3 thoughts on “Smiles all around

  1. Karim D. Ghantous (@kdghantous) says:

    I think Peter’s phrase, ‘life’s little moments’ is a good one. It’s a good general label that describes and explains what and why you would take such a shot. Also, the method matters. You aren’t always asking the Producer and the kids (I assume they’re under contract?) to stop and smile every time you want to take a photo. You just let them be, for the most part.

    For people shots, I think that film is better simply because it holds fine detail but also doesn’t reproduce every minor imperfection. I’m starting to think that this kind of quality is too good for documentary photography. I have not seen this kind of clarity in any of your MF film scans. Is that a bad thing? It depends on the viewer’s sensibilities. But a MF negative, as good as it is, is not clinical. Good digital sensors are clinical. They are made to take photos of cars, not of people.

    What’s also interesting is that the N – I mean, the lens of insanity is by no means a sharp lens. A good thing, too. Perhaps a solution would be to underexpose by a few stops to make sure you get some noise (and as a bonus, highlights would be better protected).

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