Thoughts // Analog moments in a digital world

I finally got my rolls of film developed. It is quite a feeling–the anxiety, anticipation and excitement that I go through from the time I walk into the store  to the point I get the processed packet back. The excitement either heightens or comes crashing down when I finally get to see the prints. More often than not, I do find a few shots that make up for the majority of washed out or dark ones and get me motivated to load my camera yet again.

Have I ever told you why I love film photography? I actually love the idea of discovery and being surprised. Film photography lends itself to such indulgences. When I shoot with a film camera its about capturing the moment as I experience it–it isn’t always impeccable but even the blurry/bad pictures are dear to me because it brings back with it the moment (in all its vividness) just as I experienced it.

I also absolutely love the fact that you cannot instantly see your pictures when you shoot with film . It makes me enjoy the moment and not take a million retakes just to get the right shot. While I think that digital technology allows one to learn faster and perfect the shot, it also brings with it a million annoyances–you stop being in the moment or enjoying with the people around you because of the obsession that is invariable when you can see that you can do much better than that photo you took 30 seconds ago.

That said, I am considering buying myself a DSLR (recommendations welcome) for convenience. It is not always practical to carry rolls of film with me or find a store that does a tolerable job at processing the roll when you want it. I have had a few bad experiences where the person didn’t know how to process half-frames and all images came out cropped! It feels like a colossal waste of effort and causes me a lot of grief when that happens. I also think, it will be good for me to better understand the lighting and composition using the digital technology and transfer it to analog–the other way around way of learning if you will. It will save me a lot of money too, ha!

On that note–recently, I went with my sister’s husband on little photography walk to downtown Livermore. He shot using his professional DSLR while I  wandered with my Diana Mini and my niece. Before I even realised it, my roll got over and we had walked a couple of miles and were ready to head back. When the moment of truth came, my pictures were a huge disappointment! The lighting turned out bad. I had shot the photos with a ISO 400 LomoChrome  film on a bright day with the right camera setting but most of the shots came out dark! I got upset, shut the pictures out of my mind and went about with my every day life until a few days ago when I looked at them again. This time around, I was much calmer and ready for some self constructive criticism. The photos immediately brought memories of my fun time spent with my  brother-in-law and niece’s antiques. It also brought back with it details of how I shot a certain scene or object and what was going on in my head and how I pictured it. So in all, it was a good way to reflect on my own photography and on the way, I even found a bunch of reasonable pictures which cleaned up quite well with a bit of photo-shopping.

Sharing here the pictures for your viewing pleasure and my growing love of analog with a smattering of  digital in my life.  x a

A walk on First Street, Livermore Downtown
This is where it started. First Street, Livermore Downtown
Stop & Walk
Stop & Walk
Typography Art on Window
Typography Art on Window
Chinese Lanterns.
Chinese Lanterns.
Locked in Flowers
Locked in Flowers
A Blur of a View
A Blur of a View
Art everywhere
Art everywhere

Trees. Trees and more Trees.

The Street
The Street
streetcorner
There is always something around the corner
A giant purple tree
A giant purple tree
Light up
Light up
flyers
of flyers and events

 

The Face that caught my attention.

2 Comments

  1. I feel the same way about using film – it is much more in the moment, and every picture I take becomes a treasured memory because I spend more time on perfecting one shot, not taking 20 so-so pictures. I went from using a cheap-ish DSLR to film this year, and I’m finding it difficult and disappointing to take up the digital now. I am never satisfied and there are always too many settings I could play with – but not enough time!

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    1. It’s true. Which film camera do you use? I recently got myself a Pentax ZX7 and am quite happy with the results–although Diana Mini has a more fun quality to it.

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