ARCHIVE 254 – SELFIE ON A BRIDGE
October 13, 2016 18 Comments
The striking shadow and backdrop were too good to miss, and I angled the camera so that, instead of being horizontal, the footbridge’s shadow cuts a powerful, stark diagonal right across the photo, more or less from top left to bottom right. The background, a dry overspill channel, is quite rugged and textured, and also variously green – this shot also works in black and white.
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F6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide rated at 800 ISO.
UPDATE: its almost unreal to see that this photo was originally taken as a colour slide/transparency – taken on 35mm FILM!!! And I was having the film push processed, which means that although the film was rated at 400 ISO, I asked the company who were going to develop it to treat it as if it had a speed of 800 ISO. The firm were (and still are, I think) based in Cheltenham in the UK, and sending the exposed film to them – and receiving back the developed colour slides in a neat plastic box – all took place via the UK postal system.
Provia 400X was a wonderful film, excellent colours, fine grain, and I had no hesitation in having it push processed up to 3200 ISO or even higher on occasion. Had digital photography not come onto the scene, I would certainly still be using 400X (or its descendants) now.
And film? Well its only 7 years since this photo was taken, but all that seems such a long time ago. Would I ever go back to using film? Definitely not, absolutely certainly not. The creative advantages provided by digital photography simply cannot be ignored.