Going Analogue

by Eugene Wang May. 01, 2017 1677 views

I've always wanted to know what it's like to shoot using a film camera. I never knew where to start. It was a giant leap for me to get myself a Nikon FE2, load a film in it, and shoot away.

Truth be told, I don't know what I'm doing with it. Zero idea.

Shooting in the digital age makes me take things for granted. Aperture ring? Light meter? Manual focusing? (That's a pain in the ass!) Learning to shoot film forces me to re-learn photography, like I never knew it before.

Having to shoot and not being able to see a preview after is truly a new experience. Frankly, I thought all my photos are ruined, so thank goodness only some are severely underexposed.

My first roll I choose to test out my FE2 is the once commonly available Fujicolor C200. Perhaps I shoot it wrong, because the grains are profound and heavy for a ISO200 film, or so I thought.

I even brought the camera out at night. With a mid-speed film, I don't even know what I'm doing out there!

Nikon FE2 can make double exposures I was told. With no particular subject in mind, I set out to make ridiculous double exposure. These are awful!

Let me go back into my little corner and cringe for a moment.

Camera: Nikon FE2    Film: Fujicolor C200

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Russell Smith 4 years, 2 months ago

Film is something I miss. I miss the tones I can get with black and white. A working mechanical body with a 50mm prime . That is where I got my start in photography. When I switched to digital I was kind of lost because the digital medium did not act the way I expected it to. I have grown to enjoy digital but there is a nagging nostalgia for me to return to film. I look forward to seeing more from your future rolls . Try out different films they have very different looks or characteristics . Happy shooting .

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Andi Saw 4 years, 2 months ago
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Eugene Wang Replied to Andi Saw 4 years, 2 months ago

Hi there sibling! I appreciate that you stopped by and drop me a comment.
Thanks for the encouragement. *Now let me load another roll into this camera*
satisfied

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