While cleaning up the other day I came across my old TLR camera– a Yashica Mat 124G.–a Twin Lens Reflex camera.
I also found a roll of 120mm BW film.
It had been sitting around in a drawer a good ten years, by my best guess, so it is way past its expiration date.
I will develop it in a week or two when the darkrooms open up during the winter session since BW film is notorious for having a good shelf life if it hasn’t been subjected to extreme temperatures.
Shiva and Tempe naturally found the camera interesting especially when they peered into the waist-level finder.
It’s kind of surprising how far we’ve come in terms of how many images we used to be able to capture.
It’s not just the quantity but the cost as well.
AtÂ $4 a roll or roughly 33 cents an exposure, every shot had better count.
Mind you, after you have exposed that roll, you still have to get it developed then there’s the cost of chemicals and photo paper and time involved before you get to see an image.
I’m not at all surprised that many of my film photography students come away at the end of the semester with a better appreciation of their art form.
They may vow never to shoot film ever again, but I assure you they will think carefully before they press the shutter button.
Spraying and Praying Mentality
One of the more common pitfalls for the digital photographer is not recognizing when to shoot a lot and when not to.
Unless I’m shooting sports or something that I can’t afford to miss like a fast action, wild life or a bird taking off or landing,Â bride throwing a bouquet, groom throwing the garter, I’m seldom shooting off bursts of shots.
All the time I saved by not having to process in the darkroom is now spent in front of the computer going through a lot of pictures which are poor composed, exposed or not in focus.
It’s that time of the year folks when I want to remind you that new gear doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get better pictures.
What will get you better pictures is coming up with good ideas that excite you and then making the time to go out there with your camera.