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Monday, August 5, 2013


When I was in college, I took a photography class & used a Canon AE-1. It was my first camera love. After that I was sold on Canons. In this class I had the opportunity to take my own pictures, develop my own film, enlarge my negatives, expose on photo paper & develop my own prints. It was a process that I fell in love with. It was hands down my most favorite class during my college career. Because of that class, I've always wanted to construct my own darkroom at home. Hopefully someday I'll be able to do so! I'm sad to report that I don't have that camera anymore & really hope to get my hands on another AE-1 sometime down the road.

Not that long ago my mom came across a Pentax K1000 at a garage sale & bought it for me. It sat on my shelf for a few months until one day I picked it up & decided to test it out. I had a few rolls of 35mm film laying around the house, so I loaded a roll & set to out master this camera. I quickly discovered that the internal light meter doesn't function correctly, so I had to rely on instincts to make adjustments - which is fine because I shoot in manual on my DSLR, so I'm used to that part. When I finished shooting my test roll I went to rewind the film - but that function doesn't appear to work on the camera either, oops! I had to go into a completely dark room, unload the film & hand roll it back into the spool. By this point I'm losing all hope that this test roll is even going to turn out - I didn't even know if the camera even worked!

After waiting almost a week for my film to be developed (because no one in town does this anymore!) I got my prints back - and boy was I surprised. Every single photo turned out! I'm in love! My only regret is that I took so many boring pictures (my food, my beer, Luke reading the newspaper, the neighbors house & salsa at a restaurant, the dog...). Had I known the pictures were actually going to turn out - I would've chosen some better subjects!

I'm super excited that the camera works & I've even shot one more roll of film - it just needs to be dropped off & developed now. I can't wait to use this camera more frequently. I still love my DSLR & use it quite a bit - but there really isn't anything else like an old fashioned film camera.

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  1. I need to get out my camera (dslr) and use it more. Even "boring shots" like you mentioned are great practice!

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  2. This is fantastic! I used to shoot with that same Pentax and develop my own film. I loved that camera. It was my parents' camera. Now that I'm thinking about it, I wonder if they still have it sitting around somewhere. It was perfectly fine-- none of the issues you wrote about. If it's still somewhere in their house, I wouldn't mind getting back to film either. You've definitely inspired me with this post!

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    1. You should def see if they still have it (hopefully they do!). It's been so much fun wandering around snapping with film :)

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