Photo Diary: Experimenting with Film

My mom’s old Minolta 35 mm film camera has been sitting on my shelf, virtually unused, for almost 5 years now. In April, upon arriving home with unlimited summer inspiration, I decided I would finally really break it out for some experimentation. Throughout the summer, I brought this trusty camera with me on all my adventures, only planning on taking a couple of photos on each excursion. Here are (some of) the results:

Scan 9

Scan 16

Scan 6

Scan 18

Scan 30

Scan 12

Scan 20

Scan 27

Scan 4

 After 4 months of usage, it’s safe to say that I’ll be using this camera until it practically crumbles apart in my hands. I have grown to love using film on adventures, for many reasons. The primary reason? It truly allows you to enjoy the moment, taking in the experience rather than worrying about getting the perfect shot. If you’re not worrying about framing the perfect photograph, chances are the one picture you did take will capture the moment just perfectly.


4 thoughts on “Photo Diary: Experimenting with Film

  1. I agree, film really is a magical medium. Your composition on these shots is lovely, what film are you using? A lot of the shots look quite hazy/undefined which you could correct by trying a different film if you wanted. I would recommend you try the Kodak Ektar 100 which you can get for a reasonable price on amazon (maybe just buy one or two rolls at first to see if you like it), this is a personal favourite of mine as its a very versatile film.

    1. Thank you! I’m fairly new at film photography so I just grabbed whatever film I could find at the drug store! So I will definitely try the Kodak film you suggested, thank you for the advice! x

      1. That’s alright, I only started film photography about 6 months ago myself but am always happy to share what I’ve learned. Also, if you discover that you like Portrait photography in particular then you might like to try Kodak Portra 400.
        Feel free to have a look at my blog if you want, its mainly film photography with a few digital shots mixed in too.
        Happy Shooting! x

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