love

i love this picture so much. i love the beautiful colors of the water. i love the serene un-posed feeling. i love the exposure. and best of all, i love that man.

I took this picture with our Nikon Fm3a film camera. The Fm3a allows us the ability to enjoy photography in its simplest form: the subject, the camera, and the photographer. There are no extra ISO settings to contemplate or the vast lens selection to maneuver through {because we only have 2 that will work on it} and best of all there are not hours and hours of editing involved.  The film camera is definitely under used in our house but when each picture costs close to $1.00 it is hard to grant anything in our life film worthy {i am frugle what can i say}! Anyway, I am always so happy when we get the email from Richards Photo Lab letting us know that our film is ready because I love seeing the results and makes me love photography even more!

****And because I have been asked several times the difference between the film and digital pictures and how our film pictures appear on the blog, I guess it is not obvious to all. So here, ya go! We send our roll of film to Richards Photo Labs who then develops the film {just like the old days} based on specific color profiles which I have been working with them on. Once the negatives are developed, Richards Photo Lab then scans the negatives and creates a digital .jpg and sends us an FTP site where we can download the images and store just like our digital files! As a bonus, they will print the roll of film for you for $4 – so you actually get a printed picture as well {i love that part}******

Our life….on FILM!

We shoot digital. We edit digital. We print digital.

But, I lust after FILM!  How do I know this? When planning our own wedding I realized every photographer I fell in love with (Bret Cole, Jill Thomas, & Jose Villa just to name a few) used film! Film – really? Why did they use film? Because they didn’t want to pay to upgrade their equipment? Because they were “old school” and not current with the times? 

At the time, I did not understand why they still used film, but after spending the last two years analyzing photographs and attempting to learn the ins and outs of photography, I now understand why they still choose to shoot film…..because it is simply stunning. The color, creamy skin tones, and pure beauty is just something you cannot obtain no matter how many Photoshop actions you try to run on your 20MB digital picture.

Over Christmas my Dad kindly gifted us his Nikon FM3a, a completely manual film camera – manual focus, manual aperture ring, manual shutter speed, manual film advancement!  This required us to put what we had learned the last few years to the test and trust that our skills were up to the challenge.

While these pictures are a far cry from those of the film masters mentioned above, they are a start and for some reason I feel extremely proud to have actually captured something because I did have my doubts that we would end up with completely white pictures! These are our very first pictures ever developed and are all straight from the negatives, no post-processing or editing  (talk about a time saver!)

I am so happy to share part of our life with you captured on film. There is something enduring about film and its permanent nature that makes me want to go back for more!


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