I seem to remember how to work a Camera. However, my stubby fingers are no match for the ubiquitously small digital gadgets,that seem to pervade the market today! No, give me my old Mamiya RZ 67 any day! The whole process was a study in perfection, selecting the lighting, film, product placement, the model Ah yes, the model! Even loading the film, clipping the film back onto the camera body, attaching the lenses, where has it all gone? As you all know by now my digital camera took a tumble, so I am on the look out for a good, useful and easy to handle camera.
But they`re all to bloody small! If I press the shutter on one, it also triggers the mode, or some such other button. I dont want the camera to make tea! Just take a picture, and to let me select the composition, lighting and colour rendition. I dont want to spend six weeks reading the manual! To do so would require new spectacles! Or laser treatment. Good God! Where has proper film gone?
I have been trying out one of my friends digital thingy`s! It looked really good, almost like a real camera. But then after I pressed the shutter, a symbol came up in the view finder, then a light flashed, and it then wanted to know if I would like to alter the colour saturation?………..I handed this electronic monster back to my friend, I was starting to become almost depressed. But two days ago, another old friend, still in the business, asked me round for tea. (Whisky!) After several hours of idle chat, he said, “ I have an 8x10 plate in the studio!” Well, I almost died and went to heaven!
There it was! A magnificent Mahogany bodied piece of technical heaven! A Plate camera, Oh my God! I fondled the wooden body, the smooth sensual feel of heavy wood. The glossy smoothness of the beast before me, caused desire to well up in one! The Schneider Kreuznach Lenses, all perfect and crystal sharp, then finally, the ultimate piece of equipment, part of which is essential.
The Film holder! A single sheet of colour negative film, encased in the film slide. I inserted the film slide into the holder at the rear of the camera, and lowered my head, and as I did so, lifted the black velvet cloth over my head and shoulders! It was almost erotic! Removing the film slide, I could clearly see through the lens, currently stopped open at f4, although as is normal, the view was upside down, it was fantastic! The emotions all came flooding back to me, the tension, the sense of wonder as the shutter clicked down, capturing the image before you! Ahhh! The wonder of it all! Knowing that you have taken a masterpiece! The developing of the film, the waiting, the suspense!
Daguerre wasnt wrong, he knew a thing or two! ………..Then I stood back, I realised this wasnt to be, my day had gone. Mainly `cause this contraption weighed a bloody ton! And I was at least 25 years older! So lugging it up a hill, or doing an Ansell Adams was out of the question!
Anybody know of a good point and shoot digital??