As I begin this post, 2018 looms large. A new year demands new and fresh ideas, but my new idea is actually an old one. I’m about to re-start using film.
It’s not a spur of the moment decision as I have been thinking of doing this for some time now. I found my old film camera, a Nikon EM, and the three rolls of Kodacolor (ISO 200), and two rolls of Kodak black and white (C41 processing) film I knew were put away in a cupboard when I turned to digital photography. That was back in 2006. The film has expired, but having been stored in a dark cool place, I’m sure it will be alright.
I remember some years ago, I was in a supermarket, and as I went through the check-out, on the counter, there was a small basket full of expired (just) Kodachrome film at a price too good to pass up. I bought the lot!
A couple of weeks later I was on holiday with my family. I shot every frame of those rolls of expired film, and there were no failures.
What do I expect to achieve by shooting film? Buying film, then having it processed, has never been cheap. And I think that is the way of it now. With digital, it is so easy to keep pushing the shutter, returning home with a dozen or more frames of the same subject, and selecting the best one. As I said, film is too expensive to do that!
I hope, by shooting film, it will make think more about the shot I am about to take and more about what I will achieve once I have pushed the shutter button.
Also, I must confess, I like the look and the colours of film once it has been printed.
I intend using Kodak film whenever I can. I have a loyalty to Kodak that goes back many years – my first full-time job was at Kodak.
My last major photo shoot using film was in 2005. That year my wife and I went overseas to Europe. We flew from Australia to London via Dubai, to London, then on to Dublin. In Dublin, we hired a car then drove around the north of Ireland to Galway. From there we drove across Ireland to Wexford, then catching the ferry to Fishguard in Wales.
We drove across Wales into England and spent a few days in London. From London, we caught the train to Paris where we spent a few pleasant days before returning to Australia.
Photo 1: Old City Gates, Drogheda, Ireland
Photo 2: Lough Neagh, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
Photo 3: Mute Swan, Lough Neagh, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
Photo 4: Mute Swans, Lough Neagh, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
All of the above photos were shot using my Nikon EM camera loaded with Kodacolor film.
I would be interested to hear your thoughts about shooting with film. Do you (or have you ever) use film? What is your favourite brand of film?
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