Shooting in film

I've gotten the film fever a few times this year, and each time worse than before.  I've always been able to talk myself out of it, but I can't seem to do it now.  I'm bidding on Canon EOS Elan 7NE on ebay for $75, but I was about to get it for 200 on amazon. So if I get outbidded, I need to decide if I should rebid or give up.


Doolittle, you've shot film before right? Anyone else shot or interested in film? I don't know if I want to be talked in or out of it, so please feel free to share your opinions and experience!


 

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 10:29 am
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Yeah, I shot film for over 20 years. ;o)  And to make things even more incriminating, I worked in photo labs developing film for 16+ years!  So, frankly, I am sick of film.  That's not to say that film is bad but I just don't have and don't really see myself getting film fever. When you work in it day in and day out, year after year, it loses it's charm pretty quickly. Especially when things go wrong...


What gets me at all interested is alternative methods which is something I specialized in and also went to Greece to study for a semester.  I did pinhole, cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Platinum-Palladium, and Zone plate photography. All these things are infinitely more interesting to me because it takes photography down to it's absolute most basic - a hole to let in light and a light sensitive medium.


In some cases, we didn't even use a pinhole but just put things on the paper and set them out in the sun (called photograms). I got pretty fascinated with that process and did a series about body image and objectificaton.


I have several film bodies (I shot with Canon EOS 10s camera bodies up until 2006) and lenses but they are just collecting dust now.  Kinda like looking at museum artifacts!


I wouldn't be one to talk you out of it but just curious what your interest is? If it's just about the look, you can do that so much easier in digital.  I know, I know, it's not the same but it's just that film is getting so expensive, so hard to develop and honestly, not worth the wait or the $$ to me now. ;o)

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm
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It is the look that I'm attracted to.  There are 2 blogs that I follow that use film, and one of them use film/digital half and half.  I've always preferred the film look.  The other day (the day I posted this), to my shocking realization, there were a few other blogs that I followed that use film exclusively!  And I always thought there's something different about their photos. 


But since then I've been browsing film groups on flickr, and most of their photos are mediocre.  Now I'm wondering if the photographers I followed did postprocessing on their photos to give that "look". 


doolittle, since you have so much experience with film, can you help me out here?   Browse a few photos from these two blogs and tell me if you think it's the "film look" or post processing that they did on the scanned files.


http://thesweetlight.com/


http://josevillablog.com/

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 6:30 am
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I believe Jose Villa does post process, but minimally. I think part of the beauty of his pictures is a result of shooting medium format. I don't know much about it, but from what I hear, the quality is far superior to the norm. Medium format digital camera bodies run upwards of $10,000, which is probably why you don't see much digital wedding photography done in that format.

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 7:40 am
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I am infatuated with Jose Villa too. :)  How does one achieve a similar look in digital? (Aside from having supermodel subjects and access to exotic animals.)


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Posted on September 17, 2011 at 6:14 am
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Hmm, my film fever is gone -- for now at least.  I uploaded a few photos that I thought have the film look.  I can't fool anyone, but close enough, I think.  What do you think?


These are not the serenely cheerful, bright lit photos like Jose Villa, because of the lack of light in the situation, so I went for the underexposed film look.


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Posted on September 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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