Posts Tagged film photography
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
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
Do you know what happens when you don’t blog (or for that matter, even turn on your computer) for more than a year? Every application you used (Flickr, WordPress) is now totally different and you have to relearn it all! Guess I should start posting more again! To start us off…here are a couple shots from a roll of film I had developed today! They are from a road trip to the ocean last Summer.
And now that I’ve used up the 20 minutes of Blake-playing-alone-time trying to log into wordpress and remember how to post photos, I must go. More later…(just how much later this time!?).
These are a couple of test shots from a roll of Kodak 400 NC that has been sitting in my camera for AWHILE. It’s always fun to get a roll developed when you don’t remember what’s on it!
As far as the film goes… I like it, but it goes pretty yellow in the shadows which is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. And I am definitely spoiled by the Nikon f100 and lenses…but the little Ricoh can rock it…if you can be fast with the manual focus (which is interesting when shooting a toddler!).
I’m hoping that my oldest son, Coen, will get over his camera aversion. That boy needs to get on this blog so his far away family don’t forget what he looks like!
The very first manual camera I ever bought was a Ricoh KR5 Super II. I bought it when I was 15, because I fancied myself a photographer. I probably took about a dozen rolls of film with it and then it found its way down to the bottom of my closet. Somehow it’s stayed with me…through the rest of my teen years, multiple moves (including the one abroad in which I got rid of everything I owned except for 2 suitcases worth of my most treasured belongings), marriage and 2 kids.
Fast forward to Mothers Day 2008…I recieved a digital SLR camera as a gift (thanks Dave!) and it truly changed my life. I have learned everything I know about photography on that camera (and as embarrassing proof, you can look back to my first post on this blog…which includes my very first picture, ack!). Needless to say, I have learned ALOT. Thanks to the immediate feedback you get with a digital camera, it’s easy to take the same shot a hundred different ways and figure out how the different variables are influencing the final shot.
Now that I’ve got my brain wrapped around the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length…etc., I think I’m ready to have another go at film. I’ve wanted to start another personal project for a while and have been tossing a few ideas around in my head and finally settled on “Film Friday”. The concept is to take one roll of film per week and upload the whole roll onto the Film Friday blog…yes, the whole roll…even the ugly ones. The goal is to delve deeper into the mental process of photography, to think about each shot – really think about it, to choose my composition more carefully, and of course to have fun and relive the excitement of picking up a package of photos and wondering which ones came out and being surprised by the little gem of a photo tucked away between overexposed and blurry prints.
If your thinking to yourself, “she doesn’t think about her shots now?!” lol, yes, of course I do. But I also do a whole lot of just taking the shot because who knows if it will be a good one and if it’s not I can erase it (or fix it in post processing) and if it is good then, well, great! I really want to be a more thoughtful photographer…and learn to handle more of my photography issues on the front end instead of after the fact. What does that mean? More waiting – for good light, the interaction I’m wanting to capture, the mood of the composition. More watching – for interesting subjects, contrast, light (again with the light!).
Phew, that was long. So this weekend I busted the old Ricoh out and bought some film and did a test roll to make sure it still worked. Here are a couple of shots… (pst…I used Walgreens film and also developed at Walgreens, they do film conversion to CD for $5!! In an hour!! And of course if I want to print out something I can always take in the negatives that I like to my trusty pro-lab) Woot! Amazingly they all came out pretty good…even though we were mostly stuck inside today because of rain rain rain. Not terribly interesting (except for the one of Mr. Handsome), but they *are* test shots after all.
The Ricoh is fully manual (read, no auto focus!!) and the shutter speed dial is at the top of the camera (only options are Bulb, 1sec, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000) so there will definitely be a learning curve without all of the options of a digital. The bonus though…the lady who sold me the camera sold me a 50mm 2.8, which is NEVER bad. Needless to say it was a much more tactile experience! 🙂
If you would like to join me for this project, I would love to have some company! Check out the about page at the other blog, for more info (but please note the blog is still semi-under construction). I decided to devote a seperate blog to this project because I really want it to be more about fine art photography and less about cute photos of my kids…although I’m sure sometimes they will bleed into one another.
So head over there and have a look around and be sure to book mark it in your reader! The first post will be up on January 1st! I can’t wait to get this project started!