Man, my mind is so full of so many things I want to write about. I can stop thinking of moments in our lives that I must write down, I have a list, I will be making this a priority. Since I write for me, I am not going to feel bad if people choose to look here or if I post too much.
Anyway, I am so excited today, I mean really excited! It’s not about anything huge or big, but a successful personal accomplishment with a camera. For once, today’s post is about me. It’s so easy to write about my kids or my feelings about my kids, but I often bury myself. I am not doing that today!
A few weeks ago, I borrowed my stepdad’s Canon film SLR to test myself. I have been shooting in manual mode with my digital camera for almost a year, but if I make a mistake, I have immediate results and I can quickly fix and move on. I borrowed George’s camera, to put it on full manual to test my knowledge: to see if my brain actually knew the relationship between the f-stop number and shutterspeed. I also wanted my sloppy fingers to slow down, think, compose, and shoot. Not just sloppily grab the camera, shoot and pray that I got the moment. I am WAY past that point. I mean, shoot and pray is a dot in my photographic journey.
I got through a roll mid May with the INTENTION of taking it in to get developed. Yeah, right, I have so many good intentions sitting in a chair in my living room waiting to be mailed around the country and world. So along comes a Flickr challenge for May 19: Take a roll of film in a day and post the whole thing. Not knowing how my first roll went, I decided to do it anyway. Best case scenario: I have two rolls of good pictures, worst case, I wasted a total of $20 between the film and developing.
Today, a week later, I FINALLY remembered to not just take in my film but to also PICK it up! I am so proud! Here are a few photos from my manual only. While they are now digital files, these have NOT been digitally enhanced in anyway. I did not process these, so all processing decisions were made by the film machine at our Hy-Vee, as we don’t have a proper film developer in our small town.
So, while I have been shooting manually for some time now, I did not have instant gratification during this challenge. Also, I did not use my digital camera during these 10 days of shooting film. I am inspired, excited, and reminded why I was one of those people that never wanted a digital camera. I have spent time this afternoon trying to find a cheap camera on Ebay, I will be hunting through thrift stores this summer. I have caught the bug again. Except instead of finding digital evil, I just want exist in BOTH worlds. There’s a time and place for both if you ask me.