I just made an interesting discovery. Developing my own film has brought me one step closer to understanding the Grand Unifying Theory. I have two great passions in life Photography and Quantum Mechanics. One part of the previous sentence is a lie. Can you tell which part?
I own and happily use a digital camera but at the moment I have a preference for film photography. However I am grateful for what I learned using a digital camera. It gave me a very clear understanding of what the aperture and shutter does and how controlling these aids creativity. The instant feedback from the LCD screen allowed me to recompose and shoot again before moving on. It trained and educated me. But things are different now.
My photography work-flow has changed dramatically in the last eight months. I now guess at the required exposure settings, sometimes aided by my meter or sometimes I think my meter lies to me. I will occasionally bracket a shot to reduce the risk but the real fun is in never being sure of what I will get.
Schrödinger put his cat in a box with poison. Under certain conditions the poison would be released. In theory the cat in the box would be both alive and dead because he is not being observed. Schrödinger’s cat is used to illustrate the difficulties with the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. I have a similar problem that I call the interpretation of DIY shot and developed film. You put the film in your camera shoot it and then try and develop it. While the film is in the camera or tank you can convince yourself that all the shots are both fantastic and rubbish at the same time. Your film remains in this quantum flux until they are observed.
I think this is why every time I lose or destroy a roll of film I am able to believe that it contained my best ever photos….