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.
So, some years ago, I took this photograph with a crappy little Canon point & shoot (which is coincidentally, still the camera I use now). I noticed a cool texture on a rusty chain by the Golden Gate Bridge and decided to shoot a macro of it. Uploaded it to Wikipedia and didn’t realize how cool it was until it was shortly thereafter made a featured picture for being one of the best on the site. It made the front page today, which is pretty exciting.
1. All images in the challenge must be taken by a disposable film camera.
2. All images in the challenge must be taken within a mile of the camera’s place of purchase.
3. All images must be uploaded unedited.
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