April 02, 2020

The Covid-19 Challenge

I follow some of the Fuji YouTube channels and one of the channels I follow, Jayshooter, came up with a Corona boredom challenge.

The challenge is to simulate what photographers had to deal with during the analog film days.

I shot very little film, but I appreciated the skill it took to shoot film. I embraced digital from its early 1 megapixel cameras. My first good digital camera was an Olympus 3 megapixel camera. The shutter lag was so bad, that when shooting any action, you had to pre-focus on an area, then anticipate when the action came into your area.

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As digital cameras evolved they slowly replaced film cameras. We are now in another evolution of photography with mirrorless cameras.

One of the popular features of Fujifilm cameras is they offer film simulations that mimic the types of film used back in the film days. You can choose from an array of simulations and it applies this to the photograph that comes straight out of the camera. It's really fun to play with and it requires no post-processing.

For the challenge, I chose Fuji’s Classic Chrome simulation that mimics the popular Kodak Kodachrome film.

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I started this analog challenge with the following rules:
1. Time limit 30 minutes
2. Fixed focal length (if your lens is not fixed anyway or if it’s a zoom lens)
3. OVF only (if your camera has one). Alternative: EVF only
4. No LCD display.
5. Fixed ISO Value, no Auto ISO!
6. Fixed JPEG recipe/classic chrome film simulation.
7. 36 shots only! This is the maximum amount for a roll of film.
8. Everything "straight out of the camera“. No post-processing, no cropping, just jpegs.
9. Have fun!

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My results and observations:
I shot everything with my 35mm F2 @ F.28, ISO was locked on 100, so my only control was shutter speed. I had the benefit of using my EV but not being able to (chimp) look at my LCD was eye awakening.

It makes you think about the light, is it sunny, or cloudy? What do you want to expose correctly? Then to top it off, you can't do any post-processing!

I now have a lot of appreciation for the skill it took in the film days.

Put you photogrpaphy skills to the test and try The Corona Boredom Challenge!

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Photography should be fun! It's not about the phone or camera brand you're using. Always remember, your best photographs are the result of one thing, making an effort to get out and shoot.

Comments always welcomed.
Mark