Using a digital camera as a tool for a study

If you’ve been following or otherwise poking around this blog, you may have noticed my shopping cart project.

I’ve been fairly non-dogmatic in my choice of gear when doing this, although when reviewing images I seem to prefer those made by larger format cameras. In my case, that means my big old 6×7 Pentax.

It’s not a forgiving beast in any sense, and demands the sort of attention to technique that Ming Thein describes in his shot discipline article. And, its resource demainding, both in terms of time and money. I figure it costs roughly two euros each time I press the shutter, minimum.

As a result, I’ve been using Jen’s lovely Fuji x100s for studies. With this I can prance around, honing in on the right angle, or composition, or whatever, I like best, review, and then spool up the Imperial War Camera and release the hounds, er, I mean shutter. I’m figuring it will improve the odds.

I don’t even need to press the shutter on the IWC on that day, as I can come home, fiddle in Lightroon with Nik Silver FX and/or DxO Filmpack to get an idea of the likely tones and palate using film. I then need to return to the scene, as a dog returneth to his vomit, to complete the act.

Here’s a study from St. Pauli from a recently discovered ‘shopping cart gold mine’. I suspect these shopping carts have been parked and locked by some homeless people who dwell in the nearby shrubbery, but I’m honestly not sure.