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Switching to Film for a few months...

Discussion in 'Photography' started by SiRMarlon, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Aug 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM
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    SiRMarlon

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    I've always wanted to do this...I've always wanted to shoot film because I never did. Well for my birthday not to long ago a very good friend of mine bought me a little something to get me going! :D

    A pretty slick Pentax K1000 old school film SLR! It's got a Tamron 24-200mm lens on it as well

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    This is a completely Manual camera...no Auto feature on this baby! It even has a built in light meter so you can check your exposure. I am going to strictly shoot black and white as I've always loved black and white film photography. I've got a few rolls of BW ISO400 film that I am going to play around with.

    But I have this idea in my head...I want to see if anyone else who wants to shoot film is interested in this. I am going to start something called "Project3SIX"

    The 3SIX signifies the amount of exposures each roll of film has...this project is really meant to push yourself as a photographer because unlike digital photography you only have 36 shots per film of roll. :D so you have to be a lot more selective and be really sure of your picture as oppose to just clicking away and selecting and editing your shot!

    I plan to start a blog on this and I hope to attract more people to this project. What I want is to have everyone share their work. For example my first Project3SIX task is going to be to take 36 shots the represent the car culture in Los Angeles. And the kicker is I only have 36 shots to tell that story! :) Anway...that is just a small piece of what I am thinking with this. I hope I've peaked some of your interest in this! If you are hit me up and we can discuss it!
     
  2. Aug 15, 2012 at 9:52 PM
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    Shooting film and especially shooting black and white film with a total manual SLR is a kick in the head. I wish I could find my old early 70's vintage Mamiya Sekor 500 35mm SLR. I am completely digital now with a Nikon D5100 digital SLR, it does things we could only dream about back in the 35mm days,
     
  3. Aug 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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    Well the point of this project is to actually get back to our photographic roots! Don't get me wrong! I fucken Love digital photography but it's really not the same! With film you really have to be cognizant of what you are doing. You have to REALLY be picky with your shots and you have to learn to setup.

    I WISH I could have started with Film as I strongly believe it would have made me a better photographer...I may be taking a step backwards but I don't mind at all. Going to film is going to push me to be better then what I am. It's going to get me to really start thinking out of the box! With digital all have to do is snap away and take a peek at the Screen to see what I've got...

    If I don't like it I re-shoot...the idea that I can't do that with film makes me nervous but at the same time it's exciting because I don't get to see the results right away. I don't know...maybe it's just ME but I really think everyone should put down the Memory cards and take a step back and pick up some manual skills! :D I for one am looking forward to this...:)
     
  4. Aug 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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    I've got a K-1000, that I got as a kid (35 yrs ago). It's still in perfect shape ans takes great pics, but I do need a battery for the light meter. How much is a roll of Fuji now days?
     
  5. Aug 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM
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    fast MF glass should be cheap, and you'd be able to push that film to its limits
     
  6. Aug 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM
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    Old film cameras are fun, but I find myself sticking with C41 films simply because I didn't have the dark room. This also led to rather flat colors, so I became bored with color really quick. Stuck with B&W, the Kodak stuff, 400 I think. Love it, so much fun. I collected quite a few cameras, Canon AE-1, Minolta SRT-201, Canonet QL17 and SOOO MUCH GLASS for them. Estate sales in cape cod did me well for all that gear. I love the little AE-1 the most. Just point and shoot! :)

    Now lets see some photos! I found it was very hard to take crap photos with B&W film. Always came out awesome. so I can't wait to see what you produce!
     
  7. Aug 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM
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    I always found 400 to be too grainy, but being 12/13 y/o and no internet, I wasn't exposed to methods of "pushing" or slowing the film during processing.

    My preferred in those days was 125. AWESOME outdoor film, very fast, which provided for a lot of flexibility balancing exposure against the stop to play with depth of field and motion blur....


    Ya... I miss it. I've been "point and shoot" digital for 15 years, and "point and shoot" film for a while before that. Had a nice Canon (pre-Rebel) SLR that I played with in the late 80s and took a shitload of great airshow shots.
     
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    I loved the grain personally.
     
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    It certainly has it's applications, and a 400 B&W is absolutely smoother than a 400 color.
    Just as Polycontrast... everything has it's place.

    One of the best series of photos I've ever taken was of comet Hale-Boppe.
    I bracketed 20 to 45 second exposures running Fuji 1600.

    The best shot, at the time I took it, I thought was ruined.
    It was just over 30 seconds, and just as I was getting ready to close the shutter, a car rolled up a driveway nearby and the headlights swept my setup area.

    It turned out wonderfully because the lights provided a very nice illumination to the Joshua Trees in the foreground without washing out the sky.


    I need to locate those negatives and make some more prints.
     
  10. Aug 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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    I used to love doing "bulb" shots, of cars' head/tail lights, lightning and stars and the such. All my hard pictures are just in a big ass box, with no rhyme nor reason, most are at least in the pouches with there negs, the rest just piled in. I need to dig through it.
     
  11. Aug 20, 2012 at 10:41 PM
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    I've got some film in...I got some Kodak B&W ISO400...I want to roll through this and make sure the camera is working fine before I buy some real good film. As soon as I get through this roll and get the pictures developed I will post them up! :D
     
  12. Aug 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM
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    I worked in a large photo lab many moons ago, pushed, pulled, dodged, burned, gotta learn to walk before you can run, B&W teaches you the essentials, composure and light, 400 was always a little too grainy for my tastes, Kodak produced a line called Ektar that was badass, I used their 125 for everything including night photography. Wanna learn real photography? Go get a view camera, THAT'S real photography!
     
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    I've got a K1000 as well and I've been wanting to shoot more film as well
     
  14. Aug 21, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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    Well for the time being I am going to have to count on a lab to process my work as I don't have anywhere to setup for developing my own film, YET! :D
     
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    I swear that camera looks a lot like my cannon. Where do you even get film developed? I might wanna use mine.
     
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    i got my start in film back in 1996 as a hobby, went full time pro and got signed by an agency in 2002, and went digital in 2004... i am sooooooooo glad i started with film as it really made me think and eventually, estimating lighting and camera settings became second nature... it taught me to develop my style and composition preferences on the camera and not in post production...

    even with the convenience of digital, i shoot the same way i did with film and compose completely in camera and use manual settings about 99% of the time...

    i shot mostly E-6 in both 120 and 35mm, which reminds me, i have a couple boxes of slides from my agency to scan and upload...

    it's great that you are taking it back old school, Marlon...
     
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    any Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Costco, Rite Aid, and small mom and pop shops still have machines to process film...
     
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    Yeah but they are probably scratch-o-matics, I would try to find a lab that still runs dip-and-dunk machines.

    For those non-pros that don't have a clue what I'm talking about, there are two types of film processing machines, RT (Roller Transport), and Dip and Dunks, any pro would rather have his film processed in a dip and dunk rather than dragged through an RT, much less chance of damage to the film.
     
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    Hey Mike , I saw you working the girls down at Fort MacArthur / Pt Fermin today down in the old pistol range. I stopped to say hello but you looked like you were in the groove there. I live 1 block from there, but you were gone when I went back by. Looks like you have a good time at work!
     
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    shoulda stopped by the first time... i was in a zone though... i was trying to make sure we got the samples shot within 3 hours...

    im normally always on the lookout for other trucks, but i must have really been in work mode not to see you cruise into the lot...
     
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