The other day I took some pictures of Kakalla at The Bug Jar. I tried using two cameras--one with fast film for natural light shots and one with a flash. It seemed to work alright.
The next day I was mentally planning out the remainder of the day at work and was thinking that I would have to drop the film off for processing. Little cans of coiled acetate and emulsion with subtle chemical modifications representing the images I shot--emulsion that would need a developing process to transform those chemical changes into a form that would again be visible.
Later that day I heard that Wolf Camera, the huge camera store chain, had filed Chapter 11. I guess digital photography is taking its toll. Unlike some people, I don't think photographic film will just roll over like vinyl records and cassettes did for the compact disc. It won't go down without a big fight. Digital fixes the per-picture cost problem--photographic pictures still cost around a buck a print. So far, though, it doesn't improve anything else. Digital will win eventually, just not yet.
I'm trying not to be the naysayer (quite a feat for me) as I have been in the past. Consider Starbucks Coffee and Blockbuster Video. I guess Blockbuster was first. I remember when they rolled their blue-and-yellow stores into town and the local video stores cringed. People like to see recent movies on video, but the little stores couldn't manage that. The same thing happened when Starbucks appeared and all but a few coffee shops could compete.
A lot of people complained about it--mostly store owners and people who knew them--and of course myself. "What about the little guy?" was the phrase du jour. These big corporations just come in and drive competition out with low prices and other "unfair" tactics then they'll screw us over.
Well, I was as wrong as everyone else. We still have Video Barn and Hyatt's Video, Java's and Moonbeans. There's a few others too. What we don't have is Bunghole Video, with its fifty aging tapes, and Mudville Coffee, with cups of yesterday's sludge for $4 a cup. Who cares? We ended up keeping the best of what we had, and adding one more store to each market to set the benchmark.
What does this have to do with digital photography? Well, it is going to shake down the competition. We're going to see quite a few stores shutting their doors because they can't keep up. The places that will make it recognize that digital is the way of the future, but film will not be left in the past for a while. It's actually a pretty good situation because there is a lot of time.
For those who know me, I'll be working with film for quite a while yet. The theoretical digital camera that could replace what I do with film still costs over $10,000 (i.e. 6 megapixel, 3-stop latitude, ISO 3200 equivalent) and in the last 9 years I've "only" spent about $4,000 on photography, about half of that on film and processing. Plus, I now have my processing done by someone else ... I get back a printed copy of all the pictures which I can quickly skim through. If I had a digital camera, I'd have to buy a bigger hard drive, keep better backups, spend the time to download them from the camera into the computer, etc. It's just easier to pay someone else to do it for me.
So, I guess I'll be like some Radio Shack holdover looking for the Tube Tester, bringing in my "film" to be "processed." Hopefully we'll end up with a couple decent stores around town who know how to deal with film and digital in a reasonable manner.
M O V I E S
- In the future, scientists figure out what both "intelligence" and "love" are and decide to waste it on a stupid robot boy.
Ain't It Cool
had a review by this guy Moriarty who said that when you see it, don't get your hopes up too high because the movie is kind of dumb.
- As a sequel to
Boyz N the Hood,
this story follows a guy who's got a couple kids by different mothers but still lives with his own mother.
- Two kids from opposite sides of the proverbial tracks fall in love ... one a poor Latino and the other an outcast in an affluent neighborhood. Awwwwwwwwww...
- Based on the life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his relationship with William Wordsworth, what should be a dry and boring work of cinema is supposedly rather engaging.
In case you really have a lot of time for lunch, the
Lunch & Learn Program
Genesee Country Village & Museum
(Flint Hill Rd. in Mumford)
will learn you
How Does a Bagpiper Pipe?
In the interest of saving time, I'll just tell you the answer is: loudly. Loudly.
will be at
(875 Monroe Ave.)
starting around 10:30.
Tonight is another of
Rochester's Most Popular Band Contest
starting around 9:30
at the intolerable
(170 East Ave.)
will actually show up ... I'd bet on blaming the communication somewhere along the line, but they missed their gig at
The Bug Jar
High Falls Festival Site
(Browns Race and Commercial St.)
3 Doors Down
7 Mary 3
They'll let you in at 6 ... I'm bettin' y'all need tickets for this beforehand.
Nuts and Bolts
will again be at
Johnny's Smoke Free Bar
(1382 Culver Rd.)
The show last month was pretty funny, but it seems I will jinx them if
I say too much.
(204 N. Water St.)
is a show titled
I saw it a few weeks ago and, aside from being what it says it is, it's an interesting show ... much different than anything you've ever seen before. Oh, and it's loud too. Very very loud.
In case you're wondering what all the hooplah is around
Beale Street Cafe
(689 South Ave.)
from 6 to 9 then
The Coupe de Villes
from 10 to 2.
I heard the other day that
Le Jazz Hot Café
(135 West Commercial St., East Roch.)
now has an outdoor patio. If you'd like to find out if that's true,
The Jim Gala Quartet
Mike Kaupa on trumpet
will be there from 8 to midnight.
If you want to get outside ... yeah yeah ... it's the
Roof Deck of
The Centers at High Falls
(60 Brown's Race)
will be there starting around 9:30.
I saw them last month and they put on a low-key but fun show -- they do decent modern rock covers primarily.
Winner of the 1998 Pultzer Price, the show is a funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubled relationship between a young girl and an older man. It is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road (and life) from behind the wheel.
Anyway, I haven't seen the show but the ones in the past have been quite good. Plus the venue is pretty nice and intimate.
Call 232-2250 for more information.
Trivia Quiz continues at
The Old Toad
(277 Alexander St.)
I keep going and we still haven't won -- whether we have a few people or a whole bunch.. We've been within a couple questions of winning, but so has everyone else.
If you're up interested,
Johnny's Smoke Free Bar
(1382 Culver Rd.)
will have a DJ playing
As of a few weeks ago,
(16 Gibb Street)
still has open mic poetry downstairs starting around 9:30.
Open Mic Comedy
is tonight at
(Ridge Hudson Plaza)
starting around 10. The shows have been pretty good in the past.
If you get out there early,
will be at
(566 River St.)
from 4:30 to 8:30.
Movie links courtesy The Internet Movie Database Map links courtesy MapsOnUs TV show synopses courtesy TVGrid Some movie synopses courtesy UpcomingMovies.com
Under his pen name Lewis Carroll, Charles Dodgson published Through the Looking-Glass 129 years ago in 1872 and introduced the word "chortle" among other things.
is an event that has been confirmed either with the venue, the performers, or both.
is an event that is "non-entertainment" for the masses such as practice sessions, open jams, etc.
is a day when you should fly the flag according to the Veterans of Foreign Wars calendar.
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