My First Roll of Film

My First Roll of Film

If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve probably seen that I recently started shooting film! Now some of you might be asking... what the heck are you talking about? Which, honestly, is a lot of people’s reaction! When I say film, I mean film, like “old school”, develop in a dark room film- you know that thing we had before the digital age! Since I grew up at the tail end of film (80s baby), my previous experience with film was usually just a cheap disposable camera that I would take to CVS to get developed- remember those days? In high school we had a dark room in our newspaper classroom but it was almost an antique by the time I got there and we used digital at the time I was first learning about photography. In my late teens I found film again in the popular lomography scene which is basically just a plastic camera with a cheap lens, medium format film and then you go from there… the appeal was for the effect the cheap camera would give to film. It would create light leaks and blur and as many exposures on one frame as wanted since you wound it yourself. It was awesome! I took it with me on my first trip to Europe and I still have the photos. But after that short lived fascination, it’s been a decade since I’ve touched film! So here I am, ready to start again with this medium. I am beyond in love with film. Every film photographer I follow inspires me and it’s what has pushed me to make the investment in film. I’ll write another post on what kind of camera and film I’m using (not your standard 35mm) and why I chose to go down this path but for now just know- this is a learning process and I’m beyond excited to share it with you all!

The images below were taken in November in Denver of the gorgeous Miranda Hercule, a bride of mine who was married in October. She was gracious enough to put on her gorgeous Galia Lahav wedding dress again, stand in this field in 40 degree weather with wind and let me push the button for the first time on my new camera! Some of the frames came out, some didn’t. There are only 15 frames on each roll of film. Below are the “good” ones and a few that didn’t come out but overall I am so happy and in love with these photos! I couldn’t be more pleased to see these results after having my camera for less than 2 days, reading the manual, doing my research and then jumping right in!

Thank you Miranda for being so gorgeous and so patient! And thank you to Goodman Film Lab for developing my film and helping me learn!

Some of these photos didn't come out “perfect”- but that’s part of the learning process and part of the fun of film too. It’s going to take me time to learn my camera (all manual everything, including focus) and to learn how the film responds to different light. I’m so excited!!

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Frames that did not come out:

Sometime’s it’s going happen! Not every frame on a roll will come out. Often about 20% of a roll won’t be “right”, whether it’s exposure or focus issues or sometimes a camera malfunction, it happens! These two frames were 2 of the 4 that did not “come out” on this roll. I have to say though, for being my first time shooting, I’m pretty happy to have gotten as many “good” frames as I did! I half expected to screw up the entire roll!

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Above: I actually really like this accidental double exposure. I did not plan this one (the previous one above I did)… and we haven’t quite figured out why it happened, though I think it’s not winding my film far enough at the start. I still think it’s beautiful!

Below: Words can’t say how bummed I am that I messed up the focus on this frame!!! For how proud I am of my first roll of film, this photo pains my heart not to see it in clarity. I mean look at how beautiful it would have been!! Miranda looks stunning and that light and texture of the grass…. ugh be still my heart! I’ll still gaze at it lovingly and pretend I can see it in focus!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post! This subject is near and dear to my heart right now as I am learning something new and so special to me! Stay tuned for another post with more of this beautiful lady (and her husband!) and more about why I’m choosing to learn film!

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