In these days of Digitalization of all the aspects of our lives, it looks a little “retro” to work with Film in Photography.
And, the truth is: it is!!
I was born, Photographically talking, with a Zenit-E and B&W film that I was developing in my bathroom, screening the glass of the door with dark towels, and using the top of my mom washing machine as developing and printing desk, learning and fighting against technical and economical problems…..so, probably, now, close to the end of my life, when, finally, cameras as the Mamiya RZ67, and the wonderful lenses of this system, are available for pennies, substituted by the latest generation of Digital Cameras, and I could buy one full system, it is like a jump to the past with the tools that in those moments i thought would be mine in the future….
I substituted the Lupo enlarger with an Epson scanner, and the paper is not anymore developed in the trays, but the smell of the developer, bath stop and fixer, still fill my small wet darkroom during some hours, in the very deep night, a couple of times per month.
Crawling Grass at Puntarenitas Three Belts of Light
The Picture above had been taken with my Mamiya RZ67, and a lens of 65mm F/4 , with the addition of a green filter, for to make lighter the light green of the crawling grass, and a graduated neutral filter for to reduce the light of the sky and make the clouds visible, and if you add the several measurements with the exposimeter, you will have an idea of the care and the thinking work behind this picture taken with the ancestral tools and methods I still like.
White Rocks and Foam at Matapalo Beach
This second picture had been taken with my Nikon D300 and the all-the-time-on, 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5, with no glass filters, on monochrome setting, is the result of a process very similar to the first Picture, but nothing had been done “on the field”, all the filtering and gradual reduction of the light of the sky, clearly out of the dynamic range of the sensor, had been done in front of the monitor, thanks to Lightroom program, that allowed me to modify the image I took on the beach, reproducing a similar light scheme present in the Film capture of the first one.
Final result is very similar, but the pleasure I proved taking, and processing these two images is much more in the Film situation rather than in the Digital one.
Any comment is very welcome.