Last film camera photograph


Scan of a photograph taken with the last (and only) film camera I had. Any positive elements in the image is the result of unbelievable luck (which can be easily mistaken as “talent”). The grumpy old Nikon was quite a fussy character which I never quite understood. It never got along with its lens. Yet despite the tones of bad photographs I took with it, I never stopped enjoying the process. The only difference with going digital is that I take bad photographs in an environmentally friendly manner🙂

Last film camera

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  1. Thank you guys🙂 After a billion bad photos there should be at least 1 half way decent one😉 I’m not too nostalgic about ditching the old school stuff. It seemed forever to get the pictures developed. THey you got to pay for all the bad ones as well. I guess the digital part will start to bite when the hard drive space runs out.

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  2. Beautiful snap Cerno! Superb composition!😀

    Btw, I wanted to ask you, do you own a scanner or did you get this done at a studio?

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    • I have an old clunker of a scanner that is more than 5 year old. It still wheezes out the odd scan which is far better than blowing money to get a new one…

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    • Thank you😀 No chance of going back to analogue. I gave the old camera away. The costs of film and developing, not to mention the time involved is beyond me. It would be nice to try out a totally manual camera and develop the film on my own. But life is crowding out things like that at the moment. Digital fits into such a life easier and its just as satisfying – if not more.

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  3. Lovely shot!
    I’m in love with the kind of textures and tones you get with film. Which is why I end up spending most of money on film related expenses.😦

    Plus film makes you think before you shoot, unlike digital, where you shoot first think later.

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    • Thank you😀
      Its an expensive way to go about it! Personally I find digital to be quite liberating mostly because I’m not as good as you🙂 If I blast away a few dozen shots I guess at least 1 will catch the moment😉. The immediate feedback is also very handy to get the hang of apertures and shutter speeds. I never fully understood it till I started using a digital SLR.

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      • This is the kind of texture that I can’t see captured in digital which is still clinical and sterile to my untutored eye – but what do I know, I’m still a polaroid man and in the past few years have taken more pleasure looking at the slowly disintergrating polarid on my kitchen wall than any other image!

        Anyway, the reson I write so late, is that the picture immediately reminded me of book of short stories by Pradeep Jeganathan called “At the Water’s Edge” – yes it’s a very literal interpretation but so is the image on cover of the book . If it ever gets a second print run, try to get your picture on the cover!

        Pradeep by the way, blogs, takes photos, cooks , is an anthropologist, writes fiction and is very much a Sri Lankan renaissance man! The stories are good, the title story is brilliant.

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/At-Waters-Edge-Pradeep-Jeganathan/dp/0974883905

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  4. chamira😀 Thank you. Yes the film grain factor does add an organic feel that seems missing in digital art. And its hard as hell to make purely digital stuff have that organic grain.

    I have seem Pradeep’s book but never got around to giving it a closer read. Still find it hard to think of my lucky snaps as publishing material.

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