The topic today for the Daily Post is “Going Obsolete“; they want to hear about what technology has become obsolete in your lifetime that you miss the most.
While I could try to wax poetically about the joys of dos, dot matrix printers, and 5 1/4 floppy discs, I will save those for other posts. What I truly miss the most is FILM! I REALLY MISS ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY! I miss the nature of film, and the texture. I miss being able to manipulate my images with temperature and time. I miss using my hands in the darkroom to dodge and burn and focusing on grain when making enlargements and the smell of the chemicals. I miss the accidents and mistakes that end up being amazing photos. I miss slide film and feeling like a bad ass when I got a whole roll of properly exposed slides. I miss talking to photographers that had to learn the ropes like I did in that most new “photographers” can’t discuss aperture, F-stop, and how they relate; and dear lord don’t say ASA if you don’t want to be looked at like you have 3 heads! I miss contact sheets, and loupes, and sharpies. I miss 3200 speed film and it’s big grain, and 50 speed with it’s barely there grain. I miss Velvia and T-Max and Portra and even sometime Ilford with you wanted to color print B&W. I miss my big workhorse Nikon F4s and how it would do whatever I told it to do. Sigh… Those were the days.
Believe it or not, I even miss that little bit of stress involved in waiting for your film to finish developing to make sure you actually have images on it.