Break on through to the other side…… RIP RM your music is always in my head
Dead at 74, Ray Manzarek
I need to get on the road soon
5 reasons I still love shooting film
1. Film is magical. A lot of people use that term to describe film and it’s entirely appropriate. The results will never cease to amaze me.
2. Film is precious. I don’t shoot the shit out of something when I shoot film. I take my time. It forces me to be thoughtful and economical. When I shoot, I may shoot six or eight rolls which depending on format may add up to 300 pictures… total. With digital you can easily shoot 300 photos in the first look. It’s too much.
3. I love the rhythm of film. 36 exposures on 35mm and I’m out. I like stopping to reload. It gives us a minute to think about what’s next instead of belaboring what’s now. I also feel a closer connection to my subject.
4. Film teaches you patience. At best there is a 12-18-hour turnaround at my lab. At worst they are on holiday, or backed-up, or I’m shooting on a weekend or away in a remote location, so I will wait days for results. I love and hate that about film, mostly love.
5. Film is expensive. When you add up the cost of the raw stock, developing, making 11x14 test prints optically- it costs me around $300-$1000. It is worth every penny.
Happy Earth Day: Earthrise
One of the most famous aspects of the Apollo 8 flight was the Earthrise picture that was taken as they came around for their fourth orbit of the Moon. This was the first time that humans had taken such a picture whilst actually behind the camera, and it has been credited with a role in inspiring the first Earth Day in 1970. It was selected as the first of Life magazine’s ‘hundred photos that changed the world’.
Taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders on December 24, 1968, showing the Earth seemingly rising above the lunar surface. Note that this phenomenon is only visible from someone in orbit around the Moon. Because of the Moon’s synchronous rotation about the Earth (i.e., the same side of the Moon is always facing the Earth), no Earthrise can be observed by a stationary observer on the surface of the Moon.