It wasn’t that many years ago most of us were film shooters. Like almost everyone I know in the photography world I now shoot digital (and almost exclusively Adobe CameraRAW files). I made the switch a bit late, holding out with film until 2009. I shot primarily with three camera legends: the original Nikon F, the Leica M-3 and the Rolleiflex TLR. Amazing cameras all three—and I miss them occasionally, but I would never go back to shooting film. The Nikon and Leica were both 35mm and I shot Chrome (Kodachrome 25, 64 and sometimes 200). Back then we called it ASA and not ISO and it referred to film sensitivity rather than sensor sensitivity.
The Rolleiflex TLR was a Twin Lens Reflex camera that shot 120 film (2¼ x 2¼ inch square format). The Nikon F was one of the first successful SLRs (Single Lens Reflex camera) and the Leica M-3 was a classic rangefinder camera. In retrospect I guess my Rollei was a bit cumbersome to use, but the shots could be absolutely amazing for the day. It was a great portrait camera and was also used extensively in photojournalism. Few could afford its high price tag in the 1950s which would be well over $3,000 usd at today’s prices (when adjusted for inflation). I inherited my mint condition Rollei after my father passed away.
About seventeen years ago I shot the above image of my Black Labrador Retriever “Smokey” in his prime. A black dog in tall grass with late afternoon sun. I don’t remember the camera settings but they were probably something like f/11 at 1/125s. I could get better technical results today with digital and post-processing in Photoshop, but it would be hard to replicate the same warm, rich feel of this film shot. Unfortunately, this is a low-res scan from the original 8 x 10 inch color print. Smokey was a beautiful dog and I think this image does him justice, but I wish I had taken many more photos of him after I switched to digital.