In this weeks video I set out to photograph the area around the Wet Sleddale Reservoir with a point and shoot film camera.
Mrs Sale recently found the last film camera I ever bought, and Olympus Superzoom 700BF. I decided to load it with a roll of Kodak Gold colour negative film to see what it was like to take a step back in time 20 years.
I have never shot film before and I didn’t really enjoy it so my question for you this week is this. Do you still shoot film and if so why?
You can read about what I thought of my photos from this film in my latest blog post.
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for many of us photographers there are very few things in life that is more enjoyable than just heading out for a walk with your camera and that's exactly what I'm doing today this is a wets little reservoir behind me and this is very close to the village of schaap where I live on the far eastern edge lately strict National Park and my plan for today is just to head alongside the reservoir and then climb up to the top of seat Robert I've barely been walking for a minute and literally just 200 meters from the carpark and I've already found my first composition of the day the path that I'm walking along it's got these tall grasses on either side it's got a slight kink in it and then right here in the foreground are a lot of old sort of lumpy old stones which I think quite cool and so that's going to be my first shot of the day now the keen-eyed amongst you may have already noticed that I'm not using my normal hit today today I'm out shooting with this it's an olympus super zoom 700 BF and this is the last film camera that i bought before i went digital i bought this back in 97 98 something like that and i'll come back to the reasons why i'm shooting with this in a moment but before i do that let's just look at some of the specs of this this is a fully automatic film camera it has autofocus and it has a focal length of somewhere in the region of thirty seven thirty eight mil through to 70 mil Wow I've loaded the Olympus with a roll of Kodak color negative film it's got 24 exposures and my plan for today is just to head out for a walk and take as many pictures as I feel like it and then when I run out of film then it's time to head home so why am i out shooting with a 22 year old point-and-shoot fully automatic film camera well it all starts with the challenge that was set me by a friend of mine called Richard and the challenge that Richard set me was to shoot a video where I showed some of my images before I process them I think the point was that there's so much of our own personal stylist photographers in the way that we edit our images a lot of beginners may look at my images and think well my camera doesn't take photos like that and so he challenged me to get out there and show my work before I edited it but as you probably know there is no real image in digital that hasn't been manipulated in some way a raw file is never supposed to be the finished product it is today to be manipulated and a JPEG will have had some manipulation by the camera itself but when Misha sail was clearing out our cupboards and stumble across my old fully automatic film camera I hit upon an idea so that's what I'm gonna do today I'm gonna get out there I'm gonna get my 24 shots I'm gonna send that film off to be processed get those images scanned as Tiff's and we'll see if I'm brave enough to show you my unedited shots I've made it to the other end of the reservoir and along the way I've stopped to take a couple of shots and I have to say I'm not really enjoying myself very much I miss the instant feedback that you get from digital by being able to see images on the back of the camera and I'm having to trust a twenty to twenty three-year-old camera that I've not used for twenty years to get the exposure spot-on but the good news is that I've taken eight shots so far so I'm 1/3 of the way through my 24 and so my misery could soon be over now I know that a lot of people still shoot film so that's going to be my question for you today do you still shoot film and for the love of God why because right now I can't see the appeal myself now I don't mean to be negative and you guys know me better than that but I am a product of the digital age and I just don't get film so this is your opportunity to educate me [Applause] generally I have a hit rate of about one in two for every two compositions that I try one of them will make it into my videos today I'm gonna be happy about a ratio of one in four so with my 24 shots I'm looking at about six to be decent I've already taken 16 so I only got eight exposures left I've made it as far as little Hall which sits on the side of the hill overlooking the reservoir and it's at this point I need to make the decision am I going to carry on to seat Robert or am I gonna head back to the car and as I only have four exposures left I think I'm gonna head back to the car I'm really struggling without my lcd today I find it very very difficult to see the entire frame using the eyepiece and of course I normally wear glasses and I don't have the ability to adjust for that on the camera so it's even a little bit blurry the other problem I've got is that that limited focal length is very limiting very restricting some having to use my feet a lot more than it would normally which I guess isn't necessarily a bad thing that's me back where I started I'm back at the car now and I have to be honest it's been pretty slim pickings since I left little whore so that means as is always the case with film photography I've got one frame left that I need to waste that's me finished all 24 exposures done so it's time to get that packed up and sent off to the lab for processing and I think I'm going to be really interested to see what those images are like