After the last few posts of muted film simulations, I thought I’ll spice things up with a blast of color. I think there’s a value in having the post processing match the mood and subject of the photograph. It’s one thing to have a dull and grainy photo of an old cemetery, but for my neon night shots, I like colorful and dynamic. That’s what digital does well, I think, compared to film.
With digital, with low ISO, even the dark shadows are clean without that film muddiness. And, with the latest technology, I can shoot these scenes, handheld without a tripod. Image stabilization was first offered in Nikon and Canon lenses, for film, back in the mid-1990s. But they don’t typically put image stabilization in wide-angle lenses. With the wonderful Olympus in-body image stabilization, even wide-angle lenses get the stabilization benefit.
As a result, I shot this on Bourbon Street at 1/5 of a second at ISO 200. The power of modern digital technology. It’s odd. I both appreciate the modern stuff but also what film can do, depending on the subject. The right tools for the job and the right look and processing for the mood, I suppose.
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