R asked if he could use my first digital camera, a Nikon D70. I have kept that camera around because it is much more sensitive in the infrared than my others, and it’s a lot of fun to do remixes. But I hadn’t used it in a while, and when he was testing it, it became clear that no one will be using it again. What an odd way for a camera to self-destruct. It looks like the green channel is not recording properly at all, and the others aren’t so great either. It’s a pity, I loved doing the ir+visible stuff. It would take some serious MacGuyvering to rig up a newer camera to do that work, and that isn’t in the time/money budget just right now. But isn’t that image weirdly interesting?
Time to reactivate the blog – the D70 is on order, hoping it will ship today. R encouraged me to spend this unholy amount of money, and maybe in the end it will pay. At $12.50 a roll*, it should take about a year to make up the savings in film and developing. But now there is a whole list of new “luxury” problems – filters in the odd 67mm size, batteries, memory cards. It should be fun. It shall be fun. Stay tuned for new images.
* [2 October 2006 – I actually shot off the equivalent of 400 rolls of film with this camera in the first year I owned it. I didn’t figure on the multiplication factor on my productivity when I switched to digital.]