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

DSLR time

At last, a DSLR. I found the Canon refurb store on eBay around 2005 and waited for an EOS 300D to show up. It was what I could afford at the time and I used existing glass. I was back in the world of through the lens and enjoying the benefits of selecting my glass. With far better resolution and a zoom to use I could start to explore my creativity again. When viewed closer to full size there are certainly issues with focus, particularly on the moving subjects, yet given the equipment I was using I like to think that I captured the moment as well as I could.

I've always enjoyed diversity in my photography and the images below are a fair representation of what I was shooting.

Early digital life

Taking a peek at my photographic journey.

I've always retained an interest in photography, yet there have been times when I've ebbed and flowed. Sometimes we allow life to get in the way of our interests and I certainly fell in to a dormant period. I've decided to revisit elements of my photographic journey, picking things up from the early digital days, although my history goes way back to an Olympus Trip and Pentax K1000.

My first experience of digital photography was around 1996 with the Apple QuickTake 150. I evaluated the camera for business use and was also able to use it to bring to life a car club newsletter I co-produced. I was sold on the idea, yet it would be years before I shifted to using digital as my daily format.

First digital steps

The Canon Powershot A300 all 3.2 megapixels of it became first real foray in to digital. I've included a few images made using the A300 that showcase the limitations of the gear as well as my desire to explore my creativity.

Looking at these shots now, the limitations of 3.2 MP are clear; artefacts, noise and a lack of sharpness. Having said that, I could still produce thoughtful images and these few shots are representative.