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falling in love with film

November 24, 2011

In August I became the proud owner of a Pentax k1000. I had been searching for one for a while and when I came across it, it was love at first sight.

Over the last few months I’ve learned that it’s the whole experience not just the final result of the image that makes one fall in love with film.

There are many lessons to be learned once you delve into the world of film but the most important is the art of patience.

Patience in composing the shot & patience in waiting to be surprised by the pictures.

And surprised is exactly what I was when I finally got my pictures back from the lab after having forgot what I had shot in the first place.

I am in love with this camera. The sound of the shutter is music to my ears and the way the pictures come out with their very own layer of dreaminess sprinkled on top without having to use Photoshop is magic.

I can see we have a long love affair ahead of us and I  already know that it is making me a  better photographer each day we spend together.

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

~Aaron Siskind

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  1. December 1, 2011 15:53

    Hmmm . . . I’m the opposite. I nearly stopped shooting pictures because of the frustration of dealing with labs. The pictures seldom came out the way I shot them. I had one lab where humans actually looked at the pictures and tweaked them, but the disadvantage is they were not there to see what I was trying to capture.

    The introduction of Nikon’s D100 (then nearly $2K) both saved and reignited my passion for photography.

    However, there are certain aspects of photography that are served well by film, and if one is discovering that for the first time I can see the appeal. It also forces one to pay attention to the craft itself.

    Regardless, glad you are getting enjoyment out of it.

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