Recently I’ve been doing some location scouting. I’ve been using my iPhone to take pictures of places that I think could be interesting to shoot at because the camera will geotag my image. That way, I can look at an image and immediately pull up its location on Google maps so I can find it again.
I’ve also been carrying my A-1 with me on a regular basis, so when I went to bag and tag this location, I decided to grab a couple of shots. Came out pretty decent, considering I was using film which expired 5 years ago. I did a little tweaking in post, however. The original shot didn’t have the contrast I was hoping for.
Oh…I still haven’t learned my lesson about recording my settings. And unfortunately, I won’t be using the A-1 for a while. Developing costs money, and we’ve got a heavy couple of months ahead of us, financially speaking.
Let me start by saying, I know I’m behind over a week with my images. But it wasn’t due to laziness or neglect. I just didn’t want to end up out of sequence.
As I said on day 134, I started using my A-1 again. On this day, I shot with slide film for the first time. Once I got the slides back, I was in love. The color, the depth, the feel you get from slides…it cannot be compared. I shot a hodgepodge of things on the one roll, but I ended up choosing this spider because I felt that it provided the best representation of the results you get. As flat as a computer monitor can make an image look, slide images still have a unique three-dimensional feel to them. Unfortunately, I’ve become retarded due to the digital age and neglected to write down the settings I used for each shot, so I have no clue how I got them. I shall remember to do so in the future.
I have begun my search for a medium format camera as I want to continue my slide film shooting, but with better film.
I’m not quite sure why, but this picture really makes me think back to the days when I would stay up late in my room watching all the old black and white shows on Nick at Nite. It feels very “televisiony”, for lack of a better word. When I saw this statue sitting in the store window, I knew instantly that I wanted to capture it.
Day 136: “Everything looks worse in black and white.”
You may remember me mentioning Paul Simon’s Kodachrome in a previous post. As much as I love his music and that song in particular, I cannot agree with that one line.
Personally, I think black and white film can give images any feel you want; not just melancholy. I purposely chose this slightly blurred image from everything else I shot that day just because of how the overall image makes me feel when I look at it. I can’t really explain it…but I get a sensation that just makes me smile a little on the inside. And a lot on the outside.