to take one of the extra cameras and use it from time to time. I didn't get to take many pictures but I had a lot of fun with it.
Common sense and deodorant are a lot alike. People who need it the most don't use it.
I miss film. When I used to work on shoots w/professional photogs, I enjoyed the suspense and excitement of waiting for the tests to come back from the lab so we could adjust as necessary and keep shooting. Of course, with studio shoots, it was often necessary to leave sets or table-top arrangements intact overnight in case the final film was unsatisfactory. Now it's all instant gratification with digital.
30-some years ago, I shot an ad campaign for Cadbury and we had to do a live pour of coating chocolate with a 11x14 view camera. Two days to build the set (it was an engineering marvel), another full day to warm the chocolate to the right consistency, and three days of shooting — take after take after take...
My first semester of Photography at Mass Art was all shot with a Calumet 4x5 view camera. Gawd, did I love that thing! My teacher for three years was Gus Kayafus. He cut his teeth in Minor White's lab and now runs an awesome gallery in Boston.
Ah, b&w film. I have spent years in a darkroom. I taught a community college even class for 15 years. I would say I feel I accomplished the mist in doing that. I had students come in who didn't have a camera yet but when the finished my one semester class and especially if they took my second class, come out of there to be accomplished photographers. Had several go ahead and set up portrait Studios.
In 2002 I sold all my film stuff except my enlarger to go digital. Yes I loved the film but I can do so very much more, better, easier and quicker with digital.
And loved the look of the negative I got using Polaroid film
Oh, if anyone would like my Vivitar VI enlarger with Color head and lense and carriers let me know. You can have it FREE for shipping
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
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