Saturday, January 14, 2012
Silver halide film, ghost begone!
That's an ad I just got.
Isn't it a wonder that after, what, 170 years of photography, we finally get rid of the limitations of silver film, we can now make pictures look like anything digitally... and some people want to emulate "the magic of silver halide film". It's also one of the follies of the otherwise wonderful camera company Fujifilm (perhaps because they used to make film and they miss it), their cameras always have these stupid "film simulation" settings. You can't even get out of them, at best you can set it to "Provia/standard". I don't even know what "Provia" is, I've never used one in my life.
I'm sorry, I think film looked like shite if you weren't lucky. It was so grainy and blotchy, and getting tones and colors right was a constant battle. For me this is like being nostalgic for the era of medical healing of anything by bloodletting, or curing mental problems with lobotomies.
Now look what you made me do. I re-awoke my blog to post this on it. I can hear it grumbling in the next room…