Why This Surf Photographer Ditched Digital and Went Again to Movie


For almost 13 years, photographer Jordan Godly captured his surf pictures with a DSLR. However in 2020, that modified and he ditched digital so as to return to movie.

Godly says that his first experiences with surf pictures have been again when he was a youngster experimenting with disposable underwater cameras.

“My pal Doug and I’d take turns in photographing one another browsing, then within the afternoon, we might hurriedly drive the three hours house to get to the chemist in time to get these footage developed in a single hour,” he tells PetaPixel.

Typically, they wouldn’t get there in time and must wait per week to get their pictures again.

Jordan Godly

“Our images have been so dangerous,” he says. “Water droplets everywhere in the lens, crooked and horrible framing, however we didn’t care we have been nonetheless stoked and higher but we spent zero time behind the pc to strive make the images higher.”

Quick-forward 20 years and Godly says he had been capturing with a DSLR within the water for over a decade when he realized it was beginning to really feel mistaken.

“The entire sudden I had the urge to return to capturing 35mm movie. I felt like digital pictures sapped my pictures soul, my endurance, and turned my mind right into a useless zombie… a pictures sloth if you’ll.”

Jordan Godly

So, seeking to return to the sensation he had when he was a youngster, in 2020 he made the shift. Step one was selecting up an underwater movie digicam, which for Godly was a Nikonos-III.

“I used to be strolling by means of my native second-hand/classic store after I got here throughout the Nikonos-III. At that time, I had had zero expertise with the Nikonos collection I simply knew it was waterproof. I didn’t even know the right way to pull the digicam aside to verify and see if the O-rings have been in good situation,” he says.

Jordan Godly

“The Nikonos-III is totally guide in each sense of the phrase, which compelled me to assume extra. I now can higher assess distances and continuously have a basic concept on publicity metering.”

He determined to take it into the water and resolve if capturing movie was one thing he needed to pursue or if it might simply be a passing fad, an itch that could possibly be scratch simply.

Jordan Godly

“From the primary time I took the Nikonos out my pictures senses have been heightened, my sloth/zombie mind was ticking over, and I used to be immersed within the course of,” he says. “I used to be current once more and loving it. I used to be centered on anticipating the second higher.

“Taking pictures movie makes me have a transparent imaginative and prescient of what I need to obtain from a session capturing within the ocean. I do know I solely have 36 frames to work with, which forces me to be affected person and extra considerate after I take a picture.”

He says the method of capturing the pictures excites him in a approach that simply isn’t replicated with digital. Greater than that, he says the problem of his work and pictures has been eliminated since cameras can now all focus so rapidly with such accuracy that it’s onerous not getting an incredible picture.

Jordan Godly

Jordan Godly

Jordan Godly

“I do really feel as if digital pictures supplied such an incredible, fast-tracked studying expertise. It sped up my improvement as a photographer and studying the right way to use the software,” he says. “However I do really feel like it’s time now to make use of what I’ve discovered, decelerate, and benefit from the means of taking footage once more and movie pictures does this for me.”

Godly says that when he’s compelled to decelerate and use what he calls his “pictures muscle tissues” as a substitute of a set off finger whereas additionally pondering that every picture prices him cash, it forces him to consider every time he presses the set off. He additionally argues that capturing movie has resulted in much less time in entrance of the pc enhancing and extra time current whereas capturing. To him, that’s extra vital.

Jordan Godly

Six months after he picked up the Nikonos, he offered it to buy an underwater housing for his Nikon F100, a digicam he purchased a number of months earlier than he discovered the Nikonos. For the previous 12 months, Godly has shot solely on movie when he heads out into the surf.

“I went by means of a part in digital pictures after I was obsessive about excessive ISO efficiency and the sharpness of a picture. However having tack-sharp pictures doesn’t make a picture good, and I believe folks neglect that. Having sharp pictures solely add to make an excellent picture higher,” he says.

Jordan Godly

Since his swap to movie, Godly has managed to position within the prestigious Worldwide Pictures Awards in 2021 with a jury top-five choice, has been interviewed by Nikon, and even had 35mm movie sequence of pictures printed in Browsing World journal. He says whereas he’s not carried out with digital pictures, his happiness and success with movie makes it so he doesn’t need to ever go totally again.

“Am I carried out with digital pictures? Undoubtedly not, it does have its objective — particularly as a studying software and for industrial/paid work — however I do really feel that movie pictures might be a staple in my surf pictures equipment bag going ahead.”

For extra from Godly ensure to take a look at his Instagram.


Picture credit: Jordan Godly



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