I got my pictures back from Wolf Photo today, having dropped them off for development last night when roho,
I got my pictures back from <a href="http://www.wolfphoto.com/">Wolf Photo</a> today, having dropped them off for development last night when <lj user=roho>, <lj=kestral> and I went out to run some errands and pick up a quick bite to eat. When it was all said and done this afternoon I ended up paying out around $70. I wasn't sure if it was money well-spent (processing for five rolls of film and a renewal of my membership card cost $70? I'd hate to see what their rates are when they do actual work!) so I was very eager to get home. As soon as I was in the door I retreated to my bedroom and sat down, going through all the photographs in the span of fifteen minutes. I'm sure <lj user=captain18> will share my regrets when I say that the roll of film from the Don Williams concert is a complete write-off -- only one picture turned out even remotely usable in my opinion. I blame these wasted frames upon my own status as an amateur in the world of photography; I didn't take into account just how strong the stage spotlight was when I was taking my pictures. Because of this miscalculation, despite my best efforts, the stage and surrounding audio gear looks great while the focal center (Don) was completely oversaturated. I think I should have bumped my f/stop up a little to prevent the spotlight from washing him out... but I'm not really sure. I need to do two things: first, I need to take classes. Second I should show a more seasoned photographer a few of the pictures and see what their advice might be. <lj user=urocyon> or <lj user=aynjel> might have some useful advice for me.
The pictures from yesterday's impromptu trip out to the farm property next door turned out okay despite my misgivings about lighting (and later, more unpleasant discoveries). A number of pictures I shot of the combine turned out quite well, but most of the rest were unremarkable. Near the end of the roll I was pretty much done with the combine and was ready to go home when I found an old drag/disc combination at the edge of the field, rusting in some swamp grass. Since I only had a few frames left I decided to finish the roll by experimenting some, and one of the photos I took turned out rather well! I wasn't sure any of the photos from that roll were going to turn out, to be honest, because after I was finished with the drag I started rewinding the film... and while doing that I made the rather unpleasant discovery that I had bumped the shutter speed select from "automatic selection" to "1000," except it wasn't really on either one of them, the dial was somewhere in the middle. This lead me to wonder exactly when this had occured and how the camera was going to handle it. It was a pleasant surprise today after I got back from the lab to find that I didn't have a complete waste of film on my hands (aside from the roll I used at the concert hall).
As I flipped through the pictures from the remaining rolls I was gratified to see a small number of other pictures had turned out decently as well, and some of them turned out absolutely great. I guess when I add it all up I got my usual ratio of good (very few)/okay (a few more)/crap (most of the rest) pictures. At least I'm staying consistent in my ratio! Still... it makes the pocketbook smart some when I know I'm spending $70 to get five rolls of film developed. It's times like that when I wish once more that I had a nice six megapixel digital SLR like the <a href="http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/canon-eos-10d-reviews.html">Canon Eos 10D</a>. While I could easily afford one right now I can't in good conscience buy one... the frame itself is around $1,499 and then I have to buy lenses! Expenditures like that would put a significant cramp on my ability to fork money out for a downpayment on the house.
Yeah, the house definately has to come first. I can get the toys afterwards.
<i>I got thrown out of bible school for sassin' back at the preacher</i>