Since the dawn of the digital age, my Nikon film camera has sat on a shelf in my closet, sad and unused. In its past life, my Nikon came everywhere with me. Now I have a flashy new digital Leica that accompanies me through life.
Jesse vs. Lisa is a new feature on Jesse’s blog. Click here to see the results of the first shoot out. As we were planning for the second shoot out, we decided it would be fun to go old school and shoot film. We found our old film cameras and dusted them off. To my surprise, my camera was fully loaded with Illford 400 speed black and white film! The camera also had a dead battery so I didn’t know how many of the 36 exposures had been shot.
After a trip to West Photo in Minneapolis, I loaded the fresh batteries. The digital display read eight (my favorite number). Did that mean I had taken eight exposures or had eight left? That was an easy question to answer. A shot later I knew I had now taken nine pictures. A short walk with Jesse and Toby took care of the remaining frames.
Shooting the “old fashioned” film reminded me of a few things. One: not everything in life is instant. I tried to look at the back of the camera multiple times to view the shot I had just taken. Two: celebrate the little things like getting 38 exposures on a 36 exposure film canister. Three: anticipation is one of life’s greatest gifts. I can’t wait for the stores to open tomorrow so I can go drop off my film!
Until then, I will ponder. When was film loaded? What is going to develop on the mysterious first eight shots? I hope the film is still good after all this time. For now, I’m experiencing a lesson in patience!