I don’t like WordPress’ way of displaying images. Actually, scratch that, I don’t like the way high-resolution images get displayed on monitors. I shoot my images at 12 megapixels, which equates to 4000×3000 pixels. The typical monitor has a resolution of 1920×1080, and as a result, huge images like that have their details blurred, what was a sharp line filled with definition and color comes out as an amorphous blob of color. I don’t know if things are going to improve when ultra-high res displays like Apple’s Retina or 4K televisions become mainstream, but consider me annoyed. Right now, I think the best way to distribute and consume photographs is through printed media, preferably on glossy paper printed with a commercial printer, framed and well lit. But for now, viewing images of such resolution through a monitor doesn’t quite communicate the intended experience.
In this particular set of pictures, I focus on doing interesting things with lighting, doing stuff like shooting a digital picture through a sheet of photographic film. I think I was successful in doing that. That said, I feel too many of the shots I take here feel derivative or unoriginal, mostly shooting in twilight to get the effect I want. I’ll figure it out.
So I’ve been shooting on a Canon Rebel 2000. Its a fun camera to use. I picked up a rare roll of Ilford 200 SFX Infrared film, a special effects black and white film used for art-photography that produces strange, surreal effects. Here are the results of a month of intermittent shooting on this roll.
Generally, I composed my shots, but there are a few hip-shots in this set. If anything, this was an interesting, fun, and ultimately nerve-wracking film to shoot on. The unpredictable effects that it has on light and color can change anything.
I took the Rusty Chain macro I took some time ago and databended it. I created nine different image files for each cut/paste/edit of the image’s code to show the effects of each step of data bending. Its cool stuff, almost desktop material.