Film – I Love You!!
Well the good news for me is that I’m slowly getting back to some sort of photographic routine, the bad news for you is that I’ve spent an hour this morning in the archive…
I’ve put together a post of random film images, nothing groundbreaking or amazing, just images that made me smile and in some cases laugh! or images that just gave me that warm fuzzy feeling!! I guess they all reminded me in some way of why I love film so much.
I won’t list the cameras and lenses these shots were taken with as I just don’t recall that information for every shot, in any case it’s not important. What I do know is it’s a mixture of 35mm and Medium Fortmat shots from films such as – Portra 400, Fuji Astia 100F, Ilford HP5+400, Kodak Ektacolour, AGFA Vista 200, Ektar 100 and Fuji Neopan 400.
This made me smile and laugh! The lady in this shot was waiting patiently for her partner to take a her photograph, he continued to mess about with the settings on the back of his DSLR, I held up my M6, she did a fun pose and I was gone, he didn’t even look up……
I made a promise some time ago to give more details on my particular film scanning workflow, this isn’t forgotten.
The truth is, as things currently stand I am in fact unable to settle on a specific workflow and certainly I’ve come to realise it will never be quite that simple. Furthermore, because I have three good scanners, several pieces of scanning software and multiple film types in use there are many, many variables. It will come though!! I’d also like to take this opportunity once more to urge others to share their own workflow, I’ll happily host it here, along with full credits, sample images etc.
I’m not generally one for looking back through my images, certainly I never ever reprocess an image. It has to be said not all of these are old images but it was surprisingly theraputic looking back at the few from years ago. I’m reminded that I shoot film because I love film, it’s really that simple.
Just a final note for any of you film shooters in Australasia, a friend of mine has launched an exciting new initiative in a bid to make some of the more popular films available at prices similar to those is the US, you can find all the details at the aptly named www.ffs.org/ website.
I know for a fact that a lot of hard work has gone in to the Film For Sale website in a very short space of time, please take time to check it out and more importantly to support it.
There will inevitably be those who believe this is to the detriment of retailers who still sell film, I know here in NZ there are some outlets that sell a very limited range of films, whilst I obviously applaud this, one can’t help but see it as little more than a token gesture as the prices are in many cases almost double that of the online retailers. The notion of reducing margins with a view to increasing sales volumes appears to be an alien one in these parts….
All the best, Jason.