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Shooting with Film in the Digital Age

I borrowed an Argus C3 rangefinder camera from a friend and tried my hand in shooting with it. This was a totally different experience compared to shooting with the Holga. Shooting with a rangefinder, especially with the Argus C3, require a lot of patience and research. I enjoy taking photographs with my digital Lumix but shooting with an old mechanical tool gives me a different kind of high. The metallic clink and clang of the Argus shutter, the pain of focusing, the metal knobs and gears, the quirky way of advancing the film, all these add up to a different kind of photography experience.

But then a camera is just a camera. Its main purpose is to capture images and I always believe that the image does not have to tell the viewer about the equipment used to achieve it. Here are a few samples of my successful experiment (after a first failure) with the camera also known as the “Brick.”

3 responses

  1. Very nice post. :) Suddenly I miss our old (now gone) camera.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

  2. Footloose

    Hey Lee,

    A propos of the tree pics, I would like to share with you a site where you can find interesting articles or video links. I thought the film of a forest in Malaysia overlaid with a sanitized narration of a Joseph Conrad passage ought to be passed around and propagated. The one of Alan de Bottom re religion, albeit a non-believer’s view, is also thought provoking.

    http://www.openculture.com/

    Cheers,

    Footloose

    January 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    • Oh wow!

      another website worth spending hours on. The Time-Life Series Library of Photography is something I have to thank you for. Shooting with film requires a lot of instinctive actions and a whole lot more emotions and questions. Did I mess up with my whole film roll? Was it exposed properly? Beautiful Insanity,

      February 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

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