Photo Life 6: Digital vs. Film - A Visual Comparison

Photo Life 6: Digital vs Film | Azzari Jarrett

Wisteria is blooming all over this time of year.  I recently captured digital images with my Fuji XT-1 and 35mm lens and my Nikon F100 and 85mm lens, loaded with Kodak Portra 400

For this installment of Photo Life, I thought this would be a good exploration of digital vs film images.  And for the record, this is not about which medium is a better - I enjoy shooting with both.  And you are forewarned - this is a photo heavy post!

Let's take a look at the digital captures first.

Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett

No post processing with these digital images - I set the camera to overexpose by +1.  They are crisp, clear, and capture the morning light beautifully.

And here are the film images, captured on Kodak Porta 400.

Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett

Once again, I didn't make any adjustments make to these film captures after scanning. These images were taken at the exact same time of day.  They are more muted, grainy, and soulful.

Deciding which camera to use all depends on my mood and what I want my resulting images to portray, as you can see in these captures. 

There is no right or wrong.

Capturing the feeling of the moment or shadows and light, almost always means I reach for film. Crisp and clear, and capturing a certain point of view means that I reach for my digital camera. 

Always remember to have the resulting images in mind.

Do you have a preference? 

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And as always, please let me know if there is a topic or question you would like addressed in this series. Feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email.

Lately, On The Table

On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 

I have been keeping my Nikon F100 on my table this past month, just to remind me to pick it up and capture some of the daily beauty around me.  I find that if my cameras are stored away, I don't use them as often as I would like.

It is taken me a while to work through this roll of film, taking a few shots here and there.   One of the things that I love most about film is that it forces you to wait, to savor those quiet moments you often overlook.  

Currently - January

Hasselblad 500cm | Fuji Fp 100c | Film Photography | Azzari Jarrett

The morning light this winter has been beautiful.  Capturing it on film has been even better.

Here are a few more things I am currently enjoying this month.

  • Staci Lee Kennelly's The Hours post. I could absolutely live in her film photographs.
  • Kodak's CEO, Jeff Clarke, is on a mission to bring film back and his business card is a strip of 35mm film with his information displayed.  Where can I get one? 
  • Love all of the January Project Life inspiration included on Becky's blog - it's great to be a part of this team.
  • So glad that many of you are enjoying the January Sale going on in my shop!  Use code HELLOJANUARY to enjoy 25% off through the end of the month.
  • I continue to enjoy podcasts, and the Strangers Holiday Special 2015 really struck a cord with me. The stories of Henry and Jane and Lyena Strelkoff were absolutely moving. Stop and go listen now.
  • Running in the cold weather.  Yesterday, I completed my second half marathon along with my husband.  I have been training for months, and it felt so good to cross that finish line!

Please do share in the comments what you are enjoying this month, I would love to know.

summer flowers

Enjoying the beauty of these summer months - so much color!

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Greece, and I have so much to share. Still dealing with a bit of jet lag, which I definitely under-estimated. I'm waiting patiently for film to be developed and I will share more from our travels soon.

 

Currently - June

Summer is in full swing around here, and I am loving this break from our normal schedule.  

A few things that I am currently loving this month:

Taking advantage of the extra sunlight that comes with these long summer days - early morning coffee on the patio and late evening trips to the pool.

Honored for this quick feature on Apartment Therapy

Prepping for Ali Edward's upcoming Week In The Life later this summer.  I plan on sharing a few of my spreads from 2014 and 2013 soon.

Happy that I am picking up my camera more and more these days.

Laughed out loud when I read this - 10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings.

Emerged myself in Victoria Will's work - she photographed celebrities at Sundace on film.  See her amazing photos here.

Loving how my baby girl only wants to wear long sun dresses these days.

Looking forward to a summer vacation.  Picking which cameras I will bring is proving to be harder than I thought.

Enjoying here and now, and trying not to wish away my days.

What are you enjoying this month?

Pink Blooms

I don't think I will ever get tired of capturing delicate, pink blooms on film. 

They only appear for such a short time in the Spring.  In the time it has taken me develop this film, this tree is already sporting new, green leaves.  

Have a great weekend, friends.

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Also, a quick reminder that On The Table, Volume 2 is available for preorder until April 15 for a discounted price!  Orders begin shipping April 20. 

a study in color

I usually choose to photograph in bright, natural light.  

I decided to push my comfort zone a bit and capture these blooms on black.

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It was definitely out of my comfort zone to photograph with a dark background.  But I love how it makes the color pop. And I'm reminded how good it is to change things up.  

Here's to pushing our boundaries and seeing where it takes us.