On December 9th, bith myself and Paul Dopson were sat fairly close together on the approach to 9L at Heathrow, and by coincidence or otherwise we both shot pictures of British Airways 777-236 G-YMMI. Now I've finally gotten the slides processed (albeit that I haven't uploaded the image yet), herein I present both the digital and film versions of the same airplane, albeit from slightly different viewpoints. As I am still considering digital, the difference in the two photos is interesting to me, and I hope to some of the rest of you:
Digital - Paul Dopson
Kodachrome 64 - Andy Martin
So, my personal observations:
I'm amazed by the lack of grain, and the general all-round cleanliness in the appearance of the digital image. I have done pretty much nothing to enhance or otherwise change the scan of the film based image, but the difference is noticable. I am also amazed by the depth of detail in the shadow of the digital image - detail underneath the airplane, for example, that I don't believe I could even hope to pull out of the film based image.
However, I must admit that I do not particularly like the colour of the sky in the digital image - based on memory and none-biased opinion, I believe the film based image is more accurate in terms of sky colour. I also do not particularly like the almost pastel red colour of the airline logo on the digital image, nor do I think that the digital image's BA blue is anywhere near dark enough, and I also find the digital white is not particularly to my liking.
I'll admit that this is a rather simplistic comparison, but I find it none the less interesting as both pictures must have been taken within seconds of each other. I personally believe that digital has a clear edge on grain and clarity, but I prefer the colours of the film based image.
Any other observations/opinions?
PS: Paul, I hope you don't mind me using your image in this topic - should be good for you getting a few more hits, if nothing else!