I have to say, now that I’m back shooting film, large format film, I love it. It’s a different process than digital as I find myself working harder on my composition. Since I usually only take two photos at a time, I really want them to count. Frankly, I have been photographing some of the old spots that I have visited, but these places mean more.
Some might say lugging around a 40 pound backpack is insane. However, all of the photos that I have produced with this method mean much more and are hand crafted. After all I have to load the film, scout the location, set up the camera, meter the light, focus the camera, load the film holder, take the photo, break everything back down, come home and develop the film, scan the negative, clean up the negative and finally make a print. This is a commitment to the craft and there is lots of room for error. However, when it all works together and I’m holding a print that I made from start to finish on equipment that is much older than I am, well, it’s a great feeling.
Here is a short video that I did while I was visiting Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida. I hiked back into the woods behind the canopy walk where I had taken this photo before with my digital camera. I always liked this location so I wanted to capture it with the film camera. As you will see, it gives a different perspective and I was not alone.
Until next time…
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