governors island on film

July 12, 2012 |  Category:   life nyc photography

It seems like it was forever ago that we were on Governors Island with our friend Jill taking photos with film cameras. But that’s the nature of shooting film sometimes. It might take weeks (hell, longer even) before you get around to developing that roll of film. These were taken with a Yashica 635, a medium format camera and yeah…now I totally want a film camera. We’ll see. It can be an expensive hobby! But the approach to photography with film is, of course, a different experience since there are only so many shots on a roll. You find yourself more selective and really thinking about the shot that you want to take, meaning you don’t have a million shots of the same thing as I tend to do when I shoot with digital. And I don’t know about you, but I still remember the giddy anticipation of going to pick up my prints – something that we just don’t experience anymore.

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  • Margaret July 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Oh I really used to love my Pentax film camera! And yes, the anticipation of seeing your prints, huge excitement if there were good pictures and disappointment if they had just not worked out. I still have a huge file of negatives sitting around doing nothing, but I can’t get rid of them, just in case…

  • Christine Witt (Brush Dance) July 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve not shot with film for yeeeeear. Unless a Polaroid counts.

    And..hey…is that a Mister Softee ice cream? I’ve not seen one of those trucks anywhere since I was a little girl (about a zillion years ago) in Ohio.

  • Stephanie July 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    My grandfather was a photographer and had a dark room in his house. He finally got a digital camera (just a point and shoot) this year since he was too old to develop his own film and claimed it didn’t come out well at the stores that develop the film. He tried to donate his dark room to local schools (in CT) with no luck. None of the art departments in the high schools wanted the free equipment. My high school (graduated in 2005) had about 5 darkrooms in it because the photography class was so popular. I hope schools still keep it up.

  • Justine July 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I love medium format cameras! So much so that I had my wedding photographers shoot some. The colors are so rich.

    Hope you do more.

  • Katherine July 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Love these… I love shooting with film but it does indeed get pretty expensive. I used to love the anticipation of picking up prints or even developing them myself. Such nostalgia!

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  • Vivian Doan July 13, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I used to compare picking up your photos from your film roll to Christmas morning when you got to open your presents. I totally agree. It is different. More exciting for sure.

  • Sophia July 13, 2012 at 9:36 am

    ha! I remember when I used to work with the analogue cameras how difficult it was to balance the cost of film and the unmistakeable tactic of shooting plenty….Still, I’ve kept both my canon and my mamiya(what a beauty!) in hopes of shooting again one day!

  • CHICKYTHING July 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Beautiful photos as always.

  • twiggs July 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    oh you are so right about the wait and the joy! i’ve been shooting film for a couple of years, but i must say that only after upgrading to a decent DSLR and learning about aperture and speed, that i actually understood my yashica tl electro x 😉 a 35mm! and i just tried portra 160! it’s AMAZING!!

  • Aya July 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    You really are a fabulous photographer. I love the expression you caught on Mia’s face.

  • ana July 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I have Canon 5 II and an old Hasselblad 500 and I mainly shoot with Hasselblad. the experience is the whole load different (and more expensive). But I buy loads of expired films on ebay and develop mainly myself at home. its worth it

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