I Bought A Rolleiflex Film Camera - Alaska Film Photographer
Two days ago I skipped church to take my kids on an adventure. This isn’t something I normally do, but it was the last day before school and I wanted to make memories. We ended up in Girdwood, Alaska at the Blueberry Festival at Alyeska Resort. My kids heard some music, and followed it to it’s source. A blueberry pie eating contest was about to start, and they were calling anyone ages 9-12 who wanted to enter. My daughter was a bit unsure, and last minute she ran up there and entered the contest. Guess what? She won! Later while we were driving home, she told me that it’s hard for her to do new things. I explained that it is hard, but sometimes awesome things happen when we do! That morning we didn’t have plans of her winning a pie eating contest, but because she faced her fear she won!
What does this have to do with me buying a film camera? Well, I really needed to try something new. It is easy with digital. You get that immediate picture on the back of your camera telling you if you took a good photo. With film you don’t get that. You take an image and it’s a waiting game. Was it good? Was it bad? Did I just waste a bunch of money on that film? You have no idea. I was really excited to see in my email that my film had been scanned, and were waiting in my email, I was a bit disappointed at first when I looked at them. Most of them were out of focus, and underexposed. But then I took a moment to look again, and I noticed these gems. With digital photography, it’s so easy to flip through the images really quickly. When you only have 12 images per roll of film, you need to take your time and enjoy pictures.
So, for a moment I thought about giving up on film. But that’s not happening. I’m going to keep going until I am getting the images that I want consistently out of my camera. Come along with me on my journey.