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Capturing Manly in Film

So, I wanted to join the shooting film club for quite some time. Oh yeah, the supposed-to-be-dead-by-now medium - film I'm talking about. Why the hell do I want to shoot film? Simply because I have never done that before, curiosity. You don't need to go to Mars to express that.

As I started the photography in 2009 and Canon DSLR was the first proper camera I ever owned, which is still very much in action actually, you would know my lack of experience with film medium - zero.

Meanwhile I have been sniffing around film photography, mainly from the works of other film shooters I follow on the Internet and loving them so much. The tone and the texture you get from film is just way too tasteful to ignore. I have been using VSCO film preset to imitate film tone in my digital images, but it just never the same. I still love the preset and it's brilliant without any doubts, but again - never.the.same.

Hence, I had no other choice left but equipping myself with a film camera I want and I actually did. After the lengthy explanation of the different characteristics of film camera compare to the digital ones to my wife, who didn't really care much except for the fact that it is an 'another' camera that I'm about to buy on top of the ones I already have. Interestingly, the deal maker, not a breaker, was the price tag on film cameras nowadays. They are very much affordable although there is a catch :)

In the end I bought Olympus OM10 body and 50mm f/1.4 Zuiko lens with less than AUD$200 on eBay including deliveries, especially the lens was shipped from Japan. Briefly this camera operates in AV equivalent shooting mode, in other words you choose the aperture and the camera picks the shutter speed for you, which is the mode I use 95% when I shoot my digital cameras, so no problem for me using this one :)

On top of that I bought a pair of batteries (yes it uses batteries you can not charge, duh~) and 2 rolls of Ilford XP2 400 B&W films as it seems to be the easiest and cheapest film to develop from most of local camera stores. I thought it would be good to practice first before I spend more money on various B&W films and processing costs. Although I have absolutely no complaints on the film, great images you get.

Now, this is the very first film series I shot in Manly. Enjoy.

Swimming in the light
Swimming in the light
Boy
Boy
Artistic Horns
Artistic Horns
Garden in my back
Garden in my back
Proof of Modernity
Proof of Modernity
Blonde mom and dancing daughter
Blonde mom and dancing daughter
Think before you jump
Think before you jump
Sunshine on land down under
Sunshine on land down under
Keeping the beach safe
Keeping the beach safe
Manly Dog
Manly Dog

All the image were taken with Olympus OM10 with Ilford XP2 400.

Delightfully I only had to do really minimal adjustment on JPEGs scanned from the camera lab. Tiny bit of exposure and highlights maybe, compare to the amount of work I usually do on RAW files from my digital cameras, it was nothing and I loved that.

To be perfectly honest I loved so much that I can see myself shooting quite many films rolls later on. And this is the catch, it's so tasteful and lovely, so you ended up spending more of your resources into it, physically and financially.

Now if you ask me how it feel like shooting film? I would say that it's so much fun of patience and anticipation. It's like simmering the best ever soup using the secret recipe from your grandmother. It's hard to wait but better the pleasure especially if you only have experienced digital camera photography. No need to mention big names like Henri Cartier-Bresson to justify the film in the digital era. It's just fun to shoot as it is.

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All the images were published under the "Creative Commons" licence.

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