Film - 10 years later
27 Jul 2009
After 20 years of voraciously shooting film - 35mm., Polaroid, 2 1/4, 126 (Instamatic), slides, negatives and black-and-white - I was an early convert to digital photography in the mid 90's. I shot both for a while, but when 5 megapixel cameras became available I stopped using film altogether.
Last month I traveled to Korea, on a tour I knew would take me off the beaten path -places where I might not be able to recharge my camera batteries or offload my memory cards. I was well stocked on both counts, but as an extra precaution I decided to take along a couple of single use Kodak black-and white film cameras.
As it turns out they were never needed, and I came back having taken just a few shots for the heck of it. But I wondered what the experience of shooting film again, after 10 years of being all digital, might be like.
These images were shot yesterday on a beach trail in Half Moon Bay, California. $9.99 for 1-hour development and scanning by Wolf Camera. One unexpected and interesting tidbit: In some frames these cheap scans can have slight differences of color associated with different tones. By pushing the saturation a bit you get an effect that resembles what might be achieved with selenium toning. I did that in images #4 and #5.
I still have one camera left.
The two most recent images are from the second camera. I handed this one for development and scanning to a Walgreen's store - I was right near it, didn't want to drive to Wolf (there are very few stores left in the Bay Area since their bankruptcy) and figured the quality would be similar. WRONG! The Walgreen's scans are clearly inferior to those from Wolf. But they do have an interesting color cast. So far I've found just two usable frames. I hope you enjoy them!