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17-MAY-2008 Sam_Charupakorn

Film: First, Last...Everything (A Commentary)

Zoe takes her first stand, and it's captured on film.
But is film on its last stand? Well, the end of film
has been predicted for years now, but she's still here.

Even though I started out on film, I do love technology
very much. I was once a videophille as well, and was a big
fan of the laserdisc (anyone remember?). When the dvd first
came out, I remember reading an enthusiast's magazine where
the editor wrote not to worry, that the laserdisc should be
around for another five years before the dvd took over.
Well, guess what? Laserdiscs were gone about a year and
a half after that. That's the march of technology.

What does this have to do with film? Well, unlike the laserdisc,
film hasn't quite died as early as some would have liked. Reason?
There must be something to it, in my opinion. Whether it's the
"film look" or a certain romanticism or nostaligia about shooting
film, it's still here.

So is film on its last stand? Eventually, it will have to go whether
we want it to or not. I've already spoken to a few places where I develop
my film, and they all tell me that when their film developing machines
break down beyond economical repair, they will neither fix nor replace them.
But right now, and if you go by the enthusiasts here on Pbase, and the
thousands more on sites like Flickr, film is still going strong. It's become
a cult, it's become as I said, the New Niche.

"You're the first, the last, my everything"

-Barry White, 1974

Graflex Norita 66,Noritar 80mm f/2,Ilford XP2 Super 400

other sizes: small medium original auto
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Jean-Luc Rollier21-Feb-2009 10:49
JL Vote
XiaoBernard9906-Jul-2008 21:58
"Magnifique" comment SAM.Extra sitution for the photographer all is possible ,we are near of unlimited time...but when I lokk a picture of 1900 of the Brothers LUMIERE ,I stay as a little boy ,very humble...There are some hoice to do ,but I can time simple,one time only DSLR,one time videomovie,...At the end only our emotion adds a value and the most to do to give an another person this same emotion.
Guest 04-Jun-2008 12:24
Great capture of Zoe's first steps, and surely film is for connoissuers, and if it is used by less people, that will render it even more popular. V
Mindy McNaugher04-Jun-2008 04:36
Precious portrait!! ...I still love film, though it is getting hard to find places to process it! I'd hoped it wouldn't disappear in my lifetime!??!!
Guest 04-Jun-2008 01:15
Another beautiful shot of Zoe.
Film is definitely not dead,it just smells funny!
12303-Jun-2008 05:16
Phenomenal image of Zoe. Your portrait skills are outstanding. Talented really. BV
Film remains everything. Long live film!!! As for those of you who do not shoot in
film, what are you waiting for? Once its gone you never will? :)))

A purely digital world is a sad world in my view.
Guest 02-Jun-2008 20:51
Whoops. I meant to refer to James Clarke, not Colin. Sorry about that James.
Guest 02-Jun-2008 20:48
Beautiful capture!!
I like what you have said about film. I think it does have a lot of life left in it. Even though I definitely enjoy the convenience and some of the advantages of digital, there is something special about film. I think Colin put it very well as well when he brought up the simplicity of film. I think that is part of the appeal for me. There are fewer distractions and even though I can't take as many pictures with film, the ration of relatively good shots to bad is much better than with digital. I also find myself drawn to film images or sometimes digital images that look like film. I think the fact that it is a "new niche" leaves it open to a lot of the best photographers out there and even though there are many many excellent photographers that shoot digital, there are a lot of film enthusiasts who really wow me with their work. So anyway, that's my 2 cents! :)
Simon Chandler02-Jun-2008 06:42
Beautiful capture. Great lighting and composition. v
Thanks for the update on film. v
Guest 01-Jun-2008 22:04
Such a beautiful portrait in film. A fantastic model, as usual. V
an nguyen01-Jun-2008 21:54
Zoe and her first stand. Film rules forever, Sam. V
parallaxes aka Jean-Pierre Bijouard01-Jun-2008 12:00
Nice shot of a great day, congratulations to Zoe (she seems very proud !) *V*
Elmer Quianio01-Jun-2008 06:59
I'm not adding anything new to what people have already said, but indeed this is
an amazing image! Stunning! Big Vote!
Lee G31-May-2008 21:15
Whether captured with film or pixels, she's a real beauty! Fantastic photo, Sam.
I still love the look of film..
Fong Lam31-May-2008 19:49
Your wonderful composition shows that film is still the best medium.
Beautiful capture of Zoe, Sam
QUERIDO31-May-2008 17:20
Nice shot, GMV
pr_rajan31-May-2008 16:51
Guest 31-May-2008 15:22
wow, that's super and so is the image.
Martha Albuquerque31-May-2008 12:48
Beautiful Zoe now standing.. agreeing with Frank here :) v~
FrankB31-May-2008 11:44
priceless bro...purely priceless...that Noritar is spectacular and really brings Zoe's beauty front and center from of a smoothly out of focus background. This will be one of your most treasured photos. V... (incidentally, a pithy and engaging account of the possible future of film by the eloquent Sammy-X!)
James Clarke31-May-2008 11:00
Very cute shot of the lovely Zoe making her first stand. +V

I think it has something to with simplicity, even the simplest digital camera is way more complicated than a film point and shoot. My little Canon Prima is perfect example of simplicity the only thing to press is the shutter, and maybe the auto flash override buttons. Then then there's magic of getting the photos back after development. I find with a digital I miss stuff because I keep checking over the shots, where as with film I can't check so I just keep on shooting.
...and maybe Laserdisc has gone (they were never very popular in Australia for some reason), but I have friends that are still using VHS because it's is as easy as popping the tape in and pressing play, whereas DVD in the words of one of my friends "has all these complicated menu BS and too many buttons".