I ended up taking 39 exposures to be used in making HDR shots with the Canon 5D. Really the first use the Canon has had in landscape work since my return to film last year. 39 expousres with the 8x10, aside from the film alone cost of 160 bucks, would require days. Large format film photography is a very different way of both seeing the world and making art. Slow, work to carry the equipment, and many steps from pressing the cable release to looking at a big negative. When I take the boys out to South Dakota to the Badlands and Black Hills this summer in the camper, I may end up with 16 exposures or less/ Perhaps 30 4x5 exposures across two or three weeks of travel. Today was somewhat of surprise for me. There was no emotional connection to my subject, no concentration, just click click click. Granted, I could shoot digital HDR in a coma, but the fact remains, my return to film showed me what I have been missing for half a decade. Even the most rough Holga negative gives me at Ahhhh moment when the film comes out of the soup and the whole roll is held up dripping wet to the light. Not being critical of digital photography. I have made many nice images and videography projects in this domain, but my emotional self never left film and is glad to be back. Looking at that tiny little LCD screen zoomed three times for critical focus was like trying to do a gynecological study of a house fly.....perhaps even a virgin housefly :-)
Ouch...up at 0200 with a raging earache. Have been dealing with this damn head cold for three weeks. Must relent and since I have the day off, go see my provider or whoever I can get in with. Have a good MLK day (even though we have a racist, mysoginist, xenophobe, global warming denying President-elect (I could go on and on, but it is not good for me to fuse with those thoughts).