Remembering 2018 (Not a Best Of)

I recently saw a post on Twitter from Jim Goldstein ( @jimgoldstein ) asking photographers to collect a series of their best work from 2018 and blog and share it. One of the purposes of the exercise is to review 5-10 examples of recent work with a critical eye, looking for areas to improve on; at least that’s my take away from Jim’s post. That tweet inspired me to go back through the archives and review my work for the past 12 months, not to select a “best of” but to select a series of images that take me back to the moment of capture. I can name the place and time of each of these images. what the environment was like, and what I was thinking as I made the exposure. I can’t always do that.

I narrowed the photos down to 10 at first but added an extra image, well, because I can. The images are in order taken, from January to December and are a mix of film and digital. I’ve decided not to include any descriptions but am allowing them to stand (or fall) on their own.

Morro Sunset.jpg
Womens March.jpg
Roads End.jpg
Yaquina Lighthouse.jpg
Prevost Harbor Farm.jpg
Morro Jetty Wave 1.jpg
Cacti Morro Bay.jpg
Burning Bush.jpg

From Film to Digital and Back Again

Most of my early film work was done using Kodak Kodachrome and Ektachrome slide film. Unfortunately most of those images are lost as I fear I tossed them in a period when I was not shooting at all. Photography had lost it's interest for me and I thought I'd never wish to view those images again; how terribly foolish that was. A few slides remain from carousels and are included on this site. The only thing I can surmise now is that I became bored and tired of shipping off film for development. I no longer developed or printed at home; the darkroom equipment stored in the garage gathered dust.

In the mid 90's I began to dabble in web design and development and thought I needed a camera for site images. I happened upon an early Nikon digital coolpix 300 with it's 0.3MP sensor and began my journey down the digital pathway. Over the years I moved from the 300 to a CP7900 (7.1MP), then a D80 (10.2MP), followed by a D300s (12.3MP),  ending with my current digital camera a D810 (36.3MP). My days chasing megapixels are over. The D810 gives me all I could possibly want or need. I don't do commercial work and am no longer looking to sell large prints. 

In 2014 I bought a few rolls of black and white film and ran them through my F2 (which I purchased new in 1974). Although I didn't process them myself I enjoyed seeing the results. I dusted off my old film cameras (Nikon F, F2, F3, N2000, and purchased a used F100 and a new F6) and went looking for like minded souls and soon discovered a group of film enthusiasts on Twitter and Instagram. It's been interesting interacting with and learning from these photographers, some nearly half my age, and some even young enough to be my grandchildren! 

I still use the D810 on occasion; each time impressed by the quality of the images I obtain but there is just something about film I prefer at this point in my life. Maybe it's because as I get older I find myself looking back to the times when life was simpler and less encumbered by technology, infowars, and Donald J. Trump. 

I can't and won't argue the technical merits of film versus digital; the resolution, the dynamic range, and overall image quality among others. I'll leave that to those who are obsessed by such things. I'll just enjoy my Velvia, Provia, Ektar, Portra, Delta, HP5+, HP4 and Acros one roll at a time as long as they are available.