You may have noticed that I just bought myself a Canon Elan 7E so I can shoot more film. In conjunction, I've been doing a lot of reading into film photography, looking for a way to give my work an interesting and analogue twist. I think this may come from playing my guitars through tube amplifiers, but I really enjoy working with a medium that relies on more than 1 and 0.
So far my experience with film has been good: I'm choosing my photos more carefully, making each frame count. It's made me a better editor in a sense, because I've actually had moments of looking through the viewfinder and thinking "No, I don't like this, I'll find something else to shoot". Having only used digital, I never experienced a train of thought anything like this.
|I waited until this woman was just inside the second window frame on purpose. With digital I would have snapped furiously, hoping to get the moment at 4 fps. (Fuji Superia 400)|
I'm loving the results. However, I'm also catching myself thinking that something would look good because it's on film. I do have some very boring photos that I snapped because I'd thought they would be good on film, not necessarily because I liked what I saw. I still need to detach myself from the equipment and just go take pictures I like.
|I also love the way colours are rendered. There's a very nice smoothness to the photos when they're processed. (Fuji Superia 400)|
I've been following Eric Kim's website/blog/tutorials and have found it incredibly resourceful, and inspiring. I'm still nowhere near being able to walk up to someone and take a photo without asking, but in time I'll develop confidence and I'll get better at shooting street stuff.
While shooting film, I actually get a sense of being less creepy while I'm shooting on the street. If I point my camera at someone while shooting film, I know that if they approach me I actually can't delete the photograph (not that I would anyway) and can't show it to anyone. It's almost like I've got a license to create art with film, and that's okay, more so than digital. It's a perception, not a reality, and frankly with a point and shoot I'd probably feel the same way.
|Sometimes it's nice to have someone pose for you. Once again, Jess, my wife, poses while I make use of some background Christmas lights. (Ilford XP2 Super 400)|
Maybe that's it with film: I feel more artistic. I feel like each shot I take will matter. I don't think it's "hipster"; a lot of people shoot film today. It's coming back. Kodak is still making film, though they're downsizing. Ilford has launched a line of disposable black and white cameras.
|(Ilford XP2 Super 400)|
|The textures and details are just awesome. I shot the same photo with my 5DII and with some processing I could probably match this image. Thing is, I need to know what it looks like in the first place! (Ilford XP2 Super 400)|
|mmmm.....beer... (Ilford XP2 Super 400)|
Thanks for reading, and until next time, Cheers!