While going through my photo blog, I realized that I haven’t been shooting a lot of portraits or places these past few weeks, mainly because I’ve been too busy with work and side projects. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job and all the cool things that come with it (like a paid 2-week vacation uh-huh), but I really, seriously, and deeply miss taking photos just for the heck of it.
Last January, I chatted with a friend from college about analog cameras and film photography. Shooting with film is actually one of the items on my bucket list, so imagine how excited I was when I finally bought my first film camera.
It took me a while to buy my first camera because I’ve been waiting for good deals in the Lomomanila Marketplace Facebook group. Finally, this guy posted photos of an Asahi Pentax SV with an Osawa MC 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 macro lens and he was selling it for 2,800 pesos. Several people were dropping comments on the post and sending him personal messages, but I was the first one who called dibs on it. Of course, I was a bit worried that the camera might not actually be working, but that didn't stop me from buying it.
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This is easily my favorite test shot. flawed but beautiful
When the camera came, I was surprised that it was still in A+ condition. For a moment, I can't believe that I bought it for only 2,800 pesos. I also bought films from The Vintage Collective in Instagram and stocked up on some fresh and expired ones. The photos above are from my very first roll ever. I used an expired Kodak Ultima 100 for practice and to test if the camera was really working. Apparently, it’s working and I love how some of the photos turned out. The grain, though! UGH SML!
Some of the shots didn’t turn out quite as I expected them to be but hey, that’s the thing with film photography. You set the exposure and the shutter speed manually, focus, shoot and hope that your shots will turn out great. There isn't a monitor to let you check your photos so you have to make every shot count. That's actually one of the things that made me so interested in film photography in the first place. You just don't go around and take tons of photos. You have to think and plan your shot carefully.
Shooting with film doesn't mean I'll totally abandon digital photography, though. I still love Voldy (short for Voldemort lol), my trusty Nikon D5100. It has been with me for five long and beautiful years and I don't think it'll give up anytime soon. Shooting with film is just a fresh way of seeing and shooting things.
I still have a lot to learn about this new hobby and I’m super stoked about it. I’ll be going to Cebu (again), Iloilo, and Guimaras in April and will take several photos in film. So yeah, you’ll be seeing more of these soon 😏