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How things change

I've been using digital cameras for nearly 10 years now, and it's hard to remember the hassles of buying film and sending it off to be developed. I do remember trying to find the "Kodak moment", as I husbanded my way through the meagre 36 shot roll of 35 mm film in my OM 10.

Saturday afternoon we were on the Californian coast, in the little fishing village of Moss Landing, one of my favourite photography locations (and the fact that you can get a decent fish supper there doesn't hurt!). There were three sea otters in the harbour, one feeding by breaking mussels on a stone. Then there was the sea lion stunting with the surfers on the beach, in amongst the spectacular breakers. And after dinner the sky lit up with a spectacular sunset.

The grand total for the day? 292 images. That's the equivalent of more than 8 rolls of film in three or so hours. I hate to think what the processing would have cost! Now all I have to do is stick the 8GB SDHC card in my laptop, and the images are ready for me to edit and upload.

A fun few hours, and I got my halibut too...

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the_gardener
Apr. 28th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
I've been using a digital camera for about a year now, but it doesn't seem to have altered the number of pictures I actually shoot. I used to burn my way through a dozen or so rolls of 36-exposure 35mm film on a long weekend away somewhere, and still take an equivalent number of digital images.

Of course, it does help that you can delete the duff images as you go, rather than having to develop the whole roll and then throw them away. Because I still take my digital images to my local Jessops and have them turned into prints for my photo albums -- although the developing costs are of course a lot less!
megadog
Apr. 28th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Digital photography does make us lazy, yes: must confess I tend to do a *lot* more of the exposure-bracketing thing now I don't have to worry about the actual cost of developing - it's particularly handy when shooting in variable light conditions.

There's also always the temptation to hold he button down and pan with the target firing off a series of shots until the camera's buffer fills up: the problem then is that the camera invariably goes 'numb' on you for a few seconds precisely at the wrong moment and you miss something worthwhile.

Still, a fistful of 4Gb CF cards are cheap and vastly more portable than a bagful of 35mm film... and somehow I never seemed to have the *right* speed of film in the camera either. Fast-moving stuff and ASA50 film just doesn't work.
timill
Apr. 29th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
So you were doing all this just for the halibut?
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