Now a days, I could honestly care less what imaging device you hand me to create a photo, however, if I can’t afford to see my work after…my preferences start being driven towards those mediums in which I can. A great example of this happened to me over the past weekend, while I visited Santa Cruz with my girlfriend. Since the trip was focused on an early Valentines Day, I took one digital camera body and wasn’t really hunting a perfect shot, or to work with any specific surfer. In typical, lucky guy fashion, the weather and waves were amazing all weekend, so I took the opportunity to work on my skills creating several types of images I’m keen on. All in all, I shot roughly 1300 photographs over the two days and had a ton of fun walking around with Jen. Now here is where “cost” ties in to the whole story…had I taken those 1300 pictures on my AE-1, 35mm film camera, it would have cost me somewhere around $150 USD in film alone and approximately another $1000 to have them developed and accompanied with a high res scan(since I don’t have a darkroom or the required knowledge to do it myself). That’s $1150 I would have had to invest simply to see the work I had done. Next, is the fact that I was trying some fairly difficult shots…and of those 1300 photos, only 250 were photographically “sound” or artistically intriguing. Bang, about $845 of that initial $1150 I theoretically spent, would have gone straight in the trash can and been a painful reminder of my bruised ego.
Let’s compare this cost, to that of having used my 7Dii. The life expectancy on this camera body is about 200,000 photos, so shutter depreciation winds up being about $0.005(a half cent) per image. Having taken 1300 photos, that would equal $6.50 in “camera life” and is what I’ll chalk up as a “developing cost”. So now I’m throwing away just $5.25 instead of $845 for the 1050 rubish images I shot. That’s a lot more within my budget for a round of “practice”. So even on days when I can capture “photographically sound” images every frame, my costs are exponentially higher and it’s unfortunately what prevents me from shooting film a lot of them time.
A half cent of practice from the weekend.
It’s hard for me to not hear the voice of @igibsonproperties when I review certain images I’ve shot. Just one phrase…but it makes me laugh quite often. “Neo-Purist”. He said it well over a year ago, and I truly didn’t understand what he meant at the time. Since then I think I’ve been able to comprehend what he meant, and really find it to be a spot on assessment of my non-traditional, and sometimes weird approach to creating images. It’s simply that I want to give a viewer a new, relevant, yet pure look at the beautiful places we go to find and enjoy waves. So thanks Ian, for so politely and eloquently wording what I’ve come to realize is my “style” amigo.🙏🏻👆🏻👼🏾👼🏿👼🏿👼🏻