Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Camera Follies

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Well, we got our digital camera back, and it's doing the same bizarre things...maybe not quite so badly, but it's still disappointing. It still takes some good ones like the one I put up here, but they're outnumbered by the botched ones.

One of the cool things about not having the digital around was that I took more photos with my old Minolta film workhorse and the quality of the photos astounded me compared to the digital. Even using our exceptionally crappy scanner, you can see a major difference:

6 comments:

Ang said...

My gosh. A song and a poem and a painting could all be inspired by that photo of Ivy-beautiful.

Bradley Cooper, Winemaker said...

Your photos are excellent. As a father of four ranging in age from 25 to 5 may I respectfully suggest limiting your childrens' photo images to a select group for security reasons? Flickr allows a "friends and family" filter. It's a straight forward invite and accept process. Hope this doesn't bum you out too much.

Jeremy said...

I guess I've still been waiting for any indication of a threat or danger to my kids by having them live online like this. Of course I dearly hope that I don't regret it later, but honestly it doesn't really worry me. It's been three years already, with all photos public. I have private blogs as well, but so far I've been making the call to keep this stuff open. Did you have a scary personal story to share?

Jeremy said...

Thanks, Ang. She was pretending that it was a beach day, with the winter sun beaming in the window.

Lisa said...

I hear you on the digital camera -- I've been using my A70 almost exclusively since I got it, and the Canon SLR has been collecting dust.

But last summer we did a photography day, and to say I was blown away by the quality difference would be an understatement. Depth of field, the quality of green colours, just... awesome. It's unfortunate film is so clunky.

Jeremy said...

Hey Lisa -- great to hear from you again.

I totally know what you mean. The convenience and low costs for printing when I use the digital has spoiled me. I knew when I started using it that the quality of the photos wasn't as good as film, but it made taking photos more fun. Hauling around the old SLR (and bag) was a pain last week, as was missing lots of shots because I couldn't focus fast enough. Paying to develop all the prints (knowing many of them would be garbage) sucked.

Perhaps a balance is the way to go -- take the SLR out for special times when the right people are there, the light's great, the setting is beautiful, and you can stash the equipment when you aren't using it. For everything else, use the digital.

Or better yet, save up the cash to buy the kick-ass digital SLR and just get over the extra weight and bulk of carrying it around...hmmm....