Film or Digital?

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“What do you miss most now that you are completely digital and no longer shoot with film?” I’ve been asked this more than once or twice – I suppose every photographer hears that question. I could say digital has some areas that fall short: some of the classic emulsions (that what us photographers called film) like Kodachrome and Fuji Velvia have yet to be equalled by any digital camera sensor for their outstanding tone range and colour reproduction. But for me it was a camera, I miss my Hasselblad SWC. Made in Sweden, it combined the precision of a Swiss watch and the strength hardened steel. The legendary Carl Zeiss optical company designed the lens in the 1950s. Nothing came near for its distortion-free images - lines were always parallel it never failed to deliver brilliant colour reproduction and contrast; oh I could go on and on!  For interiors it had no equal, no wonder the camera was in every good architectural photographer’s camera bag.  I used my Hasselblad to capture one of my favourite images: Trinity College Dublin’s iconic Old Library building. This magnificent building celebrates its 300th anniversary this year. Work started in May 1712 and it took another 20 years to complete the building.  Many famous students of the college like writer Jonathan Swift, philosopher Edmund Burke and artist Mary Delany were amongst the ‘regulars’. More information on this wonderful building see: tcd.ie/library/tercentenary.


 





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