Sunday, August 02, 2015


Why is it that old pictures often look better. The cameras were, for the most part, inferior unless you had the good fortune to own a Leica or one of the other high-end cameras.

With today's equipment, the pictures practically take themselves...or they chide you if you try to take an inferior photograph. But even with the advanced technology, I still manage to take some crappy pictures.

I walked out onto the back deck this evening the enjoy the last of the light. Two deer were under the apple tree eating the corn we'd spread there before sundown. They were too far off to get a decent shot with my iPhone so I shot the picture below instead. I used a Tintype app which resembles photographs taken when photography was in its infancy.

I have some actual photographs taken during that time period and they are remarkable.

This one's not bad though I have to wonder what pictures those early photographers would have taken had they had access to the technology today.


  1. I remember my dad fooling with a light meter and f-stops or something before every picture. You had to know what you were doing.

  2. Anonymous9:49 PM

    I love tintypes--I have one of my grandmother!!

  3. The aggravating thing about new cameras is the auto-focus. It chooses what it will focus on and you, the photographer, can just go jump!

  4. I'm not an expert on photography but I love my Canon Rebel T1i. I have a a big lens but seldom have time to bother and I also have a tri-pod which I seldom use. I would love to have lots of spare time to explore photography. I have several photography apps and I don't bother with those either. One thing that I have not expanded on is taking movies.
    Mostly I like my photos to have clear crisp details.

    Have a great day


  5. Lovely photo.

    Those days the cameras which photographers used may not be so advanced as we have today but the photographers by trial and error learned the ropes and managed to produce lovely photos. These days photographers don't have to sweat it out so much because the camera guides them.

    So many things have become easy these days due to advances in technology. We have more leisure time on our hands to enjoy ourselves.

    Best wishes

  6. I'm always amazed at how long-lasting those tintypes have been, without losing quality. I remember when Kodacolor film first came out, and it was exciting to see pictures in actual color but they had a bad tendency to fade. Same thing with old color slides. Digital photography obviously doesn't have those kinds of problems, but I'm wondering if it will make a particular image hard to find and enjoy. Unlike those great old albums with the adhesive black corners, which I hadn't thought of in years. I guess we shall see.

  7. I know what you are talking about a lot of old photos are awesome


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