Film Photography ~ everything old is new again

Film photography is back in my arsenal!  For myself only, though.  Not for clients (yet).

I’ve been taking the film workshop over at Light Inspired and I didn’t know how much I wanted to learn film until I picked up my new (to me) Canon 1V and shot my first frame.

Here’s my first frame:

Photography | www.kateandtrudy.com - Film

Not bad, if I do say so myself!  My first roll was shot on Kodak Portra 400.  This frame was shot at 1/250, f/11, +1 exposure comp at 30mm on my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.  I take pretty detailed notes, no?

Here are a few other images from the roll of 36.  They were all taken over a few day’s time and developed/scanned at a local camera shop, PJ’s Camera in Glen Ellyn, IL.  I ordered the Epson v600 scanner to see if I can get by with scanning my own images (to save $10/roll)!  I haven’t touched any of these image in post.  They are all scanned and uploaded “as is”.  I’m interested to see how a different scanner affects the color/resolution.

Photography | www.kateandtrudy.com - Film1/250   |   f/5.6   |   +2   |   40mm

Photography | www.kateandtrudy.com - Film1/1000   |   f/4.5   |   +3   |   24mm

Photography | www.kateandtrudy.com - Film1/1000   |   f/3.5   |   +2   |   24mm

Photography | www.kateandtrudy.com - Film1/3000  |   f/2.8   |   +1   |   24mm

Photography | www.kateandtrudy.com - Film1/2000   |   f/2.8   |   +2   |   70mm

Photography | www.kateandtrudy.com - Film1/2000   |   f/2.8   |   +2   |   70mm

What I think I love most about film, besides its classic nature, is the fact that I have to stop and pause before shooting each frame.  I spend money on the actual film, developing, and scanning, so each frame costs me a few dollars.  Yes, dollars.  With that in mind, I’m not “spraying & praying” like it’s so easy to do with digital.  It’s incredibly refreshing to stop, look, & listen for the images to reveal themselves.

I have a lot more to learn, but I was just pleased that my first roll was reasonably exposed!

My next roll is an Ilford HP5+ black & white and after that, Fuji 400H!  So exciting!

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