I shot this more than 30 years ago. The negative has dust and scratches but nothing the software of my scanner cannot repair.
I wonder if my digital images would survive 3 decades. There is this old cigar-box I have with negatives and even glass negatives. They can still be scanned albeit they are over 50 to 60 years old.
Film will never die.
Let me do a shout out for the young guys on the Youtube Channel “Negative Feedback”. They are passionate about film photography and have gathered quite an audience already. Hell, they even know what they are talking about. Isn’t that great?
I shot this butterfly more than 30 years ago on film. If my house does not burn down in the next few decades I will still have this negative. How about your hard disks? How many copies can you make to make sure you have it all? And maybe you get lucky and your floppies or disks survive time.
CRC-error reading NEF.
Error reading DNG-file.
Unknown error reading CRW-file.
But then again, will there still be scanners to scan your negatives?
We all think what we use is the best, will survive time. Sure, negatives will survive time better than digital files.
But is it a sure bet?
Next Saturday Sweetheart and I are leaving for Denmark. It is a +1000 km drive meaning we’ll be on the road for more than 10 hours.
In Germany, at a certain point, we’ll have to take the ferry to take us to that part of Denmark that leads to Copenhagen and further to our destination, Helsingør.
The ferry seems to be reservation only meaning we’ll have to be there at a reserved hour. We also need to be at our hotel before 21:00. Don’t ask me why. Maybe they go to sleep early in Denmark.
On the road we could encounter traffic jams or a flat tire of whatever.
I love driving and traveling by car as it gives kind of total freedom.
I am not perfect and I have serious issues when plans change the last-minute as they push me out of my comfort zone.
Although I have traveled quite a lot and a few times by airplane, I hate flying. Yes I know, it still is the safest way of transportation but flying simply terrifies me.
A reason we don’t fly is also because I told Sweetheart we can easily drive back if she is urgently needed a home. If you have to drive a whole day this is really a stupid reason and more an excuse to not fly.
As I don’t like to fly I haven’t checked fares either and also I had the impression renting a car is very expensive.
Paying for a parking space at an airport also feels like something I’d rather not do.
This morning Sweetheart and I discussed our trip and then, well, it kind of happened after a hint she made. I knew Sweetheart was right.
Also I remembered that, quite some time ago, I promised Sweetheart I would be the one she would fly with for the first time in her life.
So I surfed to Ryanair, an Irish low-cost airline. About half an hour later I had ordered tickets, some extra’s, rented a car plus insurance. Hell, I was sweating like a pig. Changing plans last-minute, the idea of flying…
So next Saturday, early in the morning, Sweetheart will be picking me up and then we’ll be heading for the airport of Charleroi.
Take-off at 06:40 with arrival in Copenhagen little past 08:00.
Six days later we’ll have a ride back home.
It is Sweetheart’s son who will be driving us to and from the airport.
The total cost of the flight and the rental is about the same as I had projected for driving my own car. But we have 2 extra days we would have spent driving, less stress and no worries.
We’ll, to tell the truth, I am already terrified knowing I’m going to fly.
There is only one and not so important downside. I’ll have to cut down in photography equipment as I had planned to take a medium format camera for landscapes.
Guess I’ll be taking my Ricoh GR and the 21mm add-on lens with me for general use and two Olympus OM camera’s, some glass or two Nikon’s. I’m not sure yet.
On the other hand, we are on holiday and this means Q-time.
The Zeeland Bridge is the longest bridge in the Netherlands. The bridge spans the Oosterschelde estuary. It connects the islands of Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland in the province of Zeeland.
The Zeeland Bridge was built between 1963 and 1965. At the time of its completion, it was the longest bridge of Europe. It has a total length of 5,022 meters, and consists of 48 spans of 95 meters, 2 spans of 72.5 meters and a movable bridge with a width of 40 meters.
The province of Zeeland borrowed the money for the construction of the bridge. The loan was repaid by levying tolls for the first 24 years.
Overall I don’t like the way the Agfa Vista 200 renders the colors.
Past Saturday, a day that started with a drizzle and dark grey clouds, turned into a hot, sunny with a clouded blue sky afternoon.
I drove to Zeeland in The Netherlands and made some long exposure shots with my Bronica. Exposures taking 5 to 10 minutes.
Back home I developed the film and my pleasure and anticipation dropped well below zero when I saw the results. Bad and clouded negatives, unusable. A light leak in my Bronica or something I did wrong while developing.
It made me think for a minute… Why all this effort when I could easily have bought a full frame digital camera and some good glass with the money I spend on old camera’s and stuff.
What I love about old camera’s is that it makes me careful when I shoot, because I cannot check the result immediately. Then there is the development process where stuff can go wrong. It is an adventure, not for the lazy, because it is working, being there with what you are doing. It is almost handmade work.
When an image is not okay because I fucked it up in some way, during the shoot or development, well, then it was not an image that was meant to happen, to exist, to be.
It is frustrating of course, but when you choose a game you go along with the rules or you don’t play at all.