After getting back the negatives from my first two rolls of film, I was immediately inspired. (1) To go out and shoot some more, and (2) to also test out many more types of cameras and film. I went to a local thrift store to see if they had any 35mm cameras available, and to my surprise they had a Yashica T* adorned with a holographic dragon stickers for $2.99 - quite the steal if you ask me.
Out of excitement I went out to Oakland, also the same night I happened to have my work on display at VSCO's All Hands Community Event. With no real goal in mind, I walked aimlessly through Oakland to capture whatever caught my eye. And was pleasantly surprised by the power this point and shoot had
Through the random assortment of photos you'll see that theres a common trend, uneven horizons accompanied by uncentered shots. Not that I want to blame it entirely on the offset of the viewfinder and lens, I was not aware of how great this offset was which is why you'll see the off centered photos. But as far as the uneven horizons go, well thats just because I dont have stable hands.
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Recently I decided to purchase a film SLR, particularly an Asahi Pentax K1000. A beautiful camera which was in production from 1976-1997, originally in Japan. I chose this SLR because it is considered one of the simplest film camera bodies and was intended to be this way so it was easily understood by students studying film or those who choose to adopt it later on like myself. The K1000 is an almost-all metal, mechanically (springs, gears, levers) controlled, manual-focus SLR with manual-exposure control. Completely operable without batteries, and only required for the light metering information system. Which can be extremely quick and efficient in comparison to a standalone light meter. Now enough of the information about the camera, time to talk about the film shooting experience.
Shooting film isn’t much different from shooting digitally, the only difference is having the confidence that your shots will come out how you want them to. Shooting digitally you can take as many shots as you want, review them and adjust. All until you get the proper composition that you want. Shooting film on the other hand forces you to think about your shots before taking them, starting all with the film. For the first two rolls of film I decided to shoot with Kodak UltraMax 400. Coming in at an average of $4 a roll, it’s great for beginners. So you don’t feel as guilty as you would if you accidentally misfired a shot on a more expensive alternative. Anyway, when reviewing the photos after getting them developed I was extremely happy with the results, particularly the photos on the first roll.
While shooting roll one I was very conservative with my shots, making sure that every photo was “picture-perfect” before releasing the shutter. Because of this there were more photos that I found more interesting compared to the second roll shot at the skate park. The first roll of film was taken over a span of 12 days, and at multiple locations. Slowly but surely capturing shots until I used the entire roll. I was extremely proud of the shots on frames 4,5,8, and 9. These shots particularly because I'm impressed by the performance of the film in low light situations with the type of weather we were experiencing. Capturing the light rays, all while not blowing out too much of the shadows or highlights.
Shooting the second roll of film - at the skate park - I had a different goal in mind. My intention was to use the whole roll while there, not to be as conservative and just to fire away. Because of this there were a handful of repetitive shots, and a slight hint of carelessness added in there. So much carelessness that you can see I damaged a few of the shots by exposing the film to the sun by accidentally opening the camera back.
All in all, I had a great experience shooting these first two rolls of film and look forward to taking more pictures in the future
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