Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Broga Revisited: Take Two

Am back from the "Mensa Heritage: Roaring Tiger, Sleeping Station" trip. More on that soon to come, but first, a little something I didn't manage to complete before leaving for the trip.

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Leanne and Steph, Broga: Take One

Leanne and Steph, Broga: Take Two

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The first picture was taken with a digital compact camera, while the second was shot on 35mm Kodak Portra 160VC.

On all counts, the first picture has rendered the detail of the scene accurately, and digital does this relatively well. Digital conveys what I saw quite literally, but the film picture comes closer to what I actually felt when I was there.

As I briefly mentioned in this post, digital either warms or cools everything, whereas film is somehow better able to distinguish between colours and tones. Notice that, in the second photo, the sky is a striking pastel blue while Leanne's and Steph's faces are visibly pink and warm. Notice, also, that in the film photo, the separation between the green grass and ochre lalang is more distinct, and the texture/colour of the grass itself is more nuanced.

I don't really know how all of this works, but it does. Film is able to surprise where digital is, on the whole, predictable. In that way, film is a lot more like life (although it is debatable as to which is more 'lifelike'!), and hence one of the many reasons why I shoot, and will continue to shoot, film.

Au revoir, Steph!

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