In 2012 I set out to shoot film again. I wanted to do this for several reasons. Most importantly, I wanted to slow down a bit and get away from the run and gun I will fix it later in post processing stream of though often associated with shooting digital.Â I also like the colors, the grain and the look of feel of film. I started the year off really fired up to shoot film and at one point was shooting 3-4 rolls per month. This tapered at the end of the year to 1 roll every 2-3 months.Â Â Today, I’ll share my final few months of shooting.
I spent the entire year shooting the Bessa R4A rangefinder camera. One of these days I’ll do a review of the camera, but I have grown to love it and it is my favorite camera. I love it for the simplicity, the consistency and the overall look and feel. I have grown to know how it will handle light and metering. I understand how to focus it rather quickly considering it’s full manual focus. I justÂ like the way it feels in my hand. These last two months of shots are shot with a Zeiss 35mm f2.8 lens as opposed to the Voigtlander 21mm f4 that I shot most of the year. I am one of those folks that thinks 35mm is just right. I find the prints are incredible from this combo and the lo res scans just don’t do the images any justice.
So….Here are a few images from my final roll of film completing my 2012 Film Project. The film is Portra 400, my favorite and standard film that I shoot. I’d say that despite the year ending with only a single roll of film covering 2 months, I don’t really care. I got what I wanted and more. It also got me to really think about printing images again as opposed to just having images to look at on digital devices.
That’s a wrap!