Since returning to film photography after a hiatus of a number of years, in particular, large format work, I have questioned the variables responsible for the attraction and the decision.. While the huge difference in resolution is present ( a large format negative, even a 4x5, can hold many times as much information than the digital camera is capable of producing, this has had little impact on my decision. So why does one carry upwards of 20lbs of gear, including lenses, wooden field camera, film holders, focusing cloth, loupe, meter, etc., take 10-20 minutes on one shot, and perhaps on a good day, end up exposing 6 negatives vs. 100 exposures on a digital camera? My introspection has led me to surmise it to be the notion of curiosity, in addition to the element of surprise in work with film. When I work within the digital realm, feedback is immediate, such that any exposures that do not meet personal criterion for success are deleted and the shot redone (or abandoned). In working with the view camera, or any film camera for that matter, the feedback loop is substantially delayed. The requirement to develop negatives, including washing and drying them is very different from looking at a saved image on an LED screen. The time and effort required to making an image on film promotes having a thorough understanding of all the intervening variables responsible for producing negatives of consistent contrast. Lastly, there is inherent magic that is present when one uncaps the film development tube, opens the film development canister, or turns on the lights in the darkroom and sees the image on film. If you have developed film....you know the feeling in that moment without explanation.
"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." ~Albert Einstein