I was fortunate enough to receive my negatives and CD back from The Darkroom today. This roll I shot with my new Leica M6 and Leica Summarit 35 2.5 lens. Since then I have also purchased a Leica Summarit 50 2.5 lens. The 50 will live on the M6. The 35 will stay on the M8.
After looking at the pics, and comparing to my other film pics taken with the Yashica camera, I can tell you that I love the look of film! It is completely different and I can’t duplicate it in Lightroom 5.
I do shoot ISO 400 film so I have learned, after three rolls, that I will need to underexpose slightly when I shoot. The only adjustment I need to make in Lightroom currently is to cut the highlights slightly so some areas are not blown out. If I underexpose I shouldn’t need to make any adjustments with the next roll of film. I use a higher ISO so I can use a higher shutter speed. In street photography people are moving and I want to be able to freeze the action.
The upside to shooting with film is the look. The downside is the time and expense of shooting film. I have already posted about some of the expenses so I won’t go into that again. If I do not process the film myself it does take time to see the results as I have to send it to The Darkroom in California to be processed. I have looked into processing the negatives myself. It is not difficult but there is some expense involved in buying a processing tank and chemicals etc. If there is not a room that is completely dark a changing bag or tent will have to be purchased too. This is something I may do in the future. The real expense is buying a scanner. That can run $300-40o. I am not sure if I want to do that right now. We will see.
I have shot the last three rolls as an experiment. Now I will begin shooting my next roll looking for some really good subjects. I will post the best ones here on the blog when I can. Undoubtedly it will take a while as shooting with film has slowed me down and made me pickier about what I take a picture of.
Tomorrow I will be posting a pic I took with this last roll of film. I hope you like it.