I bought a Horseman 617 panoramic camera a while back and yesterday I viewed my first ever couple of transparency rolls on a light-box with a loupe. It was an honestly mesmerizing experience; like re-living the moment that I originally experienced when I made the exposure. A sort of tunnel back in time.
As a hobbyist I value the sheer enjoyment of the photography-experience more than anything else, perhaps even more than the results which I do care deeply about, and in that spirit it was so very satisfying to view those E6 slides on that light-box/loupe setup. In fact quite a bit more intimate and rewarding than viewing photos on a monitor (my own photos as well as others') - which I seem to do incessantly.
Also, having to wait for such a long time for the results after taking the shots is contrary to my generally impatient disposition. The lack of instant gratification made me a little anxious, but I was so happy to collect my mail from the mailbox yesterday - like getting a surprise - a very pleasant one.
I have stitched quite a few panos over the years - one from Yellowstone I even have on my bedroom wall. But these 6x17 slides seem to have a life that my other panos seem to lack, however deliberate and meticulous my technique. I wonder if this E6 'life/energy' is unique to the lightbox viewing experience or if it translates to scans and prints as well.
I can appreciate why so many artists and hobbyists are shooting film. I intend to shoot a lot more 6x17 and 6x6 slide film in the future.
Just thought I'd share this experience.
Thanks for bearing with my over zealousness