So the other day, I finally did it. I whipped out a fresh roll of Fuji 400h film, loaded it into my little 35mm film camera….and went for a walk. There’s no time like the present, right? I had been wanting to practice film for the longest time, but with a new baby and lots to do, I had put it on hold.
Well I thought, no more. I have to do this, I WANT to do this! So I went to for a walk around my neighborhood capturing nature and I alsoI photographed my kiddos.
These are scans from my very first roll of pro film. Developed by a wonderful lab called Photovision. These are straight out of camera without any tweaking.
Waiting for your film to get developed is excruciatingly difficult, but the moment they come in, it’s all worth it. I kept wondering if I had botched them and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What if they were all bad? Well if they were, I still wouldn’t give up.
My goal is to practice, practice and practice some more. Why? I love the medium. I love the look of film. And it really makes you aware of your surroundings, your subject and how you will compose and capture the scene. No gratuitous shutter pressing here.
I definitely have a way to go, but for the first round, I am very happy with the results. Most of all, I’m glad I took the first step. It’s not always easy to get out of your comfort zone, but when you finally do, I think you open up to new possibilities!