a journey into film - day 42.

ON MAKING MISTAKES AND LESSONS LEARNED. 

Of the 31 shots I got back from the first two rolls, I love my favorites just as much as the others. Here's a quick breakdown of some lessons I learned from the mistakes I've made so far:

 

1. OVER OVER OVER EXPOSE Fiji 400H

This is my second picture taken and I didn't record the settings. But, let's just say beyond exposure issues, I happen to LOVE it! Do you remember the iPhone image from Day 5? Makes me want to give this camera a huge hug and start worshiping the film gods!

Since, I prefer the soft pastel look this film can achieve, I realize now I should have over exposed it +2 since it was taken in open shade. 

Contax 645, Fuji 400H, 80mm lens, f/?, 1/?

Contax 645, Fuji 400H, 80mm lens, f/?, 1/?

 

2. SLOW SHUTTER SPEEDS and TODDLERS don't mix well. 

Remember way back on Day 9, when I crossed my fingers hoping Addy would be still enough to shoot at f/2, 1/60? No such luck, or at least I haven't mastered it yet. Here is yet another case in point. Love the colors and of course her radiant smile, but no way she is still enough for such a slow shutter speed. Unless maybe, there is a bit of camera shake going on here?

Contax 645, Fuji 400H, 80mm lens, f/2, 1/160

Contax 645, Fuji 400H, 80mm lens, f/2, 1/160

 

3. F/2 MIGHT NOT BE A GREAT PLACE TO START

To nail the focus, I plan on hanging out in the f/2.8 - 4 range for awhile, saving up for the brighter contax screen, and a whole lot more practice, practice, practice! Bill Maxwell over at Maxwell Precision and Optics, with an incredible wealth of knowledge, warned me about trying to focus and recompose an image with the Contax. 

Another great example of a mistake I made at f/2 is over on Day 12 when I wrapped up my second roll with two father son shots out back. 

I'm also going to set up my viewfinder diopter since I have rather poor eyesight. 

If ya'll have more tips, please please please help a sister out and share!

Contax 645, Fuji 400H, 80mm lens, f/2, 1/60

Contax 645, Fuji 400H, 80mm lens, f/2, 1/60

4. PERSISTANCE PAYS OFF. 

Often times when shooting digitally, I end up loving the first image in a series the most. With film, I'm noticing a pattern that the first two or so images are a little off but the third is AMAZING! A great example of this if over on Day 8, with Adeline out on the trampoline

 

How about you, do you remember your first rolls of film? What lessons did you learn? I'd love to hear! Oh and one more thing, I only received 31 scans back. The third frame on my second roll somehow got lost and never came back. I had noted the setting in the journal but the lab was unable to find it. Has that ever happened to you before? Is there a black hole of film, that random images get lost in every so often?

 

To catch up on the entire series, you check it out here! And if you care to follow along, feel free to sign up (at the bottom of the page) for all the latest in fresh posts delivered straight to your inbox!  As always, I'd appreciate any helpful tips, insight or straight up words of wisdom to help me along this journey into film.