Murfreesboro, TN | February 7, 2015

It’s been a minute. I’ve been shooting a lot of film lately. Just 35mm for now on my Nikkormat FTn, though I’m planning to plunge into medium format soon. I was given the challenge to shoot something other than what I get from Walgreens (Fuji Superia 400) so I went to bandh.com and went down the list.  I loaded up some Kodak Ektar 100 and a roll of Superia 400 (because I’m a creature of habit), along with my Nikkor SC 50mm lens and headed out to an Instameet in Murfreesboro.

I had been shooting some Ilford Delta 3200 the night before and I had some leftover to shoot during the day. It was a gorgeous sunny spring day in February so I anticipated a ton of grain.

Met this local artist snapping shots of storefronts.
Met this local artist snapping shots of storefronts.

To be fair, I got a lot of grain, but I still really like the character it gives these shots.

Ryan's pose for every photo.
Ryan’s pose for every photo.
A truck pulled up next to me in the free parking lot and these guys pulled a box out of the bed of the pickup and proceeded to grind it.
A truck pulled up next to me in the free parking lot and these guys pulled a box out of the bed of the pickup and proceeded to grind it.
John always looks at the camera with a Ryan Gosling "Hey Girl" look. We give him crap for it.
John always looks at the camera with a Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” look. We give him crap for it.
When we come up in your town, we roll deep.
When we come up in your town, we roll deep.
The trade off from the grain is that I can set the shutter to be incredibly fast and capture the moment a sudden gust of wind makes Sulli here burst into laughter as her hair goes flying.
The trade off from the grain is that I can set the shutter to be incredibly fast and capture the moment a sudden gust of wind makes Sulli here burst into laughter as her hair goes flying.
I like how the grain almost makes this look like a black and white expressionist painting.
I like how the grain almost makes this look like a black and white expressionist painting.

Shooting Ektar was a lot of fun and I love the cinematic look I get from this film.

Shot through the slats of a stairway railing.
Shot through the slats of a stairway railing.
Claire was actually only a few inches off the ground, but still, looked cool.
Claire was actually only a few inches off the ground, but still, looked cool.
We let the young people risk their necks for our photos. Eric bravely climbed this wall for us.
We let the young people risk their necks for our photos. Eric bravely climbed this wall for us.
Sulli was walking by the creek taking nature photos when she stepped in some amazing light. I think I said "don't freakin' move" before I shot this.
Sulli was walking by the creek taking nature photos when she stepped in some amazing light. I think I said “don’t freakin’ move” before I shot this.
We didn't get the memo that someone would come make us guys all look bad. That someone is James Roquemore.
We didn’t get the memo that someone would come make us guys all look bad. That someone is James Roquemore.
Another "Don't Freakin' Move" moment. Also the Nikkor SC 50mm lens I was using has such paper thin depth of field, some parts of her face are in focus while others aren't. Still dig the shot.
Another “Don’t Freakin’ Move” moment. Also the Nikkor SC 50mm lens I was using has such paper thin depth of field, some parts of her face are in focus while others aren’t. Still dig the shot.
Sometimes I intentionally go about getting goofy candids and sometimes the subject just decides to waste my exposure by cracking up right as I click the shutter. Alex is one of these.
Sometimes I intentionally go about getting goofy candids and sometimes the subject just decides to waste my exposure by cracking up right as I click the shutter. Alex is one of these.
Love the way Ektar brings out tones in the skin and makes that water look glorious. Also crazy bokeh all over the place.
Love the way Ektar brings out tones in the skin and makes that water look glorious. Also crazy bokeh all over the place.
We tried to help John out by setting up an instagram account called thenashvillebachelor featuring our favorite pictures of him with quotes that would cause the ladies to all come running, he made us take it down.
We tried to help John out by setting up an instagram account called thenashvillebachelor featuring our favorite pictures of him with quotes that would cause the ladies to all come running, he made us take it down.
Jonathan and I take this photo of each other every time we meet.
Jonathan and I take this photo of each other every time we meet.

So a rather successful day, I think. There’s something about shooting film that heightens the level of my craft. I learn constantly from digital photography, but sometimes slowing down and limiting oneself to a particular stock with only 36 exposures, creates the necessary pressure to propel forward creatively. Also, I’m biased, but it’s WAY prettier y’all. Shoot film.

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