So I had a Jaguar F-Type R for a day and I had wanted to shoot it on film because I’m a turdbucket. But the light meter on my old camera was acting up. Why not use my digital camera as a really, really expensive light meter?

The film is on the left, the digital on the right.

So I ended up using my recently-acquired Canon 6D as a thousand dollar light meter for my Pentax Spotmatic I picked up for $40 off of a guy on Craigslist outside the 38th and 8th Two Bros.

On the Spotmatic I was using my beloved 50mm f1.4 Super Takumar that got me started on this whole old camera stuff mess.

On the 6D was my maybe not beloved but certainly most used lens at the moment, my 50mm f3.5 Industar 50-2. It is wonderfully tiny and fantastically cheap. I got mine for $20 off of eBay.

I had intended on driving to the Brooklyn Navy Yards for some very dramatic shadows, but I ended up driving to Hunts Point in the Bronx. And just before the light was going to get really interesting, cloud cover took over.

In any case, I got a lot of chances to take the same photo, once in digital format, once in film.

Above is film, below is digital.

Some of these digital shots I edited a bit, and the processing for the film I handed over to my local one hour place around the corner because I’m lazy. The film is some way-too-expensive Kodak Portra 400 I bought in a big pack before Nick Stango over in the video department got me hooked on Fujifilm.

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In all, it was a fun exercise. The film comes out really nicely on its own and don’t need much editing to look cool, while the digital shots have lots of room for editing but don’t look that cool straight out of the camera. My 6D aggravates this by turning everything kind of maroon on its basic setting, which I haven’t figured out how to defeat.

The sun was out for a short spell in the Hunts Point meat market. The guy working the gate let me in even though they were closed. A hundred grand’s worth of Jaguar does open some doors.

Digital offers me more chances to experiment, the film makes me think harder about my shots before they happen. Trade-offs on both sides.

And a hundred grand’s worth of Jaguar closes others. I can’t say how wary everyone was of me up in the Bronx.

The Jaguar was very much a hundred thousand dollar wall between me and anyone up there.

Though some people were just happy to see the car, most were just like what the fuck am I doing here.

In short, if you have a Jaguar F-Type R and a camera you’re not going to come out with anything too bad, and you’re not going to have a bad time either.

Photo Credits: Raphael Orlove, that’s me!


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