Well, if that isn’t a rip-off title, I don’t know what is. Anyway, I promised more photos from last year to atone for my blogging delinquency, so here I am. But it gets worse – on top of stealing the title, in truth it isn’t even accurate. You see, as I mentioned previously, I didn’t really take a lot of pictures in 2012. And apparently, of those I did manage to take, more than I thought seem to have been digital.
Now before you start screaming “Heretic!” and go about building the bonfire around the stake, allow me to explain. I like film, I really do. When I take pictures with my film cameras, it feels like real photography: the mechanical feel of the controls, the sensation of releasing the shutter and feeling it snap open and shut, the solidity of the cameras themselves. These are all good things. Unfortunately, being human, I am also lazy at times, and as any pseudo-pop-internet-photo-science guy will tell you, the First Law of Photography is: Lazy + Photography = Digital. Or maybe it’s the Second Law. And let’s not even mention the highly controversial Cellphone Camera Corollary, which we don’t have time to get into now. In any case, it appears that I allowed myself to wallow in the ease of digital more than I thought I had last year. Consequences, shmonsequences, as long as I got some pictures.
So we find ourselves in the peculiar position of looking at digital photos on a blog called Filmosaur. It reeks of hypocrisy, I know, but you’re just going to have to suck it up. I have.
With that unpleasantness out of the way, these pictures are from New England, specifically Rhode Island and Maine. We made two trips to Rhode Island, one to Newport and one to Providence; our time in Maine was spent in and around Portland. All of these were shot with my Canon G12. The camera was set to shot JPGs, not RAW (more laziness!), so there’s very little post-processing, though some shots are cropped.
For some reason the sunsets in Newport were amazing light shows every night. The colors were quite incredible, especially along the water. This is shot at 1/250 at f/4 and ISO 100. (There’s a genuine plus for digital: it allows you to go back and check your exposure settings whenever you like. Try that with film.)
Sunset pictures are rather trite, I admit. But it was pretty, and we’ve already gone on enough about my laziness, so there you go. 1/500 and f/4 at ISO 100.
No such natural fireworks in Providence, so I had to help things along. One thing I’ll say for digital, it does allow you to experiment much more freely with things like long exposures at night. I doubt I’d even try to capture a shot like this on film; it would probably take an half a roll just to get the exposure right. This is a 1/2 second shutter at f/2.8 and ISO 400 braced on a windowsill.
It’s interesting to see just how many different colors there are at night, and especially how the colors of the light sources vary much more than during the day. I was trying to capture some movement in the lights (I only caught the one car visible at bottom right), so I used a 2 second shutter at f/8 and ISO 400.
On to Maine now, on the afternoon mail boat to the islands of Casco Bay. I suppose I should mention I have a mild obsession with catching photos of birds in flight. I don’t know why this is; perhaps because it seems like they’re taunting me, and I want to beat them at whatever sick, twisted mind game they’re playing. This one was pretty cooperative, all things considered. Maybe he’s more well-adjusted than most, or maybe he was just toying with me. 1/640 at f/8 and ISO 400.
The ubiquitous lobster boat, unofficial symbol of the state of Maine. I’ve been on a lobster boat. Suffice it to say they are more photogenic (and not as pungent) at a safe distance. 1/800, f/8, and ISO 400.
So there you have it, a little glimpse into Your Humble Filmosaur’s heretical lapse into digital. I can only hope you’ll forgive me, but I won’t really be bothered if you don’t.