When I started taking a film class, I quickly realized that there were definitely going to be days when I would only be shooting film. Most days I do pick up my digital camera at some point, but with the amount of film I am shooting for the workshop I am taking, sometimes that is the only photography I am going to do in a day. And of course that is fine, it just means that before I can post the seven photos I took for the week, I have to wait for the scans to come back. For the black and white film I shot for this week, the lab I chose was Photovision. While I was really happy with a lot of the photos, I wasn't happy with the way they were scanned. Everything came back looking very, very matte, which I am not a fan of. I chose these film stocks based on their contrasty characteristics (Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and Ilford HP5 400). Initially I thought that the photos just looked like that because they are film, but the feedback I got in class is that they shouldn't look that matte. Either it is the way the lab scanned it, or I had exposure issues they were trying to correct and the matte is the result of that. I am waiting to hear back from them to see what they have to say. The photos are easy to fix in Lightroom, just by adding back the missing black and adding a little clarity. I am now waiting on five color rolls of film that I sent to FIND, and I am very, very excited to see the results of those. One of those rolls I shot with my new to me Pentax 645N- a camera that I am OVERJOYED to have, but the purchase of it made me feel guilty. As a result, I returned the Fuji 90mm lens I had just purchased. I loved the lens, but without question I wanted the Pentax more. In reality, neither of the items is very "practical", and I plan to make a very practical lens purchase in the next week or so that is going to be very painful financially. And very heavy. But perfect for my current needs and long term goals. A 70-200, either the Tamron or Nikon version.
Here are my photos for the week. I think that they look very different from my usual photos, both because of the inclusion of film, and just because. We took my son to his first movie, so I had to include a photo of him in the theatre. Even though it wasn't my "best" photo of the day. The sky photo, well, it was seriously the most amazing sky I have ever seen. I had to try to capture the magic of it, somehow. And while you really did have to be there, and I should have shot at ISO 100 on a tripod, I hope you get the idea. And my girls are very, very into cooking lately. They like to help with cooking things, and they create things on their own, and want to try to make plans to prepare family meals by themselves. So the photo is of them eating the banana concoction that they created and felt very proud of.