Couple on bycicle

On my way home from work a Friday night in inner Copenhagen.

Leica M7 with 50mm summilux on Portra 400 post processed to b&w.

I’m sure this would have looked “sharper” on digital, but I can’t help love the grain here. I’m amazed that I got the shot in these lighting conditions working with an ISO 400 film. I recall this was my last exposure on the roll.

Finished my first 5 pack

I just finished my last roll from the Portra 400 5 pack that I bought as my first film.

Some thoughts while waiting on the lab.

I clearly have to be better at exposing correctly. I discovered that I’ve been relying on being able to push exposure in Lightroom more than I thought. Often 2/3 stop. A few times more. But it has never really mattered. Film, on the other hand, loves light, and I need to give it more. I did a lot of experiments with the remaining rolls. I’ll pick up my learnings, when they return from the lab.

I also noticed that I enjoy the process of photographing more with the film camera. I am forced to think more about my photography because I can’t check right away if the photos are alright. This also means that I’m learning more.

I enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into taking the photo. With the digital M it felt somewhat impossible to make a bad exposure. The camera and Lightroom pretty much nailed it for me. Now, I have to nail it myself. Perhaps, for the first time, I feel that I’m making pictures rather than taking them. Not brilliant pictures, but pictures I made:-)

Roll #1 Notes (1): Hello Mood

I had my first roll returned from the lab, and now my digital unlearning really kicks off!

I’ll be honest, that running through the 39 frames I experienced both disappointment and satisfaction. It’s not all good, and certainly not all bad. It’s a world of both new possibilites and new constraints.

Learning 1: Hello Mood

I’ll start with one big plus: Compared to Digital, I think my images from this roll are more “moody”, and that they convey more emotion.

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Roll #1. Istedgade, Copenhagen. Leica M7 with 50mm Summilux.

It’s probably got to do with the colors. I think there can be something melancholic over Portra 400.

Learning 2: No Post Processing

Out of the 39 exposures, I post processed just one. That’s a LOT of time saved!

The second picture above has had exposure corrected slightly. I did like the mood of the first one, but the colors were too muddy, I think. I really like the end result, though.

Learning 3: Exposure, Exposure, Exposure

I have to improve. I knew that I should err to the over exposure side, but stil… This one I couldn’t fix in post processing.

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Roll #1. Leica M7 with 50mm Summilux.

I like the picture, but exposure is clearly off.

Learning 4: Goodbye Digital Crispness

The resolution is just lower. This means that the images loose that digital “pop”. Some of the images come close, but especially when enlarged they don’t really compare.

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Roll #1. Leica M7 with 50mm Summilux.

Perhaps this is the clearest “downside”. On the other hand, all those pop’y, crispy, sharpy digital images are beginning to bore me a bit. I wonder how we will perceive them some years from now.

When moving from digital, your eyes are really well trained at pixel peeping. Even if you tell yourself that you aren’t a pixel peeper. I think accepting this, will be my main challenge.