Accidents. Very happy accidents.
Allow me to begin by saying that this is not intended to be a ‘screw digital’ post, as there have been many. My studio has fully embraced digital photography and most of my commercial work is shot with the 1ds MarkIII, a 21MP camera that creates stunningly beautiful images. And the ability to have the art director view the shoot in progress is one area that digital has a firm hold over film.
That being said, here is one example of why I still love shooting film whenever possible.
I was in San Diego a few weeks back shooting 2008 Olympian, Brady Ellision for Phoenix Magazine. I shot primarily digital but I also brought my medium and large format cameras for additional options. I didn’t end up shooting with my medium format but did pull out my 4×5. And thank God I did. This particular frame got exposed as it was pulled out of the film holder and in doing so helped create a look beyond what I could have imagined. The flames, the colors saturation and the burn of the light leak all go along with the imagery and mythology of an archer. And to be blunt, I just dig it.
To quiet any of the cats who think it’s all crazy Photoshop work, I decided to photograph the actual chrome on my studio light table to show that it’s not fake.
NOTE: I didn’t intend to have two posts back to back that have images in reference to each other and don’t see it continuing along this path. Then again, a month ago I didn’t intend on having a blog that continued along any particular path. So you never know, if you know what I mean.