Image © John Clements


Originally posted in this ‘blog’ section at the end of 2009. I think it is as relevant today as ever, so have moved it to a more prominent position once again.

I often wonder what the Victorian pioneers of photography would make of today’s equipment?

After all, we have even in the most basic digital SLR or compact, far superior products to work with than they could have imagined.

After their initial jaw dropping moments and the rush of excitement, I am not so sure they would embrace it all.

My feeling is that they would still want to control exposure through aperture and shutter speeds and ISO. Often focusing manually as well, to use say the hyper focal distance technique that simply today, is overlooked or unknown by so many.

So for me, while we have moved forward admirably in technology, let us not forget that technology for technologies sake is no good thing.

It is only with an understanding of the basic craft skills can we become a consistently creative photographer, able to fulfill our ideas and reproduce what we want time and time again with certainty and confidence.

Main Image: This image I created some years ago to give an ‘old world’ feel to the shot as a tribute those photographers of the 19th century.
I have produced versions with a sepia tone, but I think I prefer this one.

The original shot was created with a Mamiya RB67 medium format camera, shooting on Kodak EPP E6 colour transparency film.
But then with some techniques applied in Nikon software the look and feel was completely changed.
What I wonder would the pioneers of photography done with the software we have for post capture today?

Mamiya RB67 > Kodak EPP Film > Nikon SuperCoolscan 9000 > Nikon Software.

End. (11/02/15).