Saturday, January 19, 2013

Going back in time. Shooting old school

I had a lot of fun with this one today.  
A month ago, I acquired several old film cameras from a photographer that was cleaning out his equipment.  This guy had a LOT of cameras.  Among the ones I got from him was a Nikon N90s with a Nikkor 43-86mm manual zoom lens.  The N90s is an auto-focusing camera, but he didn't have any lens for that and I found that this Nikkor seemed to fit it okay.  Right after getting these cameras, I bought a 3 pack of 24 exp. 400 ISO Kodak Professional BW400CN film.  This is black and white film that can be processed the same way that color film is processed, so you can get them developed in an hour.  Since today was a bright, sunny day, I took the camera down to Zoar to give it a run through.  I have to say, I'm pretty impressed.  But at the same time, in awe of how much things have changes.  As a photographer today I have found that we are SPOILED!  Digital is SO much more forgiving.  One thing I thought was funny was that every time I took a picture, I moved the camera away from my face, and looked at the back of the camera like I was expecting to see the shot like you do on a digital camera.  I couldn't stop myself.  What was also VERY strange was that I only had 24 exposures to play with. That's it. When I was shooting, I actually fired of two shots like I normally do and realized that I don't have a 32GB card that these are writing to.  So when the roll was done we headed up to Walgreen and I had the film developed and transferred onto a CD.  I opened them up in Adobe Lightroom and cleaned them up a well as fix some exposure issues. I don't know how often I will use this camera.  Probably will for sure at a WWII reenactment this fall to get some more "realistic" looking portraits.  But for now, it was just a lot of fun to go back to the basics.
So here are the ones I liked the best from today's shoot.

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