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I Love Film! – Nature & Portraits

Once or twice a year I blog some film images.  I only shoot 1-3 rolls of film a year, as it is a hobby, but whenever I do I am thoroughly rewarded.  Enjoy!

NOTES:

  • These images were captured on a Nikon FM2, on either Agfa Ultra 100 negative film, or Velvia 50 slide film.  I use a Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AIS and 50mm f/1.8 AIS, as well as (sometimes) a Nikon 85mm f/1.8, or f/1.4, AND recently I was given a WONDERFUL manual macro lens, a hard-to-find Tamron 90mm f/2.5…
  • All of this gear can be had for less than $500, not counting the Nikon 85’s which are not manual focus lenses…  I get all my film / processing from Pro Photo Connection, in Irvine.  Film + Processing + low-res disc totals approx. $20 per roll of 36 images, when you’re using professional grade film and a professional lab.  So you gotta make each shot count!
  • Agfa went out of business many years ago, in 2006 or something, and I hoarded a case of it in my parents fridge.  I’m down to my last two rolls now, so I really want to make them count.  Anybody in the mood to shoot some film, whether they be portraits or nature photos, let me know!  I’d love company…  (and you’re welcome to try out any of my lenses, if you shoot Nikon!)
  • All the images were processed slightly in Bridge CS3 for contrast or curves, and that’s it.  ZERO color adjustments.  That’s what I like about film-  the colors aren’t digital-perfect, and yet that’s what gives each film, each shot, it’s character.  There’s just something about it that makes me keep shooting.  (I also have a passion for old cameras with their metal construction, their dials and switches, and the buttery smooth manual focus rings.  Any photographer who has ONLY ever felt what manual focus is like on an AF lens, you’re missing out in life.  No AF lens will ever match the feel of a MF focus ring…  :-)

Take care,
=Matt=







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February 27, 2010 - 12:02 AM Katie - Just beautiful, Matt! I really do miss film. I say we shoot some Ilford 100 and go to the darkroom at IFAC and see what happens!

February 27, 2010 - 12:16 AM Michael Fletcher - These are simply stunning, Matt! It makes me wish I still had my Nikon F3-HP.

February 27, 2010 - 6:04 AM Bet Rank - These are beautiful. I cut my teeth (my Dad says quite literally) on my Dad's Minolta Hi-Matic 7 and his Yashica Mat-LM. I miss those cameras.

February 27, 2010 - 6:56 AM Nicole - These are FANTASTIC! I love the ones with the red flowers :)

February 27, 2010 - 7:22 AM Eric Farewell - Number 2, 7, and 13... SO epic. Dude, I miss film. (and you)

February 27, 2010 - 9:11 AM Mary Hurlbut - film and sunsets are the only way to go

February 28, 2010 - 3:58 PM Anna - awesome.. so you are down to 2 rolls.. what are you going to do after that??? I love that flower shot (you know I'm slightly biased).. I love the texture and detail captured that shows it's crinkles.. well done, as usual Matt.. one day I hope to shoot with you.

March 1, 2010 - 1:44 AM Jesse - great photos matt! i really want to get started in film, but i don't know where to start! or better yet, i can't make up my mind...

March 1, 2010 - 11:14 AM cindee bae - oh wow. Love, love the 6th pic, gorgeous colors!!!

March 10, 2010 - 7:26 AM anastasia - i think i'm going to start looking for a film camera that has decent features (at least a flash and a zoom). i stopped shooting in film, but i think it'll be fun to see what i can do with it now since it's been a long, long time.

March 14, 2010 - 1:10 AM Matthew Saville - Actually, I went the opposite route- I went and bought a Nikon FM2 from 1982, a camera with almost no electronic parts, it operates completely mechanically, and I only have three lenses total that actually work with it, all manual focus primes from years ago. But, it's a ton of fun to shoot like that. It's a challenge. And I like the feel of all the mechanical parts, it's just a pleasure to work with. Of course I sure wouldn't mind owning a Nikon F6! Or if you want autofocus and stuff in a film camera, check out the Nikon N80 or the Canon EOS 3. Great cameras, and they're full-frame! Imagine that! Oh and my FM2 has a HUGE viewfinder, even compared to today's high-end DSLR's. You just have to see it to believe it, it's a wonderful thing... :-) =Matt=

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