Funky Film Adventure

Although it never seemed to work, I took piano lessons during high school as a way to pick up girls. 

After one lesson in particular, my teacher asked me when I would like to come back.

"I'm not coming back," I told her. "You can't teach me any more. I've got what I need."

I wasn't trying to be mean; it was just the truth.

As a mental drifter I grow bored rather easily and move on to something new whenever I feel like my current obsession has run its course.

Although I'm not bored with photography in the slightest, I feel like I need something to shake things up a little bit. 

That's why I recently purchased a used Canon Elan 7E off Ebay for $50 and a 33-dollar 5-pack of Kodak Portra 400 color negative film.

I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I'm about to load my first roll in this camera and shoot a married couple in just a couple days.

My goal is to set my aperture to f4 and my shutter speed to 1/125, which should allow me to shoot in outdoor light from full shade to full sun. Probably going to be overexposed with the 1/125 shutter speed, but film has a much greater latitude for overexposure than it does underexposure.

Then I'm going to pack it up and send it off to a professional lab to have them process it and send me the digital scans from my film.

The hope is that the film will have a punch, personality, character... a certain joie de vivre if you will that celebrates life's imperfections rather than its purity.

Gonna take me a couple weeks or so to get them back, but I can't wait to see what I get.

If this funky little adventure pans out the way I think it might, I expect the photos to be modern and stylish in an unconventional and striking way.

You know - funky.

PhotographyChris GinnComment