I guess you could say that my anectode fits into the "from the mouths of babes" category. For a long time now, I have occassionally (cough, cough
) found myself in the position of exposing and developing "test" rolls. This has included experiments like running personal EI tests, checking camera focus on some of my vintage cameras, and troubleshooting development problems I have had. For the most part I have learned not to discuss such experiments in online forums, just because its so annoying having to put up with the inevitable "stop being so anal and just shoot some pictures" quips. Of course its no secret that people compelled to inject such vitriolic comments are all just a bunch of trolls, anyway!
Well one day, my 5 year old (at the time) is trying to understand why I am intently poring over yet another collection of unremarkable black and white negatives on my light table, consisting mostly of walls or newspapers or back yard bushes and fences and what not. I no longer remember my explanation as to why
I was doing this particular test, but I do remember his reaction. He looks up at me, exasperated, and says, "Daddy, when are you ever going to stop testing and start taking some real