I got my first four rolls of color film developed! I used thedarkroom.com for processing, I went with the enhanced scan option and I’m pretty happy with the results. The films I used are Kodak Gold 200, Fuji Fujicolor 200 and Fuji Superia X-TRA 400
I’ve been surprised with how slowly I go through film, unlike with digital I think about my shots much more critically before I take them and I only take one of each subject.
While my keeper rate has been higher with film I do find I miss many shots with moving subjects, I think I just have to be ok with that for now while I develop the skills to quickly find the framing and settings I want, I find I hesitate more with film before I snap a photo.
There certainly is something about the look of film, all these photos are almost exactly how I got them back from the lab, granted they do some processing for you. The biggest adjustment I did was on the image of the sand pathway below, the foreground was much too dark so I just boosted it up.
Film does give images a nice texture, if I take the same photo with my 6D it has a different feel to it, I’ll have to make a post with some examples when I get time.
Swap meets are a great place to find colorful things all arranged and setup for you to take photos.
Swap meets also have piles of stuff that can make an interesting shot, something you would not see normally.
Now that I have my first taste of color film I’m excited to shoot more, it is inspiring me to just pickup my camera and go for a walk.
Digital is of course still what I use 90% of the time and I don’t see that changing. When I’m not too concerned if I miss a shot and I want the focus film gives me on getting the composition, depth of field, and shutter speed right in my head then film really shines, film does not give me any crutches and when I get it right it delivers beautiful images.
Thanks for reading.