Film photography – does it have a soul?
The weather in Ireland was dark, greyish, low light for days, in one word not ideal for someone who uses natural light for still photography on film. Finally, yesterday I had enough of waiting and setup the scene. Lilies that we bought few days ago were getting old and first petal dropped in the middle of shooting. They are heavy scented, and rich in colour, not something you want to keep in your living room. The same type of lilies we grew in our garden back home in Croatia.
The first photo is digital, Fujifilm Acros simulation from Xt3 camera.
The second photo is colour digital, XT3 Fujifilm simulation Velvia.
And the last photo is my preferred choice, 4×5 Rollei Ortho 25 plus, Toyo45a. It is a long exposure, 20 minutes 30 seconds, like I said, very low light coming from the window. I used artificial fill in light from two additional sides. This is not the only frame I shot on film, but it is my preferred choice and here is why.
The flower moved.
It moved during long exposure. It moved towards the light. This was the first shot I took after initial setup. There was no movement in the room, no breeze, no-one but me and two flowers obviously moved and blurred the image.
This is a cut, closeup to so you can better see the movement.
It is that small expression of life in the still-life that excites me.
Unexpected captured on film. The mystery behind developing negatives in the darkroom.
That is why I love loose paint strokes, and watercolours that flow semi-freely on paper. It all brings magic to the finally image.
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