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Film vs Digital – Case Study; Tawas Point Lighthouse

Hello Gang! Well, I just received my film scans from the Lomolab at Lomography and an interesting thing has happened. I shot the Tawas Point Lighthouse back on August 18, 2012 (East Tawas, Michigan)  both using my Olympus Pen E-PL1 digital camera and my Hasselblad 500C medium format film camera.  Now, I will go on record as a big fan of the Olympus Pen E-PL1. I love that little camera. Well, I love my Hassy too! But, here is a case for why I still shoot film. I had color slide film in the Hasselblad and had it cross processed at Lomography. Most notably, I must have had my E-6 film processed in C-41 chemicals. But you be the judge. Which shot do you prefer? The first shot is with the Olympus Pen E-PL1 digital camera.

Tawas Point Lighthouse shot with Olympus Pen E-PL1

Okay. Now here is the shocker. (Nice job on the cross processing Lomography) Okay, another point to make – am I really sending my shots from the Hasselblad 500C to Lomography for processing? Hee… This is the shot from the Hasselblad 500C medium format FILM camera…

Tawas Point Lighthouse shot with Hasselblad 500C medium format film camera and cross processed E-6 slide film

You have two shots side by side. I like both. I really do. But, somehow, I like the Hassy’s shot a little more. What do you think? This is why ladies and gentlemen  that we still shoot film! Yes, film is not dead! Here is proof the exceptional pictures can come from both digital and film cameras (even in 2012)! The same subject, the same lighting can produce two vastly different results! One of which was a pleasant surprise when I received the email with my films scans from Lomography earlier today. Woo-hoo!

My latest toy!

My latest toy!, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Oh what fun it will be to shoot with this one…

December Sunset

December Sunset, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Another image shot from my Rolleicord V and Kodak Portra film. A sunset image from earlier this month. I like the golden reflection on the water from this shot…

Henry Moore

Henry Moore, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Okay. Here is another shot from my Rolleicord V and Kodak Portra film. However, this shot was underexposed and fixed in Photoshop Lightroom (sort of). However, I like how the Henry Moore scupture is highlighted in this image…

DIA Great Hall

DIA Great Hall, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Who says digital is better than film? Here is an incredible image of the Detroit Institute of Art’s Great Hall shot with a fifty+ year old Rolleicord V and Kodak Portra film. This image is absolutely HUGE! When I first uploaded to flickr, Lightroom gave me an error stating the image was too big for upload (maxes out the maximum permissible file size) – so I had to degrade this image to 85% and still the detail is here! Amazing, a fifty year old medium format camera can blow away today’s top of the line full frame DLSRs! That just shows you… FILM IS NOT DEAD!

DIA Islamic Galleries

DIA Islamic Galleries, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

A shot of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Islamic Galleries. Shot with my Rolleicord V TLR and Kodak Portra 120 film…


Vintage Photography

Vintage Photography, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

My Rolleicord. I love this camera!

Rolleicord in Vienna

Rolleicord in Vienna, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

An overlooked shot of Vienna from my Rolleicord. Shot on Kodak Portra 120 film (ISO 400) and then adding the Speia tone in Photoshop Lightroom. I like the shadows of the buildlings against the bright mid afternoon summertime sun…

Yashica D

Yashica D, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

The latest acquisition at fatcatimages. It is a Yashica D TLR from about the late sixties. It is in excellent shape – very clean and the shutter fires! Not a bad find for $40 eh? I just love TLRs!!


Glassware, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Glassware during a dinner outing in Székesfehérvár, Hungary – August 23, 2011 – shot with my Rolleicord V with Fuji Provia color slide film. Cross processed then added the sepia tone in Photoshop Lightroom…