Film-ish as a Substitute for True Analog

Dia de los Muertos 2019 - Austin, Texas

Dia de los Muertos 2019 – Austin, Texas

I was significantly more adventurous last year, in the camera department, for Dia de los Muertos. I had my Olympus PEN-F but supplemented with a Polaroid instant camera, and even a 35mm camera loaded with black and white film. As you can see from my nine posts, it was an eclectic mix of photography.

This year, just digital. Though I did bring three dedicated cameras plus an iPhone. But in homage to last year’s experiment with black and white film, I’m featuring a Film-ish image today. A year ago, I took a black and white film development class and got to see the analog old-world process. That was both intriguing and painful at the same time.

I was trying to simulate the high contrast inky-black look of real silver halide printing on fiber paper. Those truly deep blacks may be hard to print via digital, but I tried my best at an on-screen representation.

Today’s post completes this year’s coverage of this always festive event. While I didn’t do any film experimentation, the Fuji cameras, and my old Olympus point and shoot made for rewarding photographic variety. I hope you enjoyed it.

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