An Encounter With Film – Once Again!

16 Jan

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It had been a VERY long time since I picked up my film camera… and to be honest, it happened because I don’t have a DSLR anymore and to top it off – my digital point-n-shoot got stolen from the car as well.

There was a model-photographer meetup that I wanted to attend, but not having a DSLR was disappointing esp. because I knew I wouldn’t be able to give away the “files” anytime soon. Nevertheless, I head out and bought  rolls of film – Kodak Ektar 100 and Ilford Delta 3200.

I wanted to see if I still “had it in me” … if I could still shoot film – and mind you, I NEVER have used a light-meter. I always have taken educated guess and metered it using my eye. Never has failed!!

I didn’t take lot of shots of Hayley at the meetup but these two were my favorites. Taken with the Ilford 3200 b/w. I did crop it in LR and did do a little bit of touch-up, but not to much.

The colored shots are from the Kodak. The Cat tails and the leaves with the sun peeking… both hand held and I must admit I am proud of myself that I pulled it off without any trouble.

In both the shots with Kodak I used the 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S lens. Whereas with Hayley, I used the 50mm and also 35~135mm f/3.5~4.5 Ai-S lens.

There was the added cost of developing and scanning of the 2 film rolls, it took a whole month before I sent them to the lab! This is something that really annoyed me. I don’t know if it was the cost issue or what… but film does hold you back!

One thing that definitely annoyed me was that I couldn’t change from color to b/w and vice-versa! I had to complete the roll or kill it if I really wanted to shoot in a different mode or film. So different an experience from using digital. But then again, it’s a whole other experience to begin with – Slow and Easy !!


Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Nikon F3, Random Shots, Working with Models


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4 responses to “An Encounter With Film – Once Again!

  1. mwdurr

    January 16, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Limited situation or not, you got great pictures. 🙂


  2. simon

    January 16, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I dont think film holds you back all that much – it just has a different rhythm from the immediate option of Digital.
    I think both mediums are legitimate and it’s very much horses for courses which is what I think you are saying too.
    I use digital as well as film and have benefited from slowing down the process that film creates and forcing myself to make choices that digital side steps – and this helps me creatively.
    As for having to use a roll or kill it half way – this is why people have more than one back loaded with film at a time and why medium format was developed with interchangeable backs.
    At a time where you can by a great 70’s SLR for nothing on the net – it is the best time to get your second F3 or even get an F5 or 6 if you want the bells and whistles.


    • tigerclaws

      January 16, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Film does “slow you down” if not “holds you back” !!

      Actually I had bought just 2 rolls and hadn’t really planned on shooting anything specific. Things just happened and I tried to do the best with what I had (as in film wise).

      I don’t even have a computer system or anything. I am in the process of buying myself a serious computer and also getting a scanner. Scanning your negatives is ridiculously expensive. Do you have any suggestions as far as scanners go? I am debating between the Epson V750M-Pro and the (newly announced) Plustek Opticfilm 120.


      • simon

        January 16, 2013 at 1:48 am

        I’m a mac user and so there was only ever going to be one choice and that is the Canon scanner because it is the most compatible with my computers.
        Scanning takes for ever and really is the bane of my life. I love to develop film as you can change the images completely through the process – but the time scanning takes just really spoils the experience.
        The Canoscan 9000F is the one I have and it is a great machine – but like all small home scanners – you can only go up to 120 film size and not even 4×5 but I would recommend it to anyone as a cost effective solution.
        The ones you mention are much more serious than this and so I would look for people who have them and ask for issues.



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