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Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book

Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .

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Misty Day
Old 02-17-2017   #1
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Misty Day

The light was interesting, but it wasn't enough on its own. On the other hand, I needed the exercise... A piece about why and how we (or at least I) take pictures.


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" Fifty-odd pictures is a roll and a half of 36-exposure film. Even when you're shooting semi-professionally, the cost of film and processing is still in the back of your mind, and then there's the hassle of reloading. Also, of course, I could see the pictures as soon as I got home. If I'd used slides and processed them myself, it would have been at least a couple of hours before they were dry and ready to be sleeved. Taking them to the lab isn't an option, because there's no E6 lab inside an hour's journey, and mail would mean days, not hours. Then I'd have had to scan them. "

Well sir, I would hate to tell you how many times my wife has criticized me for taking so many shots of the same thing. And she never saw the ones I did professionally (crime scene photos which is the most I can claim for professional photography) She thought I was just wasting film. Maybe I was.

That was an interesting read, and I really liked the photos. To my mind and eye, they did indeed capture a misty day.
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I often cycle. I began with my father, just on weekends. When I went to Scandinavia for a Semester I began to get the custom of going around places with it. Along with this I often took a camera in the backpack or on the large coat pocket.

It has happened to me. I happen to live in the Mediterranean coast and there are nice places (a bit too far south) to photograph. Sometimes the mood or light doesn't suit, often I find that I lack a subject (person) to scale in the scenery.
Sometimes apathy sets in, sometimes I (re)discover things/places/subjects I overlooked and it adds interest. A few years ago I thought that my town and region was boring, but thankfully I've demonstrated myself it isn't.

Having cycling as a hobby hedges photography. Some time ago we had overcast weather and I was not in the mood to photograph at all. Could entretain myself doing mechanics on the bike.

This immediately raises further questions: not least, why not a proper film camera that could deliver much better quality?
Better? Well, that depends. Depends on the day, but I like to carry a film camera cycling around. A few times I've bothered with my Fuji 6x9. Honestly I prefer the way (colour) negative film interacts with the Mediterranean light.

supplementary income from photography: not enough to live on. Its modesty is one reason why we are more careful about costs than we used to be.
I feel these times of post-recession aren't of abundance to retirées and the young. I am in the latter group and learned to be thrifty.
What I like about the bicycle is that it doesn't have fuel costs or the stress of driving and the medium may be rather analogous to the horse. Great for medium distances that are too far for the pace of walking.
About film, I tend to undertake and be quite selective. Sometimes this lets a good frame out of the roll. I was recently doing some curious browsing in archive on film prices around 2010 and some films have doubled price.
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The article reminded me of a day weeks ago when it was (very) misty. I have a favourite location I like to take photos of in all seasons, so when it was misty I felt compelled to give it a go. I've had some nice photos in the mist and sunrise before where things look set up in ranks. But I couldn't really see anything past about 15m, total fail
I'm not doing badly in the all-seasons project though. I have sun, overcast, autumn, frost, some snow...
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