|Message from adamsf
Film rocks . . . rich tones . . . digital, eh, not so much . . .
In the past year, my concept of art and photography have changed. In August I bought a Nikon D80 (now sold) so that I could take documentary style photographs of the ongoing construction in my city, San Francisco. For me, photography centered more around composition, and later, lighting and color.
I then took a digital photography class at the San Francisco Art Institute so I would learn how to use my new camera. For one assignment, my teacher selected (as an example of better photography) one of my ill composed, poorly lit photographs of a woman lying ambiguously on a beach - - passing up a much more “beautiful” architectural photo that I’d submitted. And I thought, “what the f?”
In January, I started taking a photo survey class (part-time) at the Academy of Art. Some photographers immediately got under my skin, while others who were very talented never did, and I began to understand why my teacher at SFAI selected that photo. Art teaches us something about who were are and how we fit into this world. More than beauty, art encourages us to think.
I've learned more from looking at the Holga 120 pics on PBase than any other camera. I started to become addicted after using my professor's 8x10 wood view camera and seeing the prints.
I welcome anyone to tell me what works with my photos and what doesn't work.
If you would like to read a very good book on composition, try Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0240809343/
Mamiya 645 Pro TL
The Sinar F2 is looking pretty good . . .
A Small World. Places where I have lived and/or visited. Interesting that I seem to stick to the same latitude.