I wish I could attribute this to a photographer, but I pulled this off of Flickr a while back, and I don’t remember where it came from. Anyway, the main reason I’m showing it is because I love how older cameras capture the main image in focus and the background out of focus. It is a technique you just can not achieve with the digital point and shoot cameras. Now, I assume the SLR digital cameras available now can achieve this affect, but unfortunately, I do not have one. Luckily, my wife still has one of those cameras where you can adjust the shutter speed and the aperture to get this great affect. And, she still has a bunch of roles of black and white film to go with it. I’m hoping to take some shots this summer.
With all of the technical advancement in image quality, there is just something to be said about these truly old processes and ways of doing things. I’m even looking into purchasing a Super 8 video camera in order to achieve that grainy quality of older movies. After watching Grindhouse this weekend, I got this itch to want to see video and digital images in not so stellar quality. It has this, I hate to say it, authentic feeling that is hard to achieve with a lot of the equipment available today. Maybe these types of images make me think of memories of my childhood, but I still feel like there is some aesthetic quality there that is worth looking into.