Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Excursions Into Film Photography


My roommate lent me his Canon AE-1 SLR this summer with a roll of ISO 400 black and white film. He recently developed and scanned the film because I was being a real slowpoke about the process. Here are a few of the shots that turned out alright.  I definitely struggled with the proper exposure and focus; I haven't shot film photography since high school! 

I do dig the grain and old-time vibes from these images.  I haven't done any editing because I wanted to present the images in their raw form.  What is it about back and white that seems to add more to a picture?  I think the grain fits the masculinity of the subjects.  Overall, I think my film skills leave room for improvement! 

What are your forays into film photography?  Do you prefer digital or film media?

13 comments :

  1. Does he develop his own film? If so that is so COOL and convenient. And also very cheap.

    There is such a timeless beauty to black and white images. I can't put my finger on it, but it just makes all the photos seem more special.

    Hmmm it is a tough question. I adore film and for a while I wanted to switch to that as my predominant medium. However, digital is just so convenient and infinitely cheaper for me (I don't know how to develop film. Well I did it once but messed it up. It was crushing to realise that I had almost lost the shots and I haven't been able to get over that fear since)

    nat // dignifiable

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  2. My grandfather just gave me an old nikon film camera and I haven't used it yet because I'm so intimated. I'm scared to ruin a roll of film :(

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  3. These are beautiful! film is so much fun to fool around with

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  4. How awesome! I have never photographed with film before. I don't have access to it or any knowledge of what to buy. But what a fun experience! I think the pictures turned out sooo cool. Such old school vibes.

    Kim // simplylovebirds.com

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  5. These photos came out awesome. I live the "vintage" vibe to them. :)

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  6. Your shots with the SLR looks so legit! Love how everything look so vintage. Are we in the 1930’s or 2010’s? XD, just kidding XD. I feel like the grain added to the picture. This is +1 to your photography skills~ Digital is so convenient because it doesn’t take much to snap and load. However, there’s a lot of appreciation film needs because you need real skills to take the pictures properly and get it developed!

    https://exquisitely.me

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  7. Film just adds that extra atmosphere that digital can't recreate! But it would just be too expensive for me - although I guess it's a good exercise in selecting what you should take photos of more carefully.

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  8. Film is just beautiful and (kinda) vintage! I love the results!

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  9. This takes be back to my Uni days using film camera and processing them in the dark room! These look great, I agree about the grain adding a look and feel you cant get with digital as well as a timeless nostalgia vibe!

    Hanh | hanhabelle

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  10. GURRRRL. Is there anything you can’t do?! Your photography is so beautiful, Alyse & you’re definitely getting better each day/each photoshoot with it. Proud of you!!

    P.S. We need to hang out soon!

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  11. why are you so insanely talented omg. your shots are beautiful as always *-* i love b&w film photographs. i think it's one of the most honest form of art.

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  12. I love these! There's something wonderful about film photography. Coincidentally, I've been trying out my own film cameras (finally), and I hope my photos have turned out even a fraction as good as these.

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