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Subject: [Leica] was: waiting fireworks, now snapshot treasure (long)
From: summicron at (Frank F. Farmer)
Date: Wed Jan 4 09:20:50 2006


Well said.  I had a very similar experience with a box of old photos over 
this holiday season.  I was very proud to have them.  That is, in my 
opinion, digitals biggest shortcoming.   Quality is great and good cameras 
are getting smaller but the storage issue is still a problem.

Frank Farmer
Jackson, Miss.

Date: 2006/01/04 Wed AM 08:25:00 CST
Subject: [Leica] was: waiting fireworks, now snapshot treasure (long)

In a message dated 1/3/2006 11:57:21 P.M. Central Standard Time, writes:
Sonny showed:
>>Subject: [Leica] waiting  for the fireworks

>Hi Sonny,
>Do you  find you tend to shoot more in the evening type lighting situations 
>like  this than when you shot film? 
The bridge lights were shot with Fuji 1600 Natura and my VC 21 on  an M7.  I 
think I let the camera set the shutter speed, though I was using  a monopod. 

I have gone back to film and just about given up using  digital for anything 
except flowers or other times I need macro.  I think I  talked about my 
motivation for doing this while you were away.   

Anyhow,  here's an example.  I have been clearing out my  parent's home for 
the last few weeks,  keeping some things for myself and  giving their 
grandchildren worthwhile mementos.  
I came across a cardboard box about 18 inches wide ten inches deep and  
2 feet long.  

I opened it and found the greatest treasure my  parents could have ever left 
me.  Inside were hundreds of photos.   Pictures taken of me and my cousins 
children. Snapshots of my own children  when they went for visits there. 
Pictures taken during my parents courtship, and  shots my father sent from 
during WW II. There were shots from Okinawa,  the Philippines, and shots 
around Saigon and Tan San Nuit.  

Also in  the box was a sweet letter home, written on a folding photo 
longingly  to his wife and the son he had never seen.  Must have cost him a 
fortune in  postage.

Many of the shots were quite sharp, but there were some that  were a little 
on the shaky side, and some that missed focus altogether, but I  think those 
were the most pleasurable hours I've spent in this sad year.   And to think, 
Dad had a digital camera, most of these would never have been  printed.

I'm gonna keep on shooting film, until I can figure a better way  to keep 
shoe boxes filled with prints instead of digits.

Natchitoches, Louisiana
Oldest continuous  settlement in La Louisiane
?galit?, libert?,  crawfish

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