Exploring film

It’s been instructional and entertaining. I’ll continue to shoot film as part of my creative growth.

My photogrsaphic heritage includes shooting film. My first ever 35mm camera was an Olympus Trip and I loved that camera. Even though I was the guy that retained my turntable and vinyl albums rather than my old film cameras, the resurgence of ‘old school analogue' photography has meant that I have the chance to revisit my past. The Trip has a cult following and I can understand why; form and function come together in a package that’s simple to use and can produce great results.

Having found a 40 year old example in wonderful condition, I wanted to shoot a test roll to ensure the camera worked as good as it looked. To keep things simple I shot a black and white set of local shop fronts, had the roll developed, then scanned the negatives myself. These shots are representative of that first roll (which was also an expired film stock). I did a little tidying up in Luminar

Shooting film forces one to be very intentional about the subject and framing. Even though in this instance it wasn’t a case of one chance to nail the shot, being reminded that that may be the case really hightens the concentration. I’ve never been a proponent of shoot as many frames as possible, I prefer to be selective and this approach serves me well.

The Trip will be a fun camera as it's very much 'point and click'. My commitment to film has grown and I've recently bought another 40 year old Olympus - the fabled OM-1. More on that later

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