In An Instant

When I look back at all of the photos and memories that I created in 2013, it’s a little overwhelming. At moments I think I could have done more, and at other times I feel like what I have done was just enough (I suppose that’s something I’ll always have to contend with). What I am most proud of when looking through my photos, are the memories that I have thanks to these photos.

Recently, I have gotten into Polaroid photography (It was only a matter of time). It’s expensive, but there is a nostalgia that only a Polaroid photo can create, even if I wasn’t born when the original Polaroids were invented, I can still appreciate what they’ve done for the world of photography. So here are some Polaroid photos that I took using Impossible Project film and the SX-70 and Polaroid Sun 600 LMS. I am looking forward to making more memories, and hopefully living just a little more on the adventurous side than I did in 2013.

The Impressive Pentax p3n

I was given the Pentax p3n as a gift from a friend. I love my Minolta X700, so it was going to take a lot of convincing for me to let another SLR into my life. I decided to shoot one roll with it, just one roll to see how the photos turned out. I was blown away by the crisp clear results that this camera produces.

This camera has a few cool features. First of all you don’t have to set the ISO or ASA speed, it does that for you based on your film cartridges coding. There is also a very accurate automatic setting on the lens and dial, if you decide to use it, rest assured the camera is doing most all of the work for you.

The best way to test a new camera is to just take it somewhere, anywhere, and take a lot of photos of different subjects and content so that you can get a good idea of the kinds of photos that it takes. For example, food, your setting, people, etc. I waited in anticipation to see the photos that this seemingly standard SLR camera took.

As you can see from the photos, this camera is fantastic! I was just shocked by how simple it was to use and how professional the results are. This is a cheap and affordable SLR by most standards if you can get one secondhand. I highly recommend this SLR for anyone interested in taking crisp clear photos with simplicity in using the camera itself.

New Life To Old Moments

One of my favorite things about film photography is how it has lasted over the years. One generation can pass the tradition to another. Unfortunately, so many memories are lost when a person shoots a roll of film and never has it developed. On my film photography journey I have encountered a few opportunities to uncover some of those lost and forgotten film memories from the past.

A family member of mine recently found a few rolls of 110mm film in the attic of my Great Great Grandmother. They were in pretty rough condition and I was more than certain that dust had made its way down into the tiny compartments on the 110mm film canisters, but I decided to send them off for development anyway. After all, if any of the photos turned out at all then it would’ve been worth it!

Luckily, 90 photos were taken and developed! I was shocked at the quality, they still looked pretty great, especially considering their age and condition. Even though I wasn’t there to experience those moments, I knew I was viewing some pretty special photos.

Even though I don’t know the people in lots of those photos, it’s cool to see what my relatives say so many years ago. If you ever find old rolls of exposed film, don’t hesitate, have them developed! 

I Need Contax T2

Apparently when you use an old expired roll of Kodak Gold 200 ISO film, the results are nothing short of amazing. We go through life and experience some pretty amazing things, but we are so accustom to everyday life that we don’t realize just how special simple moments are. I feel like the Contax T2 does a pretty nice, even with very expired film, in capturing those seemingly average moments and making them special.

I don’t think analogue photography is an option, I think it’s pretty much the only true option if we want to preserve moments the way they were meant to be remembered.

Low Light Fuji Natura Classica

Everyone is probably tired of hearing about how much I love my Fuji Natura Classica, but the proof is in the photos! This camera talks some pretty good talk about how swift it is in low light situations, but can it really live up to the hype that everyone gives it? Yes my friend, it can.

The camera not only feels good when you are holding it, but the flash pops right up with the slight press of a button. It’s a camera that knows what it’s doing. On a very recent trip that I took to a bed and breakfast, the Fuji Natura Classica proved very useful. As evening approached, the camera waited in silence for the perfect opportunities to snap photos.

Here’s the crazy part, I wasn’t really at those locations, not really. We were driving by and I was able to get shots of those things from the car (window rolled down). The cameras brilliantly made flash makes for the perfect shot almost every time! When I got back to the B&B, I wanted to get a few shots, but it was night time by then. So…I did it anyway.

I think a few of those were taken with the flash off, but the camera gives them a really nice soft look. I am pleased with the Natura Classica, very pleased! It’s a camera that earns the respect that it is given.