FIRST ROLL OF FILM.
The 10 rolls of film (fuji 400h) I ordered a few days ago finally arrive in the mail yesterday and it takes me a whole day to work up the courage to finally start shooting.
Over the past four days, I've read Film Is Not Dead cover to cover, played around with the light meter, glanced through the camera manual, and watched a few YouTube videos on how to properly meter and load the 120 film. But let's be real: even though its a pretty simple setup, I'm still a little nervous and not entirely sure what all the dials and buttons are for.
Audrey graciously agrees to sit for a few portraits in the backyard. After getting the shot set up, I turn the camera on and hear a long winding sound. I assume that's what the camera does with a new roll of film, but I'm hyper-nervous. After attempting a few pictures, I know something is wrong because the frame number indicator is stuck on one. My stomach drops for fear it's broken (these cameras are out of production and I'm not sure returning it is an option). I'm secretly hoping I simply erred loading the film, but I'm too cheap (at $5 a roll) to fire off a bunch more shots or open up the back and ruin the entire roll to check. I decide to step back and try again a little later.
I'm still not quite sure what went wrong, but after popping in a new roll, I'm able to convince Audrey for another try. This time, no long winding sound and the frame number indicator advances after each photo. It's working....right? After 5 frames, she's back to playing and I'm left wondering what I just got myself into.
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