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Cherry Blossom Festival on film

If you remember from this post, my father owned and used a Nikkormat film camera in the 1970s. Well, guess who dusted it off and put it to work recently? This gal. Since I’m lucky enough to live close to Washington, D.C., I’ve been to the festival before and have taken photos of the blossoms time and time again. This time around, I thought I’d try something different in capturing one of my favorite spring time events. All photos are taken with ISO 400 film. Above at left is Jeff, my go-to friend for all things film. I hope everyone has a friend who encourages you to try new things; it’s good for you! Using film again was, I have to say, exhilarating. Finishing off a 24-exposure roll was more gratifying than taking hundreds of digital photos. I certainly won’t be packing my dad’s camera away just yet. I hope I made you proud, dad! P.S. My first and second exposure to manual SLR film cameras. (Pun intended, haha.)


I’m a believer. After the past two weeks, I can tell you that a sure-fire way to learn about ISO, shutter speed and aperture is to go ‘old school’ and use a film SLR camera. No automatic settings there. It’s just you, the camera, and more dials than you know what to do with. Jeff, my unofficial photography coach, literally dropped his vintage Canon AE-1 film SLR in my lap and told me to finish off a roll. Oh, boy. I did a little more than finish off the roll. Jeff’s camera had a 24-exposure roll of film, but the film had ripped and wasn’t winding properly. I ended up taking an extra 16 shots that would never turn out. To make matters worse, Jeff had to open the camera to fix the film, ruining it at the same time. Almost $9 later (the cost for one-hour film developing with digital CD), I walked away with three and a half photos that I took. Lovely. I’m sharing two of them with you on the blog. …