My First Attempts at Film Photography

I’m one of those weird people that like to give themselves presents. I love giving myself presents if it’s for my birthday or a certain accomplishment, this time it was for my graduation, I’m sorry but graduating university is a BIG deal and I thought it called for a present. So I decided to buy myself a Pentax K1000, mainly because I’m a huge fan of The Blue Hour and I think that film photographs seem more authentic and more truthful (if that makes any sense). So I went to Brooklyn to visit my sister and got so excited to photograph Brooklyn on my new camera… turns out that this is a lot harder than I thought and I managed to screw up my Brooklyn photos, I was sorely disappointed! When the photo developer called and told me all 6 of my films were blank I started to think where I could go in Reykjavik to take pictures. The idea came to me a couple of hours later: Kolaportið! Reykjavik’s main flea market. So on I went to the flea market with my camera and a brand new film took what I thought would be amazing photographs and then I went straight to the developers. Well at least the film wasn’t blank, but the photographs turned out all grey and a little foggy. Now I was getting annoyed and realized I needed help! I decided to call my uncle who has a lot of experience with these types of cameras and boy, did he help me. So with my brand new knowledge of film photography I tried it again. My parents and I went to this small town Hveragerði, which is about 40 minute drive from Reykjavik. We go there in the beginning of every summer to buy flowers to put on the porch. I started taking photographs of the surroundings but something was off… I got home and started rewinding the film and there wasn’t enough restraint. But I decided to take the film to the developers and waited for the phone call telling me that the film was blank but the phone call never came yet I was still a little pessimistic. On my way home from work I stopped by the developers and picked up my photos. I was half right, the film wasn’t secure enough in the camera and it did get loose but before that happened I managed to take 5 photos! I have to admit after ruining about 8 rolls of film I am happy to finally see some results, even though they are not the best I promise I will practice and get better. This experience actually reminds me of a quote I heard once:

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas A. Edison

4 hugrenningar um “My First Attempts at Film Photography

  1. Hi Embla. I have taken a lot of old films once upon a time (when you were very small :), and I know that it isn’t easy. But try to keep the light -0.5 below what the lightsensor is telling you. Your pictures seems very bright, just as I would think they would if you stick to your camerasensor. Make em’ darker!! 🙂

    • I’ll try that next time 🙂 I actually had the camera on automatic this time because I had ruined so many roles of film but I am going to stop playing it safe soon and then I’ll remember your advice. Thank you 😀

  2. Love love love the top photo! And I’m so happy to finally see some photos come out of that camera 😉 What happened with the last one though? I know it’s not quite right but I have to say I kind of like the effect.

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