This was kind of funny. These two comments came in right next to each other, about twelve minutes apart, albeit to different posts. I'm sure the first is meant to tweak my tail a bit, and they don't exactly speak to the same issues, but the overlap made me chuckle.
Wouldn't it be a nice idea if they fitted modern camera's with a Mike Johnston mode? From the manual of the Canon 600D: The Mike Johnston mode turns off the auto focus, puts the light meter on center weighted and manual selection of shutterspeed and f/number, an ISO of 250 and emulation of Tri-X. The Mike Johnston mode unblocks after 365 days. Warning: in Mike Johnston mode the camera freezes with zoom lenses!
I read recently in a French magazine an interview of S. Salgado about his current long-term project, "Genesis." This was started on a Pentax 645 camera with Tri-X 320, but concerns about dwindling paper inventories—he has loads of work prints done in the editing phase—and films being damaged by airport X-ray machines compelled him to continue the project with a digital camera (high-end Canon). The description of the new digital workflow is quite fascinating. For example, in the shooting phase he turns off the back display of the camera in order to not be distracted. Also, parts of the viewfinder have been obscured, in order to match the 4.5x6 aspect ratio the project started with. Basically, it has all been organised so that his experience as a photographer remains as "analogue" as possible. He seems to be quite a happy camper about the new arrangements.
The funny bit of the story is that B&W film negatives are being created from the digital camera and then printed in a more traditional way—enlarger an so forth—for museums and collectors because that is what those people want, by his own candid admission.
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