How can there possibly be any comparison?
Four weeks prior to the London Olympic Games, Los Angeles Times photographer Jay L. Clendenin spent that time traveling around Souther California, composing portraits of the competing athletes on the US Olympic Team. Yes, while he wasn’t the only one documenting these athletes, Clendenin chose a more unusual way of capturing them. In addition to using a Canon 5D Mark IIs, he also used a 4×5-inch field camera with a 100+ year old Petzval lens, exposing each image onto B&W paper to produce a tnegative. Clendenin put his two photographs side by side to show the comparison of the two, revealing how strikingly different analogue photography is to digital and how it can capture an ethereal and unique look that digital can just not match.
‘Each black-and-white portrait was exposed onto black-and-white photographic paper, processed in a darkroom and scanned into a computer. The process was cumbersome and filled with experimentation. I brought 23 film holders to every shoot, in addition to a bulky camera and tripod and two digital cameras and lenses. But shooting the large-format film was a relaxing and, most important, creatively rejuvenating experience. With no motor drive to capture three frames every second (as with my Canon 5d Mark II cameras), I was forced to slow down and think about each frame.’