Here are a few images from my first roll of Kodak Portra 400 film. I am been leaning towards shooting film for sometime, but being self taught I felt more secure shooting digital. I’ve discovered some of my fears were unfounded. I’ve also learned that this new medium is a lot different, not better or worse, then digital. In fact I really enjoy shooting film, and I enjoy digital, so I think that I will end up shooting both.
I over exposed a bit on these, I’m still getting use to the metering of my camera. It’s an old Canon AE-1, not a AE-1 Program, but older. I used a 50mm f/1.8 lens.
I am reading about how important it is to have a lab that you can work with. I am sending rolls out to a few local ones to compare the differences. In time I will develop my own film, but for now I will learn who is better to use. The next step is slide film for studio portraits and a medium format film camera. I feel that the 35mm size simply does not do justice to the format, in regards to portrait photography that is. But 35mm has a very powerful feel in other areas of photography like street photography, candid work, things like that. The photojournalistic feel that comes with it is great.
Portra is probably not the best choice of film for a lot of the subjects I shot with this roll, but the muted colors definite have a feel I enjoy. For the fair shot, I probably would have gone with a different film for color saturation, but that is part of the fun of the process is discovering what works for you.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen a lot of his work. But he’s one of those people who manage to hear and learn about over time.
And I do know of his work. I know about the Scream movies. I know about the Nightmare on Elm Street series. I even saw some of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, one of the Elm Street films he actually directed himself, and even though it was the end, the memory of Freddy Krueger’s tongue grabbing that kid will forever unsettle me.
The man created Freddy Krueger, one of the most popular horror film icons. The first Elm Street movie helped Johnny Depp get his start in the film industry.
He contributed so much to the industry, and managed to create enough good horror films that you could probably have a Wes Craven film marathon on both Devil’s Night and Halloween.
Even though he was 76, it seems unfair that the mind that created so much was brought to an end by brain cancer.
But like Freddy Krueger himself, his legacy of terror will live on.
Rest In Peace, Wes Craven. I hope you can still hear the praise for your work wherever you may go.