I have a couple Pentax K1000 camera bodies and lenses my aunt gave me. The school she teaches at used them as decor and at the end of the school year they were just going to throw them away. She saved them, and rightfully so as the Pentax K1000 is a hoss. Purely manual with a metal body, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the functionality of the camera. It would have been sad to see them end their life in the landfill.
So a few years back when she gave them to me, I invested in some film and set out to practice film in my husbands home town of Lamar. However, being that I had started my career with digital, it was really hard for me to shoot film. You see, with digital, the safety net of being able to look at the image on screen and compensate your settings for any exposure errors correlates to me shooting at will - no holds. Well with film, that isn't there. So I found myself timid. Afraid to take a bad shot because I was limited to only 36 frames to begin with and I had no way to see if my settings were correct for the shot because the light meter wasn't real trustworthy.... Needless to say, that roll sat in that camera for many months until it was eventually forgotten about.
About a year or so passed and I had forgotten about film. That is, until a friend of mine posted some photos from a roadtrip she had taken. I am already quite infatuated with her photography, but these images were some of my favorite. Come to find out - they were all taken on film. I reached out to her to ask what camera body she used, what film, and what she thought about it overall. In an effort to give film another shot, I rented a Canon Elan IIE film body from a local camera store, bought another roll of film, and set out again. I thought that maybe with a more sophisticated camera (sorry Penny, you were just too manual for me right now) I might be able to get more out of my film experience. So I took it with me to Vail, and used the whole roll on a hike with my family. Out of the 36 frames, I think I got about 5 that I loved. Not great....but also not bad! But because I had only rented that camera, I shelved film photography yet again.
Well fast forward another year (to now) and I received an email from Mastin Labs about film photography. In this email, Kirk Mastin explains he was going to be holding free weekly lessons regarding film photography. So, I dig up the old messages from my friend and per her advice I go for it; I drop a whopping $30 on Ebay for a Canon Rebel 2000 and another $12 on some Kodak Ektar 100 film.
First lesson was to shoot a whole roll of film - preferably in one sitting. My anxiety kind of kicked in just thinking about having to shoot a whole roll of film at once and not being able to see if they were going to be good - especially since it was for a lesson. But once I started shooting, my anxiety turned to excitement. Not knowing if a frame was going to be perfect was oddly liberating. (Maybe it was because my subject was extra adorable, I knew that even an imperfect photo would still be perfect!)
Every film session has yielded better results thus far and I am really excited to see what the next roll holds!
Pentax K1000 / Denver Pro Photo scans / 2014
Canon Elan IIE / Denver Pro Photo scan / 2016
Canon Rebel 2000 / Kodak Ektar 100 / The Find Lab scans / 2017