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It’s Time to Shoot Film

Meeko-with-Minolta x-700

I have been doing my research on film photography for a while now.  I remember shooting film (mainly disposable cameras and polaroids) as a child, but by the time I became serious about photography, digital was the thing.  I wanted to get into shooting film because I felt that it would make me better.  I recently made the jump to shooting film, and I immediately noticed that things are more simple and you have to put more thought into each shot.  The film cameras don’t have 10 million features and an LCD screen with an endless menu.  You only have 24 or 36 shots per roll, so the endless clicking came to an end for me.  I have become more observant and involved, and photography now feels more personal to me.

My Grandpa gave me 2 film cameras a while ago.  An Argus C3 and a Ricoh AF-40.  Both of these need some repair, so I haven’t been able to use them yet.  I had an old Minolta 50mm lens sitting around so I went to eBay looking for a Minolta film camera.  I ended up finding a Minolta X-700.  When it arrived, I loaded some Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 into it and shot it quickly.  I shot it quickly because I wanted to get the film developed right away to see if the camera was functioning properly.  I sent the roll off to The Darkroom Lab and patiently waited.  I didn’t have to wait long though.  They sent me an email when they received the film and even uploaded digital files of the shots after they developed them.  My negatives arrived in the mail a few days later.

I was pleased with the look of the photos.  They had a certain warmth to them.  It reminded me of listening to vinyl versus the digital formats.  Shooting film has made me become more involved with my craft, and I’m sure home development is going to add to that.  Here are just a few shots from the first roll I shot.  I converted some of them into black and white.  I also messed up when loading and unloading the film, which is why you are only seeing 6 out of 24 shots, but hey, it’s a journey so there will be ups and downs.

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