|Historic Pierce Point Ranch: soft tones and subtle colors |
handled well by the Kodak Ektar 100 film.
A couple of months ago, I posted a piece on rediscovering my vintage 1980 Canon A-1 film camera. I knew that it worked, or at least that the film advance worked, the shutter released and the meter was responsive. That's about all I knew after not using the camera for 20 or so years.
I did a little cleanup inside and out, bought a new 6-volt battery and a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film, and went shooting. It took me at least two months to complete the 36 exposures on this one roll of film, which would be zipped off in a few minutes of shooting wildlife with a digital SLR. One doesn't snap away so quickly when each frame costs money - and when there's no motor drive.
|Midday Southern California light|
brings saturated skies and warm
tones of the official bellringer at
Mission San Juan Capistrano.
I have not shot film in close to 15 years. I had to retrain myself to shoot with film, as it really is a different process. You know that you are setting up one shot, and that there's no way you can check it until it comes back from the lab. It requires a more deliberate, thoughtful approach. Focus is manual, and you need to understand how the light meter is reading the scene. You can't bump the ISO to shoot a low-light image, so you work with what you have in camera. And I didn't want to be doing a lot of post-processing as that would defeat the value of film in capturing the moment as it truly was.
I have to say that I was pleased with my results. Apparently, the muscle memory was still intact and I mostly managed to properly frame, focus and expose the film. There's also a pleasing visceral sensation in handling the smaller, lighter and purely mechancial machine.
|High contrast subjects were more challenging for the color film.|
It was a fun experiment, and now that I know the camera is functional, I'll try some different films and subjects and see what develops (pun intended). Meanwhile, here's some images from roll #1.