With a new day job that requires my full attention (and more), coupled with increasing calls on my home time amongst other things, I took the decision to update my digital equipment to something a little more “current”. This is to supplement/replace my workhorse Bronica SQa set up. The logic being that I will at least cut out time for scanning from my workflow (doesn’t that make it sound so pretentious?). You still have to spend time spotting though I have re-discovered!
One thing that has immediately struck me is that I feel (for the moment at least) that I’m not connecting with what I’m shooting with a 35mm digital camera – using a Bronica SQa you look down on a screen that is 6cm sq and is the same size as the negative that you will produce. Using a a clear 6cm sq viewfinder you get to explore and ponder (as often I do) before you press the shutter release (or after a lot of pondering, decide to pack everything away having taken nothing). Assuming you’re using a tripod, with digital you’re bending over, getting uncomfortable and peering through a tiny eye piece trying to compose and focus your shot – no time to ponder and think.
From that I’m getting no satisfaction out of taking my photographs just now, perhaps its more of the process of taking a picture that is the thing for me as opposed to the final result. So I’m not sure through trying to improve things in one area, and through spending a chunk of cash in the process, that I have improved things for myself in terms of my enjoyment of photography.
Only time will tell.