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Winter Stevens Point on film

Readers beware…geeky camera-speak ahead! I recently shot through a roll of cheapie Fuji film to make sure my old Canon was still working (before running a roll of not-so-cheapie film through it.) It’s been so relaxing to shoot film again…I can’t even begin to describe how different it feels compared to digital photography. Slowing down, thinking about each element quietly and squeezing that shutter feels like magic! You’re actually MAKING something…not just creating a file of info filled with info you’ll have to spend time perfecting to try to get it to look like real life. Film just is real life. Even these shots, which are literally drug-store wham-bam developed and scanned (read: pretty crappy) look pretty decent! The only Photoshop on them is the B+W toning of the truck image.

If you follow my Twitter (which I’m pretty sure is just my mom and friends, haha!), I recently snagged a Polaroid 103 land camera that appears to work. I also picked up the COOLEST serving tray that looks like a $150 find from Anthropologie; I paid a whopping $3. I’m anxiously awaiting the 103’s battery and film but will be posting shots as soon as I can. I’m also shooting a roll through my vintage Fujica (the camera I’m holding in my bio picture). That little gem is actually Zac’s grandpa’s old camera and has quite a few quirks. I’m a vertical shooter, and its viewfinder gets janky and slants like 30 degrees when you’re composing that way. So…we’ll see what comes of that! Needless to say, I am so inspired and can’t wait to photograph my family this way + shoot a few rolls at my weddings this summer. xo, Carly  

  • Brenda - Love the “vintage” looking photos, Carly. Where’s that truck? Looks like something Josh would want to buy…ha, ha! No really, don’t tell him where it is.January 19, 2011 – 3:33 pm

  • randy - These are great. Love the old feel to them. Looking forward to seeing more.January 21, 2011 – 9:19 am

  • carly - Haha! Don’t worry Brenda…my lips are sealed!January 24, 2011 – 3:56 pm

  • Amanda - I want more of these!February 14, 2011 – 1:09 pm

  • Linda - I think we may be kindred spirits. I feel exactly the same way shooting film. I am drawn to it and find shooting it has given me an appreciation for digital as well, the ease and super sharpness digital creates is amazing but I am always drawn back to film images, those colours and the softness. I shot a roll of b&w recently for the first time in maybe 15 years and it was so refreshing to do very little to the image but a levels adjustment. Digital is great for so many reasons but it sure creates it own host of problems and jobs as well.

    Looking forward to shooting some 120 colour film this week, even more so after looking at these beautiful images. Just lovely :)February 12, 2012 – 12:41 am

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