Rekindling the love of film

Photography is a beautiful art. Whatever your preferred medium is, whether it be digital or film, there is such a simple, pure, and peaceful enjoyment to be had from capturing images of life as it unfolds around us. Recently I took our old Nikon F70 film camera for a spin, and was immensely pleased with the results.

All of the following images were taken using EXPIRED Kodak Gold 400 film and scanned at a poor 600dpi on a very old and cheap multi-function scanner. I don’t know the exact expiry date of the film, but it would have been somewhere around 2005, as that was when I last shot film. Regardless of those 2 facts that should otherwise degrade the quality of the photos, I find these images beautiful.

This image of the bee on the flower was a perfect example of how slowing down and enjoying life can bring rewards. I had a required shutter speed of around 1/60th for this photo considering the low(ish) light. I could not change the film ISO and could not change the aperture without affecting the desired depth of field. The wind was blustering a bit, so I had no choice but to sit and wait for the wind to calm down. The moment the wind eased enough to stop the flower shaking a bee landed on the flower, and I snapped the photo.

These are 2 of my mothers chickens. The camera was placed on the ground, and was aimed roughly by eye without the benefit of a digital camera LCD display. This is a good example of how changing your shooting perspective can drastically alter the effect of the image. Shooting from ground level gives these chickens a larger than life personality - the same applies when shooting photos of children - always shoot from the level of the child and try and see the world from their eyes and the eyes of fellow kids.

This was taken when Elly and I went out to Mudgee Motorfest Weekend for our day trip. This is a shot of the Burrundulla Winery. Elly is shooting the Nikon D3s. Moments before we both took the same image, me with the F70 film camera and Elly with the D3s digital camera. I will post a comparison of film vs digital for a few photos in a blog post soon.

Depth of field and composition can make or break an image. The image prior to this one had a much deeper depth of field and the effect was quite uninspiring compared to this image.

Don’t underestimate the potential of texture in your photography. This plant had a wonderful silver foliage and taken close up like this gives the effect of potential microscopic photography. You could be looking at leaves on a plant or cells in an organism. This is a full colour photograph too - the plant has an amazing silver colour to it.

This image was taken directly into the sun with a cheap Nikon 28-80 kit lens from the late 90’s. The star pattern resulting from shooting into the sun is fantastic and film has done an incredible job of resolving the dynamic range of shooting into the sun with a dark foreground. Here the sky is beautiful and blue and the green foliage of the trees has not been underexposed too badly and still has plenty of detail and colour.

If you used to shoot film and have migrated entirely to digital I encourage you to get back into film and give it a go. You may, like me, rediscover your passion for photography. Because of the proliferation of digital cameras these days you can get quality film cameras on eBay now for next to nothing. I will be purchasing some sub $100 1960’s and 1970’s film cameras to take on our Lap of Australia, and will post some of our film shots here soon.

 

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 in Articles & Photography | Tags: TravelAustraliaPhotographyFilm