Sometimes I just need to appreciate how much fun they have together…you know, when they aren’t shoving each other into walls.
Someone, ahem, turned 35! We took a little trip to Leavenworth to celebrate. These were taken with my digital camera, gasp! I figure I should use it once every couple of year so it doesn’t get rusty.
So, yeah. My camera hoarding is starting to get a tad embarrassing. But there are just so many amazing film cameras that you can buy for SO CHEAP…it is really not my fault at all! Anyway…this is a test roll from a Yashica Electro 35 (I’d buy it on the cool name alone!) that I developed today. I shot the last few rolls at the beach and my heart was nearly broken when it jammed up at about frame 26. So I re-winded and developed it just to see what came out. Turns out it didn’t jam…I had just put a roll of Tri-x 24 exposure in, instead of my normal 36 exposures…duh!
Admittedly this thing is not ergonomic…it’s quite a little brick, in fact. But I muddled through and by the end of the roll I think I had it figured out. Actually about halfway through I though for sure I would be sending it back. It is really hard for me to get used to the ranger-finder viewfinder…but I am actually really pleased with the images, even though some are pretty overexposed (note the grain!). More so than with the Contax point and shoot that I blogged. I am currently running a roll of b&W through the contax and we’ll see which one wins the spot in my purse!
Yashica Electro 35, Kodak Tri-x 400, self-develop with d76
The cool thing about film is that instead of using photoshop or actions to create a “look” to your photos you use film stocks, development and well, cameras! Every camera, every lens gives a little something different. I decided I wanted a little carry around point and shoot film camera to replace some of the images I am now taking with my phone and bought the Contax TVSii (because you can’t go wrong with Zeiss glass, even in a point and shoot!).
It is an itty bitty thing compared to my other cameras and ITS ALL AUTOMATIC. Most people would think that would be easier than shooting manually, but I am so used to just making all the adjustments and getting exactly what I want that it was actually a little scary to use at first. Literally you turn the thing on and “snap” the photo. So weird!! Also the viewfinder is similar to a rangefinder in that you aren’t actually looking into the barrel of the lens, just a little glass window that gives you no information on focus (but this baby focuses super fast and silently) or exposure.
I think I need to run a few more rolls through this baby to decide if I am going to keep it. Maybe I am just a bells and whistles kinda gal? Or maybe I am just a control freak.
Just a few shots from random film and random cameras. I have some exciting projects in the works! Including an awesome collaboration with one of my best buds…can’t wait to dive in!
This Summer was one of the greatest.
Pentax 645n, Fuji 400h, developed and scanned by thedarkroom.com
We took a sentimental trip to our much loved and soon-to-be-torn-down coffee shop, Bauhaus. Dave and I spent many a coffee date hanging out here between when we first dated and when he chased me down in Barcelona. Not to mention spending every single day here after school studying…(er reading the stranger, eating ding-dongs and drinking coffee). The barista told us that Bauhaus will have a space in the new building once it is built, but we wanted to be sure to get some photographs of it the way we remember…but with less hipsters and more punk rockers.
Pentax 645n, 75mm 2.8, Fuji 400h
I’m reading Ansel Adams ‘The Negative’…I am both inspired and slightly overwhelmed! The zone system, wah???
These two are from my last roll…Nikon F100, 35mm fixed lens (which I realized with my last roll is not a full frame lens boohoo), Kodak Tri-X. Waiting for the rest of the roll to dry…accidentally pulled these a tad to soon and they curled up which makes for difficult scanning.
Are you getting bored yet?! This is just so much fun and I couldn’t wait to try my hand with the 35mm film. I am happy to report that loading the film was a freaking breeze compared to loading medium format! My plan today was to shoot a roll of 35mm film to develop and scan…but I ended up only getting through about 22 images (we had a very trying day, child-wise!) and by about dinner I just wanted to move on so I rewind the film without exposing the rest of the roll (remember I have no patience for waiting!!).
I have to say that I really am a color girl when it comes to photography. When I was shooting digital, though, I did have a few images that always screamed out to be b&w…usually it was the photos that had an emotion that I really wanted to zone in on…a look…the shadows. And even in these last two days of shooting black and white film I have started to see shoots so much differently. When shooting color I mostly look for the quality of light and how it surrounds the subject…and with B&W I find myself seeking out the shadows…and focusing on not just pretty, but soulful.
I can definitely see why photojournalists and street photographers rely heavily on b&w! One other challenge I’ve encounter with b&w is that you absolutely MUST nail the exposure. There is no room for error here! With color film you almost always want to overexpose and there is quite a bit of room for error. You can over expose by up to 4 stops (!!) with a good film and it will still be amazing. (Side note…you usually must under-expose with digital because you can easily blow out the highlights…and you pretty much always have to do post-production, ie photoshop, with digital…which is the main reason I have been using film…I hate me some post production hardcore!!).
Anyway! That turned into a very long post that I’m sure you have no interest in! And don’t let me fool you into thinking I know anything…:) Just mulling over what I am learning.
Here are some of the shots I took…I just wanted to be quick so grab some stuff that I thought would be fun to mess with…what? Still life? Not really me…but good fun for a test roll!
p.s for some reason the software I am using to combine the photos is making them appear out of focus…which is super annoying…so just pretend they are actually in focus until I get that resolved, kay?