getting back into the swing of film

Like I mentioned in this post, I’m trying really hard to get back into the habit of shooting film. Last year I lost track of how many rolls I went through after number 75. This year I’ve shot around four and half…whoops! It’s far too easy to just tuck my film cameras away and shoot only digital.

Recently I went on a few bike rides where I just carried a film camera in hopes of shooting a few rolls. When I carry both film, and digital I always end up doing the whole deal where I take the same shot with every camera on me – because c’mon they all turn out different, right? So just carrying film prevents that and forces me to work harder to get the shot I want instead of letting film take the backseat. Anyway, here are some shots from the film I got developed that don’t really fit a theme other than being photos I liked (+ of things I like – bike, plants, puppy, Cleveland)

I’m really excited about that first shot. Last year a friend’s grandfather passed away. He was a photographer and had a ton of equipment that I was lucky enough to “inherit”. In the massive box of camera goodies I was gifted what stole the show for me was the Yashica Mat 124g. I’ve wanted one for so long but the price tag kept me away. Now I own one that’s worth tons in sentimental value! His grandpa used to shoot weddings with this amazing thing! I’d been putting off loading it up with film for a while now just because I was intimated. I finally loaded her up but haven’t managed to make it all the way through a roll of film. I can’t wait to finally see what amazing images it captures. Ideally I’d like to finish a roll before June’s big road trip so I have a better idea of what to expect from it but we’ll see how that goes.

All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • awesome! I have a giant pile of film cameras that I've been lugging around for years, 2015 i the year that I'm finally fixing them up and testing them all out! I have a Mamiya TLR sitting on my desk right now. I hope you love yours. It makes taking pictures in public a lot more discreet since you don't have the camera at your face.

    Here's a link to an amazing photographer who was recently discovered (who mainly used a TLR) They made a movie about how all of her film was found in a storage unit, it's awesome.

  • I totally know how you feel with flipping back and forth with cameras, it can feel like a hassle, i just don't trust myself with only using film! I'm still learning hahah.

  • Film has a tender place in my heart, my dad started collecting cameras before I was born and I started my own collection when I was a kid! My own Yashica isn't in near as good condition as yours, but gosh are they pretty. I have so many film cameras and no where to put them, most are in storage. I hope someday I can pull them out and shoot pretty photos!

  • Those are some really lovely photos! Film has such an amazing quality to it; I have a box of my dad's old gear from the sixties to the eighties that I haven't been game enough to get started with, but after seeing this I'm feeling inspired!

  • Great post, love the photos you're getting on film.

    I am excited to say I've just purchased a neat Canon A2E to get back into film. What really drew me to it was the fact that I could use this camera with EF lenses while saving up for a good digital body (which I can't quite decide on which one I want). And this camera has a feature called "eye-control" which tracks where you are looking in the viewfinder and focuses on just that. I did a few test shots on roll #1 and made the mistake of getting them developed at a local drug store. They came out cloudy and I was disappointed, but my next roll of film is a Kodak Portra 400 and I will be taking that one to the pros after I shoot through it.

    I hope you continue being active with film, especially with the Yashika (I have a Yashika myself but haven't shot with it in years). I can't wait to see how your future rolls of film come out!