POTY 2011: First details
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08-03-11, 10:05 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Originally Posted by
Drew, I think you are underestimating film camera technology. Most of those classic pictures will have been taken with Leica's, Contax, TLR Mamiyas, Rollies, large format cameras and the like, cameras in their time way beyond the means of most photographers, and with awesome optics, many of which continue to command stratospheric prices.
Whilst I agree with you about grabbing the viewer, I refer you again to this year's winner. A great shot, and as worthy a winner as any, but how would you have taken that with your iPhone?
The faster film emulsions introduced in the 30's did allow the smaller cameras to be used and thus photography to move in to areana not previously photographed. But once your film was in the camera there was no adjusting the 'ISO' or scatter-gunning at 10 fps. But you are right, some of the kit was pretty special.
But H, I am not talking about taking award winning shots with an iphone, I am simply saying that having an 'entry level' DSLR is not an excuse for poor photograph. As for exotic climes - yes, they sometimes help, especially when the sponsors (DC) are based in dull-grey blighty, but this is not at the exclusion of a great number of stunning locations in northern europe.
The book was 'Great Life Photographers' by the way - 3 quid from a charity shop.
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