This year I have really got into shooting using film. I think the main reason is that it slows me down and keeps me in the moment. I love that there is no editing and that the imperfections are there to be embraced, the dynamic range and the tones are awesome.
I have been shooting with two film cameras which are both very different to my work Nikon DSLR. I’ve got a Minolta Autocord which is very similar to a Rolleiflex – twin lens waist level “look down” viewfinder. It’s Medium Format and it’s just amazing.
I also decided after a lot of struggling with myself to buy a Leica. An old Leica. An M6. I think mine is from about 1986. It’s amazing – I love using it, the feel of it in my hands and the simplicity (that’s simple controls but not “dummified” automatically simple) it takes no prisoners too.
It’s exciting to use film, the magic of waiting to see what you’ve got, the creativeness while you are shooting – the results when it’s right, my “keeper” rate on film is much higher.
Medium Format images are the square ones – Film is either Kodak Portra 400 or Black and White Tri-X 400.