fun with film // traveling photographer

After a few years of stock pilling rolls of film shot on an old plastic Brownie equipped with only a view finder and a button to take the photo, as well as a more pro camera, a Mamiya 645AFD, we finally bit the bullet and developed most of it this month! There were some surprises, as well as some disappointments, but all in all film is just FUN! When we got our scans back we all sat together as a family, past the kids bedtimes, and looked at all the photos. Even though it was on my computer screen, there was something different and extra special about it. Film is kind of amazing like that. We are so used to instant gratification these days, that having to wait and wait, and then like us, wait so long that we forget what we shot, that it brings the element of surprise back. And with that surprise, comes joy, and memories, and also, for us at least, confusion about who shot what, and "where in the world was that taken". But there's the "OOOH, and AAHH" moments that we seem to be missing in this digital era. My husband and I are re-learning film, to put it lightly. We were brought up super old school with back and white film, developing our own film, making our own cameras, mixing our own chemicals, and experimenting in the darkroom. But after that, it was pretty much digital. So color film is sort of new to us. And it's a new playing ground today, with multiple choices for film labs that you mail your film to, and choices on what types of scanners to use, and types of film to use, and should we push this roll and not that roll to see what that looks like? Most of this is probably jibberish to many of you, but these are the things that we are figuring out and learning. And it's oh so fun! At least for nerds like me and my beau ;) So, here are a few photos that we just got back. I have done nothing to them in post. I may touch them up later, but I'm totally into them as they are right now. They are just imperfectly perfect. Which is where my love of photography began - the beauty of imperfection. I'm posting the brownie images first and then the photos that I took with the Mamiya after. Apparently film cameras in our house only come out when we are on vacation, so you've been warned, there are lots of beach photos with very serious children. 

Technical details: Most of the film shot here is Kodak Ektar with the exception of a Portra 400 used for one of the Brownie shoots. We used Indie Film Lab for our developing and scanning. 

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