Friday, October 3, 2008

Is Grain Good?

Urban Tree

When using film I often throw my hat at
any effort to control grain.

Set out on a sunny day with an ISO 100 film,
the Celtic Sky suddenly darkens and photos are
returned moody and full of grain.

Set up a good shot, full of cloud and drama,
having chosen ISO 400, and the sun blazes through
brightening and causing crazed effects.

Buying a second film camera is one solution?

No wonder people in Northern climes are so moody...

2 comments:

DaviMack said...

All I'll shoot is 100 or less, these days, with sometimes 60 slide film, if I can get it. The problem is that I end up needing a tripod, but that's OK - I'll use the digital for things that may or may not come out, and just carry a tripod if I want to shoot film. That way there's no grain issues, and I'm not shooting something spectacular with high-iso film.

Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

Thank you for sharing this very helpful information.

I have started reading my photo magazines again and there is a lot of theoretical and aesthetic material available on grain.

It reminds me, happily, of the
1960's, a great time for photography.