I suppose I should explain why I’m shooting with film rather than digital before I go much further with the blog. For the last 6 years of my working life ( I retired a year ago) I was a professional photographer shooting mainly weddings and portraits (people and their pets). I did this with a high end digital DSLR, a Canon 5d, and an assortment of lens and other equipment. Film was not an issue. The cost benefits of not having to buy and develop film were enough to make the decision clear let alone the fact that you could immediately see the shot on the back of the camera, a real boon especially at weddings to make sure I had the shot.
When I retired I decided I no longer wanted to carry around the great weight of a large DSLR and all the associated lens so started to look at alternative digital systems such as micro four thirds. A great little system I thought and I started to consider which camera I would purchase and every time I had more of less made up my mind a new model was brought out. This started me thinking about the fast obsolescence of digital and I started to think about film cameras and what they could offer. I did in fact have my Bronica system stored in the back of a cupboard and decided to dust it off and see how I felt using it.
Speed was not an issue now I was only shooting for my own benefit and I could take the time I wanted for the shot.
At the same time I splashed out and bought a 35mm camera, an old Russian Zorki for the grand sum of £25 which was very like the old Leicas to look at, if not in feel and operation. After a little use and a couple of rolls back from processing I really fell in love with not only the cameras but the look of the results, definitely a different “feel” to digital.
So I then moved on to processing by own B & W films and then on to colour films too.
I have a scanner hence the ability to show the results here but am also printing the negatives out in a wet darkroom although I am still struggling to get the quality I want there. All in all though a great voyage of discovery and something I would recommend to anyone who really wants to “feel” their photography.
I’ll go into more details about the various aspects in future posts.
Here’s what the Zorki and Bronica results look like: