I’m taking a really great workshop at The Bloom Forum with Becky Early & Ryan Muirhead on film. I love shooting film but am usually just playing around. There’s definitely a science to exposing correctly with film. There are a lot of numbers involved. Sometimes I use an iPhone app to meter. Sometimes I guess. A lot of the time, I shoot in Av Mode. I’m loving the workshop, I’m loving reading the explanations and lessons from two photographers I really admire & faithfully follow on their blogs, instagram & facebook. It’s been the perfect balance to keeping my nose to the grindstone this week.
Today when Ellie was caroling with Daisies at a nursing home (hey yeah so, first graders don’t really know the words to many Christmas carols; sad but true), I put a movie in for the other two & indulged in the videos and reading I hadn’t caught up on in the workshop. I learned photography this way. Reading tutorials. Watching videos. Getting inspired and antsy to try the techniques myself. Letting my creative brain take over for a while & letting my practical brain just take a little breather. With the hour we had between activities, I ran home, grabbed my film camera & took them to Urban Swirl for frozen yogurt and metering practice. I really rocked it. Took my time. Thought through the numbers. I was all like, “Oh now I’m gonna be such a good film photographer. I’m so smart.”. We ran in to Walgreens to drop it off & it wasn’t winding. Remember winding the film at the end of a roll? It wouldn’t wind!
The sweet girl at the counter got out this rad black tent box thing & let me put the camera in there to take it out. I popped it open and it was already wound. When I went back to get it, she said it was blank. Empty. Nothingness. Some specs on one frame and then just nothing. Fabulous!
So instead of a really rockin’ film image for today, we have this: