Film vs Digital - who cares?

 

If you want the gist of this post without reading further, the short answer is:  It doesn't matter!

 

Remember that stuff some of you may have used some time ago called film?  Well I love film, still use film and will continue using film for years.  Does this mean I hate digital?  Not at all.  I love digital.

 

So what's better? Film or Digital?

My answer?

I simply answer this question with another question:

Why do you care in the first place?

 

What we have here is a Class 1 PATTA - Pointless, Annoying and Time-wasting Technical Argument.

(btw, I just made up the acronym PATTA)

 

You may remember this scenario from such arguments like:

 

1) HD DVD vs Blu Ray (62.4 million google search results)

2) Windows vs Mac (50.9 million google search results)

3) MP3 quality vs CD quality (41.2 million google search results)

4) Science vs Religion (14.5 million google search results)

 

According to these google search results alone, people care 4 times as much about the differences between high definition movies than the differences between science and religion.  Does this mean anything?  Not really because I'd say they are two pointless debates with no one right answer.  My answer?  It's up to you if you want to waste your time but the point I'm trying to make is that you can read millions of articles and thousands of books that show hundreds of test charts and graphs about the minute differences between film and digital photography, but why invest all that time and research in the first place?

 

 

Make up your own mind

This is very important when considering anything to do with art.  Decide why you want to know the difference before you start researching.  Does it really matter?  Will it help you make the decision to purchase a print, will it help you make a decision to purchase a camera?  I would argue no.

I find it useful to spend some time thinking why I like certain things.  I like things other don't like, and others like things I don't like.  I love some art, I hate some art and I simply don't understand some art (the latter 2 usually go together unfortunately).  Bringing things back to photography, I love the way film renders colours at certain times of the day, I love the sharpness of large sheets of film, I also love the instant feedback digital photography gives you.  I like the fact my film camera needs no batteries but sometimes prefer the short setup time of my digital camera.  The answer is it depends on the situation and it depends what I feel will work best at the time.  As a viewer of any art form (including photography),

 

I don't care how it's made because it doesn't make a difference.

All I care about is how the final product makes me feel and whether I like it or not!

 

Example

I witnessed a photography judge comment on a print at the APPAs and he said "anyone could make the same image by renting a car and stopping on the side of the road."  Another judge reminded him that "it doesn't matter whether an image is made on top of Mount Everest or outside your front door, what matters is whether the photographer was able see a great image where others could not and whether you like it or not." 

 

Image quality

This is usually where film vs digital debate ends up.  As mentioned on my info page, I use a mix of film and digital cameras to create my images.  The reason I still use film is that each 6x17cm transparency produces approximately 150 megapixels once drum scanned and the prints look amazing.  The same goes for digital.  The only limitation is that the prints cannot be printed as large.  This is why some of my images only have two, three or four print sizes as opposed to all five, as I will only print images as large as they will retain optimum sharpness.

 

Future formats

As super high resolution (100+ megapixels) digital photography progresses and becomes more affordable, I will look to experiment in this department.  But there is so much more to landscape photography than resolution, a few things to take into consideration are weight, battery life and speed of capture.  However I produce my images, the one thing that will remain constant is that I'll always love producing beautiful fine art landscape photography. 

 

Conclusion

It doesn't matter how a piece of art is produced, all that matters is whether you like the final product or not! (and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise)

Keep this in mind when viewing my photography and spend your time doing more important things than worrying about the differences between film vs digital (or any PATTA).

 

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Best regards

Chris

 

   

Chris Morrison ranks #13 in the Pano Awards Top 50 placing images...

 

So after finding out I got 5 Bronze Awards, the Pano Awards published the 50 highest scoring images for the 2 categories - Nature (including landscapes) and The Built Environment (including architecture).  I was very surprised to see I had ranked equal 13th in the Nature Category:

 

(click to redirect to top 50 images at www.panoawards.com)

 

The 13th highest scoring image:

Alpenglow on the Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia

(click for larger preview)

 

 

It was also encouraging to find out not one Gold Award was given in the competition, and I estimate less then 10 Silver Awards.  So I feel better achieving 5 Bronze Awards.   Fellow Canberra Landscape Photographer Scott Leggo also ranked in the top 50 for the Built Environment category.

With 945 photographers from 79 countries, it's great to see Canberra photographers making their mark on the international stage.

 

Best regards,

Chris

 


   

Chris Morrison wins 2 Awards at the 2010 Australian Professional Photography Awards...

 

With excitement and anticipation I flew to Melbourne for the annual PMA Australia Digital Life Expo which alternates between Sydney and Melbourne. This event also hosts the annual Australian Professional Photography Awards which I entered this year for the fourth time, but attended for the judging for the first time.

 

APPA Judging

I was very impressed by the world class judging process.   About 2,500 prints from about 850 professional photographers are judged in 3 rooms over 3 days by many different judges.  The landscape category alone took 3 rooms, 20 judges and 4 hours to complete judging. Each print is scrutinised under bright lights and the close eyes of 5 judges before each judge enters their score into their touch pad.  The average of the 5 scores is taken as the final score for the print and all scores are displayed for the public to see.  If there is a large score range the highest and lowest judges must verbally justify their scores and then each judge rescores.   Meanwhile each image being judged in the other 2 rooms is displayed on a large screen so you won't miss your prints being judged.

 

Being the first year I've attended the judging, it was a very valuable experience to witness the process first hand, hear judges comment on my prints and see lots of excellent prints from many photographers.   It's a very subjective process and this is simply the nature of photography.

 

My 2010 APPA Results

I was very happy to receive these 2 awards:

 

Silver with Distinction Award

Sunrise on Cuernos del Paine over Lake Pehoe,

Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia

 

 (click for larger preview)

 

Silver Award

Dawn behind the Eiger, Bernese Alps, Switzerland

 (click for larger preview)

 

2010 Winners Gallery

See all the winning photographers and their images here.

 

Best regards,
Chris

 

   

Chris Morrison wins 5 Bronze Awards in the inaugural 2010 Epson International Photographic Pano Awards

 

Well, things seemed to go well in the 2010 Epson AIPP ACT Awards, so I entered similar images into the 2010 Epson International Photographic Pano Awards and won Bronze Awards for the below 5 images:

 

Alpenglow on the Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia

 

Vintgar Gorge, Bled, Slovenia

 

Sunrise on Cuernos del Paine over Lake Pehoe, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia

 

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

 

Grandes Jorasses & Dent du Geant, Chamonix, France

 

 

 

Given it's the first year the competition has been held, it's incredible they judged 2740 entries from 945 photographers in 79 countries! This tells me the prize pool has to go up next year, more sponsors will be attracted and makes me want to win even more. Best regards, Chris Morrison

 

 

   

Chris Morrison wins ACT AIPP Joint Landscape Photographer of the Year 2010

 

 

2010 ACT AIPP Joint Landscape Photographer of the Year

 

Almost convinced it was an April fool's joke, on 1 April 2010 I had the pleasure of taking a phone call from the AIPP ACT President saying I had won Joint Landscape Photographer of the Year for 2010!   The photographer I shared the title with is another Canberra photographer Leonie Keogh.

 

I received 5 Silver Awards for the images listed below:

- Alpenglow on the Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia

- Climbers descend Aiguille du Midi Arete, Chamonix, France

- Sunrise on Cuernos del Paine over Lake Pehoe, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia

- Curious sheep in front of the Trotternish Ridge, Isle of Skye, Scotland

- Grandes Jorasses & Dent du Geant, Chamonix, France

 

2010 is the first year I've entered this competition, as I have previously only entered the Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards.

 

Best regards,

Chris Morrison

   

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