I am slow. So slow that I am just now starting to catch up with all of the media I generated during the Christmas holiday. I was recently inspired to pick up my sister’s old Nikon FE 35mm SLR and shoot a few rolls of film. I loved getting back to the basics of photography. My wife and I both have nice digital SLRs with snappy auto-focus, auto white balance, super accurate digital light meters, and many other bells and whistles that take all of the thinking out of the exposure.
Taking a picture without that high-speed processing power makes you really think about what you’re shooting, what kind of light you’re shooting in, and whether or not you really need a picture of it. Especially when you realize that you only have 24 exposures per roll. Add to that the increasing price of film developing and you start to get nervous every time you press that shutter release. I think it’s that nervous excitement that I crave, hoping that the picture turns out exactly the way you see it in your head. Film photography has become a novelty rather than a standard (at least I think it’s novel). I love the “film look”, and I can’t wait to shoot some more with that camera.
Pictures taken with a Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm 1.8