A while back I had a small windfall. Something to do with a birthday, the mail and a check.
To take care of something that had been nagging me a bit (e.g. wanting to see what it was like to shoot film with a medium format camera), I decided to buy a vintage Rolleiflex MX. Like the camera Vivian Maier used, or Robert Capa, Diane Arbus carried. I wanted to try shooting film again and seeing if I could get it “right”. Not having the comfort of being able to look at the back of my digital camera and see what I missed or adjust and take another shot.
So I shot a few rolls, at the house, at the beach and on a plane. I will start with a little series at home. Utilizing that same window light that made me fall in love with taking pictures of my kids…So here is Chase on film, shot with my new old Rolleiflex MX. The camera is around 60 years old. It is heavy, well built and feels substantial in your hands. I love how mechanical it is. And to be frank I was pleasantly surprised with how the images turned out. I was able to get focus right a at least some of the time in MANUAL,
Now don’t get me wrong – I am not making the switch to film total – though I did enjoy the experience. I liked waiting to see how my images came out. I loved that I loved the color of the images right away and I didn’t correct a thing in photoshop. Maybe not a perfect first run – but enough to keep me coming back. I am excited that I also have bonafied prints on their way to me right now as well!
I plan on shooting a roll of black and white next. Though looking at my camera it says I am on frame 3… Time to use this little brick again. Vivian certainly would not have let this camera sit on a shelf!