Lately there has been discussion on one of my favorite sites…http://www.luminous-landscapes
about does the camera matter. It summarizes that different cameras as in 4×5 or holga will lead that photographer to a different point of view and that difference will help to create different work.
That being said, I have picked up a new brush, because I believe that this theory is somewhat correct. Of course Ansel Adams would still have seen Half Dome whether he was using an 8×10 or a 35mm, but maybe he wouldn’t have stayed so long to study it if he used the latter.
After a few years of digital, I returned to my 4×5 field with Polaroid’s 55N film for a personal project I am shooting. Processing in the field, another subject, I find my view of each image a timely and studied approach, not the snapping away from varied angles and lenses choice. I took my time to see it,feel it and watch it at first. I framed it through my 4×5 matt to find the view and after tweeked the camera to bring into focus what I want looking at the ground glass and seeing it on paper, the pre-visualization often talked about. Reviewing it later on after the rapture passed, I see that I made the right choice for that subject or at least, once divorced from the subject, I discovered an image that might not have been the same had I used another camera. To my mind, I had the right brush and it did lead me to that canvas.
I have searched for another brush to see if I can produce a different view for my commercial side or simple how I see it and now I just picked up Canon’s new G9, a great little (sort of point and shoot) digital camera…info=
With it freedom from my camera bag…from suspicious looks..a new sense of play and hopefully a newer look…
I will provide a page with results soon ..and welcome comments.