The other day I was editing and scanning the analog images shot during my bike ride on Thanksgiving afternoon.
It got me thinking: back to when I started Austin Seen (06-08), it was only a few years ago, then I was only armed with my Nikon and usually had to choose between three frames on a contact sheet when selecting/editing down to a final image. Now, for Austin Seen, in progress, I have more then three frames, I usually have three versions of any given image.
As I sat and starred at my computer screen and looked at all three versions (Nikon, iPhone 4s and instagram), I asked myself which do you prefer?
I naturally gravitate to the black and white analog images. I feel more connected to the film version.
Is it because, I initially saw the image in black and white, stopped and made the picture?
My brain says, you had to work more for that black and white image.
True, I rolled the film it was shot on, spent hours in the dark room, developing, more hours scanning, dusting, resizing the negatives, creating digital versions and finally uploading versus the iphone/instagram images took only mere minutes from click to adding a filter to upload.
Does more time in post production equal a better image?
I want to say no.
This is why photographers are taught/told, that you should seek opinions and advice of other photographers and non-photographer friends and family when editing because they are not connected to the experience of making the image. All they see is the final image and that is all anyone else who looks at your work will see.
I ask you, which do you prefer, why?
In my presentation of the project, (i.e website, exhibit, blog), do you like seeing the final image in both black and white and color or should I choose?
These two sets of portraits of Edward, Maria and Junior were taken within minutes of each other during the end of my Thanksgiving day bike ride from my home. I rode east on 12th Street, starting just west of Airport to I35 and returned west on E.11 Street. I shot 31 frames on my nikon and 12 images with my iphone.