Sep 16, 2011

Dinosaur in Digital Age


I am for sure a dinosaur in the digital age. Although I did purchase a small compact digital camera about three years ago, I remain in the point and shoot mode. To be honest, the pictures were fine, especially for a blog which uses images only about 2X3 inches. Never the less, being an old camera addict, I have begun to research available digital alternatives. There is a new photographic phrase called street photography, and descriptions of camera's most suited to that pursuit. As an old photographer from the street, I find that amusing.
UPDATE: We are fortunate here in the valley to now have two full service photography stores. Both Cardinal Camera's new branch at the Promenade, and Dan's Camera City, have the inventory and expertise to help any dinosaur. I'm impressed with the compact Olympus Pen series, featuring interchangeable lenses and a large 4/3 sensor.
molovinsky/Boston Common, 1967

14 comments:

binzley said...

"street photography"

I remember the ladies of 6th street

They stimulated commerce as well as other things.

gary ledebur

Anonymous said...

"I will not host a chat room"

With all due respect, Mr. Molovinsky, exactly what does the above comment about prostitutes add to the conversation about Dinosaurs in the Digital Age?

I am tempted add a cynical comment about government-funded abortions for Ladies of the Evening in distress, but I am certain you would kick that out for being off-topic.

So, I remain silent but confused with respect to stated blog policy.

Please advise.

ARDENT PROGRESSIVE SUPPORTER,
PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Anonymous said...

MM:

Fantastic picture. I don't think you can get the expression in the digital age that you could with 35mm.

The work of a true artist. Kudos many times over.

Damn, what I would no do for a pair of those water buffalo sandals.

Chumscrubber.

michael molovinsky said...

ardent, fair question. i'm sure the policy will be unfairly applied. the first off topic comment will probably get more leniency than the fifth. allow me to apologize in advance for inconsistencies.

binzley said...

Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anonymous said...

In response to the chumscrubber who wants the sandals it MM's picture, I want to tell him that only Jesus freaks and hippies invested in this type of foot coverings. Is he either?

I hope I am on point because of my reference to the shoes in MM's picture and a direct response to a posting.

Anonymous said...

I too love mo "old" photos, but the digital age is here.
Sure, there is some technology to learn but High resolution cameras and Photoshop have transformed the medium.
My old film and slides from the
distant past have a new life when seen in digital mode on screen.
And it is still very possible to produce an image that looks old - with the lovely saturated colors of Kodachrome or even sepia and black & white.
The dark room of past years was lots of fun, but so too is the digital "dark room" that is available in all our computers.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 7:48, apparently, the digital pixels cannot compete with the silver emulsion grain for resolution, without enhancement on the computer. otherwise, things are certainly much easier than in the darkroom.

Anonymous said...

In the old dark room, we used dodge, burn, exposure timing etc. which are also enhancements.
In ther digital domain we are now able to use much higher resolution than ever before. Any time you scan a silver emultion photo to be viewed electronicaly, you are viewing a pixil representation.
Keep the initial resolution high, don't go crazy with too many filters and most viewers will not be able to discern an old shot from a new one.
If the problem is with the manipulation of reality, then I have no argument.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I meant emulsion.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 9:50, your comment that scanning turns emulsion image into pixels anyway is interesting. i'm on a digital learning curve. my photoshop is ten years old, very basic. here was my contention. take shot with high quality glass, i.e. summicron on m6 film camera. scan into computer, and photoshop sharpener cannot make sharper. put same lens on m9 (i wish) with same iso and aperture, and sharpener will improve resolution. although i do not have the leica's to perform this experiment, my test with quality lenses, both film and digital, seemed to prove the point. i have also read from authority that it is so. now i suppose if "enhanced sharpened resolution (apparent resolution vs. actual) ends up the same quality to people's eyes, it doesn't really matter. but why buy good glass when you can just push the slider more on photoshop?

ironpigpen said...

I am the greatest!

I just got referenced at Molovinsky's Blog in a piece about digital photography.

I am just so cool I barely know how to be so worthy of myself sometimes.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Anonymous said...

No - I became a Jesus Freak (Christian) much later in life. That was after I had burned through an enumerable number of causes, philosophies and life styles.

I finally found something that enabled me to feel at peace, focused, hopeful and comfortable with life.

The sandals were the footwear du jour where I was living for a number of years as a hippie back in the day, essentially a tropical climate.

The photo definitely takes me back to the time of moratoriums, peace-ins and the odor of ganja smoke wafting through the air.

Ripple wine is on my mind. As well, I recall the sweet delicacy of the day, Boone's Farm Strawberry wine, being sipped in a room drenched with the sounds of Jimmy Hendrix and enveloped by the eerie luminescent blue glow of black lights on white.

But most of all I remember the slimy feel of the leather foot beds of the sandals after getting caught in the rain, but they always seemed to fit better after they dried.

Ebay here I come. But first, does anyone know if the Pawlowski minions have any particular penchant for this type of footwear?

Chumscrubber

Bernie O'Hare said...

As someone who must occasionally take pictures for a weekly local, and who can never seem to get it right, I have a lot of respect for your artistic ability with a camera.