Heron: What’s Wrong with this Picture? (Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 15)

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Broken Lens – babsjeheron

Raise your hand if you remember film cameras.

I don’t remember when or how this lens developed that extra bend.

It was a good lens and served me well back in the days before digital. Back then, my film budget was two 35 exposure rolls of 35mm per outing. I went home happy if I got one good capture per roll. And now? Easily 800+ exposures on an average day. Who could afford that if shooting actual film? Not me

I enjoyed experimenting with and comparing different brands of film. During Comet Hale-Bopp’s reign in 1997 for a few months, I did side-by-side comparisons of the comet taken from the same vantage point. As I recall, my preference back then turned out to be the old Fujifilm 35mm. Getting the exposure duration was tricky, and my then elementary-school-age daughter came up with a system of counting out loud one hippopotamus, two hippopotamus, three… etc.

For sentimental Great Blue Heron reasons, this Fledgling is one of my favorites taken with that now-broken lens and film camera. It is NOT art by any stretch.

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Great Blue Heron Fledgling Captured with Film Camera – babsjeheron

What I like most about this photo are the colors of the Heron’s feathers. They seem to have a much broader, richer and nuanced range, and reveal a deeper depth of textures than any of my digital photos.

Have you ever compared digital and film side-by-side? Do you have a preference, and why?

Thanks to Cee for her CFFC: Tools. This camera and lens were stalwart companions for years. I had two of the same body, but two different lenses before going all digital in 2007.

Thanks to Paula for her Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in October: Aperture . Due to an accodent, the ‘extra’ aperture of this lens let in much more light than normal.
Thanks to Debbie for this week’s Travel with Intent Challenge – Six Word Saturday. I don’t think I’m capable of keeping the entire posy at six words, but at least the title is only six..

Thanks to Dawn for her Festival of Leaves: Week 7. This photo was taken when the upper end of the cove was still quite green, but the eastern end had glorious red maples blazing. Surprising how the microclimates in a small area can produce colorful leaves on differing schedules.

Thanks to Erica V and WordPress for the recent WPC: Place in the World. My favorite place is where the Herons are, of course it is. And the Herons? Their place is near the water, but also on the gallery walls and my blog. How else can I share them with you?

Thanks also to Ben H and WordPress for their WPC Challenge: Liquid. The Herons are drawn to water, as am I.

During September and October, 2018, the Great Blue Herons were featured on the walls of the Natick Town Hall, located at 13 East Central Street in Natick, MA.

From May 1 through July 11, 2018, my Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick. If you’re in the Boston or Metro West area, please stop by to see the current gallery show at TCAN. The gallery is open whenever the box office is open, so please check hours here.
Through July 13, 2017 I was a Featured Artist at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area. Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.


Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2018 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick

Posted on November 9, 2018, in ardea herodias, camera-gear, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Festival of Leaves, film-camera, Great Blue Heron, Thursday's Special, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. I’ve heard others say that digital doesn’t quite come up to the quality of film, but I fail to see a difference. Then again, as you noted, the overriding advantage is not needing to wait for and pay for developing. Of course, converting film photos to digital is another challenge… how to fix any deterioration that may have occurred.

    • Thanks, Gunta. I don’t see a huge difference in all of my earlier photos compared to the newer digital ones, but when I do, it is sometimes striking. In terms of converting film to digital, I bought a relatively inexpensive, nifty Epson scanner a few years ago that has a special rack where you place the filmstrip. This is, of course, a solution that works only for a very low volume of images (and I needed a scanner for the usual other purposes anyway). Otherwise there are services that handle conversion for you. And you’re right about deterioration. That’s a big concern for precious photos from years ago. Best,Babsje

  2. yes I remember film very well in fact i had a dark room and develop it! Now i is better as I aso shot off hundreds of image when I am out and about,

    • Hi Margaret, very cool, your own darkroom! I did darkroom work at university, and then a couple of decades later bought all the darkroom gear, but never got around to setting one up. But just typing this our all of those magical darkroom aromas have come wafting back! Best, Babsje

  3. It’s not easy to take photos with a broken lens. 😀

  4. Art is in the eye of the beholder and God never waste beauty in His creations.

  5. I remember film and also worked a bit in the darkroom way, way back in college. I even have quite a lot of slides that I should get put onto discs so I can view them again. 🙂


    • Many thanks for commenting, Janet. Getting them put onto disk is a good idea. I did that often with film, but not slides. I had the local pharmacy’s photo center do that and it worked out nicely. And earlier the local camera shop at the mall, which is no longer in business now that everyone has gone digital and doesn’t need to have film developed or printed these days. How things have changed! Best, Babsje

  6. I remember film for cameras…do you remember the little cube flashbulb with four flashes?

  7. I haven’t had the chance to compare the digital with film on a specific photo, but you are right about the colours here.

    • Hi Paula, thanks for letting me know you can see the difference in that photo. It isn’t always that striking and I suspect the specific colors make a big difference. Best, Babsje

  8. Hey! Flash Cubes! Instant nostalgia hit… (they were quite rubbish, though, weren’t they) RH

  9. Its’ a great and amzing photo of the heron

  10. Still shoot a little film. The one thing about film is that you needed to be more disciplined and more selective, and hoping the scene and light remained static, before pressing down the shutter button. Regarding developing, we have a professional lab in town. Or, if you don’t care too much about the prints, its Walgreens.

    Similarly, my flatbed scanner is able to scan negatives and slides. But, considering the volume of both, it is slow work – I’ve barely put a dent into converting them into “digital format”.

    Flash cubes, I think I can scare you up a few. 🙂

    • Hi David. I totally agree with what you say about the need to be disciplined when shooting in film. I still like film for taking photos of meteors and haven’t sorted out how to do that with a DSLR. Best, Babsje

  11. I still have several hundred rolls of film as well as a dozen SLR’s.

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