Monday, November 14, 2011

Half a year in a roll of film

I have a film camera, a delightful little semi-automatic SLR with manual aperture and focus controls.


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Every now and then, I will persuade myself that this function/ event I’m going to is going to be great and I should bring my camera… my FILM camera. But when I get there there’s not so much going on that justifies squeezing off a RM 0.65 shot so I usually end up with a photo or two, sometimes 5. The small number of photos and my boring social calendar means it takes about 6 months for a roll of film to be used, by then I’m a bit jaded by the hassle and lack of instant-ness of film.


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I get the roll developed and scanned, and immediately get stunned by the vividness of it. The dynamic range is fantastic – there simply are no blown-out areas, and the tonal gradients look rather pleasing.


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It also helps with my composition that I take extra care to squeeze the trigger when RM 0.65 is on the line, so I end up with a higher proportion number of better photos.

I should... will take the film camera out more.

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3 Comments:

Blogger penelope gan said...

I know what you mean!
I have my freezers stocked with Velvia and Provia - not that I shoot them.
Oh and a container of Polaroids - now, that's more than RM 10 per pop - I have shot 10 pops in a year. And that too coz I was afraid the batteries in the film r cartridge will 'die' on me.
:)

Lovely photos by the way.

10:40 pm, November 19, 2011  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Thanks :)

Velvia, Provia and Polaroids? Man, you're hardcore. Velvia is pretty, but it scares me a bit. Too narrow dynamic range (blown out whites) and very expensive to process. Where do you process yours btw?

1:45 am, November 20, 2011  
Blogger sabrina said...

Dude where were these pictures taken?

12:59 pm, November 21, 2011  

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