I talk fast, my brain thinks fast (not in a good way like "I can solve incredibly complex math problems" fast....more like "I have way to many random thoughts swirling in my head at one time" fast) and sometimes when I photograph with my digital camera, I feel like I'm shooting way too fast. Click click click click click click click....that happens quite a bit. It's fine for some circumstances (like wedding madness or trying to capture your kids at hyper speed) but I recently discovered that photographing with film is a whole different experience.
Don't get me wrong, shooting with digital is great. The technology is awesome, you can take a crazy amount of photos per memory card, and it provides the instant gratification of seeing your images on the screen mere moments after you take them. There is something about shooting with film though that fills me up. I bought a film camera this year, although I will admit that it sat in the bottom drawer of my desk for about six months because I had no idea what to do with it. One camera manual and many online articles later, I finally took it out for a spin and it was amazing.
There are a limited number of exposures (photos that you can take) on a roll of film and that fact really changes the way you shoot. I took my time, really thought about each image that I wanted to make and, even though it felt totally out of character for me to slow down, it felt good. You plan your photo, take time with your settings, press the shutter button, and then instead of checking your image and worrying if you got it right, you just move on to the next exposure. Don't even get me started on how exciting it was to actually get the photos back once I finished the roll. It was like Christmas! You get to go back through and see the magic that you made and that is pretty freakin' fantastic.
Anyway, here are the photos from my first roll of film. They're nothing fancy and the film I used actually came with the camera I bought off of eBay so I have no idea of its age or quality (my best guess is old and crappy). However, I'm still just excited that they are all mostly in focus and aren't horribly exposed :)