Film & Digital: Embrace It All

A few years ago my Dad gave me my Granddad’s old camera. A 1966 Kodak. Fully manual. No batteries, slightly buffed-up lens, working mechanical light meter. An absolute gem.

It is only now that I have started to appreciate this masterpiece of photographic equipment. The lens may be slightly battered, but the shots are crystal clear. I may have to re-load film every 36 shots, but my battery never dies. The depth of field is astonishing.

The digital ‘revolution’ has created a world full of amateur photographers, and this isn’t necessarily a negative thing. I do however wonder how many people understand photography as art, photography as knowledge of projection, photography as combination of light and chemicals, photography as not shooting 200 and discarding 198.

Shooting on film with a camera that requires care and attention has revived my creative interest in photography, and my digital SLR photography can only benefit from the following thoughts:

Don’t waste a shot
Choose subjects carefully
If you choose to be avant-garde, use your equipment to its maximum potential
Frame
Choose your light with knowledge of the outcome
Experiment with care 

I own a Canon EOS 5D. And I love it. But this fully manual relic with it’s many intricate functions is like a friend that I have to nurture and encourage…

 

Abandoned Barn, Swiss Alps | Photo by Pete Foster

Abandoned Barn, Swiss Alps | Photo by Pete Foster

 

Tree Wall, Mountains | Photo by Pete Foster

Tree Wall, Mountains | Photo by Pete Foster

Morning Commute, B.C. | Photo by Pete Foster

Morning Commute, B.C. | Photo by Pete Foster

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New York, New York

The Bootpack team are planning a late year trip to the city this November.

Is there any city more inspiring than New York? We haven’t been everywhere so can’t give a definitive answer, but the consensus seems to be on the Big Apple’s side. Check these phantastic snowy New York shots from Rinze van Brug, spotted on the Behance Network.

New York by Rinze van Brug | Source: behance.net

New York by Rinze van Brug | Source: behance.net

New York by Rinze van Brug | Source: behance.net

New York by Rinze van Brug | Source: behance.net

New York by Rinze van Brug | Source: behance.net

New York by Rinze van Brug | Source: behance.net

Remote Locations, Dusky Colours

We are big fans of snow and remoteness here. I stumbled across Piotr Adam Szuszkiewicz’s portfolio on the Behance Network and was reminded of a legend of landscape photography: Ansel Adams.

Open landscapes and large areas of overwhelming colour work on a very elemental level; people love to be reminded how small they are and just how large the world in which we live actually is. Even if it’s a thumbnail, a great photograph can communicate this fundamental feeling.

If you’ve never taken a peek at the Ansel Adams website, click here and be impressed.

By Piotr Adam Szuszkiewicz | Source: behance.net

By Piotr Adam Szuszkiewicz | Source: behance.net

Sierra Nevada, Winter Evening by Ansel Adams | Source: anseladams.com

Sierra Nevada, Winter Evening by Ansel Adams | Source: anseladams.com

Bootpack Photography: A Selfish Plug

The new Bootpack Photography website will be live this summer. As soon as I twist my head around all things CSS, HTML and Javascript (with a little help). Updates will appear on these pages, along with our thoughts on the mad and wonderful world of photography, photographic subjects, crazy cameras, film revivals and photographers who may be better than we are…