Slide instead of fix it
My break served me well. I just needed it. And the time out helped me to think about how my new Ricoh GR actually affected my photography, as I always say that another camera will always affect your photography for the good or the bad. While finishing up my Ricoh GR impressions I started experimenting with the positive film effect. I loved it how it affected the reds and the blue and how it handled the greens. It so reminded me of using slide film in my photography.
“If you can’t slide it, you can’t fix it”
I mention slide film. You see, most who follow my blog for a long time – which I started in 2007 – know that I predominantly shoot B&W. For at least 1/3 of my photography I used slide film though. I mean color, colors because I liked them. Life is about learning, coping, twisting and bending. I tried color in the past with digital, but digital is so different to film.
Yeah, believe in film. Of course I could shoot film again, but I can’t. It is simply too expensive for me. Nowadays though it is all about getting a look. Sad when photographers talk about that, a look. Photography has for me nothing to do with a look. I just couldn’t stand how color worked for me digitally. It was all just basic red, blue and green. Nothing in between for me. I need those in-betweens. Sigma got pretty close with their Foveon sensor, but only in good light at low sensitivity. And when you got the autofocus working.
Recently Visual Supply, the company that comes with all those film presets, popped up with a new set of presets. It is called VSCO Film 04 and it is all about mimicking slide film. They especially worked on those slide films I used the most. Fuji Provia and Velvia. These colors are bold and somehow they got the toning quite right for me.
I searched for colors that where close to my B&W photography. And through the positive film effect of my Ricoh GR and these film VSCO presets I think I get close to what I want. Maybe it is nostalgia, but with these colors I can bend everything.
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma