The February expedition assignment for the WE35 project was simple, in theory. Treat your digital camera like an old 35mm film camera, shoot a 36 exposure roll and present in a contact sheet. Then pick your favorite image from the shoot, share it and explain why it's your favorite. Sure, seems simple, but...
I've been at this photography thing since 2009 and over that period of time, I feel I've gotten pretty decent at seeing and making images. At first, it was nothing to take hundreds of images in a shoot - part of that was because all of my images were bracketed and tone-mapped, so each final image took anywhere from 3 to 9 images to produce. It was also because my personal taste for images was quite broad with little filtering of what my style and image preferences were. I'd shoot anything without a whole lot of thought.
Fast forward to today and you'll find almost no image is bracketed and I might take half a dozen images of a basic composition, trying to find the best one, and in total, my shoots might yield 3-7 finished images. It's a more deliberate process and even though there's some experimentation, the total yield is much lower but the quality is much better (in my humble opinion)
The UT bench in down town Lexington. Hard to believe I found it empty in the middle of the day!
So even though the February assignment seemed easy, it became very difficult to fill 36 exposures in one outing. On top of the basic concept, I made it even tougher on myself with a couple of restraints. First, I shot everything in jpeg and committed to no editing other then dust spot removal. I also chose a black and white preset on the camera and upped the contrast to mimic what some film exposures might be like. Along with the limited focal length of the WE35mm, this became are much more difficult task.
With that said, There's some benefit to the process. I became even more particular about what I put in the viewfinder - every picture had to count. It also made me pay more attention to my exposure settings being that the high contrast black and white was constant - what did I want exposed and what could be sacrificed? This could only help in my overall workflow, even outside the WE35!