10 months of shooting film

10 months of shooting film

After 10 months of shooting film I have to say I really enjoy the process as well as the final result.  I haven't learned how to process film yet. and I probably never will.  I don't have the time or the desire.   I would rather dedicate my limited free time to taking pictures and posting them here.    I do enjoy that film slows me down and helps me to enjoy the processing of capturing images even more.   I am not sure what exactly causes me to slow down but I like the effect shooting a film camera has on me.  I just walk slower and shoot more carefully than I do when doing a digital camera. Lately I have been reading endless debates and comment streams on other blogs where people are going on and on at each other that you SHOULD do this or you SHOULDN'T shoot that.    This gear is GREAT or this gear SUCKS.   I am pretty happy for people to do whatever they want.   I will occasionally give my advice but who I am to tell people what they should or shouldn't do.   Use whatever makes you happy and helps  you to enjoy shooting more.      Film, and recently my M-Monochrom, has done that for me.

Here are my favorite film shots so far...

Today's configuration: Leica M6J with various lenses and films.

Yellow Flowers
Yellow Flowers

The Sleepers...

Train Sleeping
Train Sleeping

The next five images were captured on the impossible to find Astia 100F.   I was lucky enough to win 45 rolls in an action on eBay so I have more of this to shoot...

Tokyo Taxi Driver
Tokyo Taxi Driver
Purple Flowers
Purple Flowers
Mini Cooper
Mini Cooper
Temple in Tokyo
Temple in Tokyo
Japanese Mailbox
Japanese Mailbox
Ueno Park
Ueno Park

I am heading to California in a few weeks and will be heading to In-N-Out Burger... We need these in Tokyo!

In N Out Burger
In N Out Burger
Shinjuku Station
Shinjuku Station
Tokyo Taxi
Tokyo Taxi
Shinjuku
Shinjuku

#unlucky

Unlucky Strikes
Unlucky Strikes

This is one of my favorite film shots.  I shot this when I got off at NishiNippori Station to go and shoot around Yanaka.

Yanaka Station
Yanaka Station
Roppongi Station
Roppongi Station
Giant Rabbit in Jiyugaoka
Giant Rabbit in Jiyugaoka
Nakameguro
Nakameguro
Tokyo Taxi Driver
Tokyo Taxi Driver
Yanaka
Yanaka

This is my friend Vince Mo from Google...

Vince Mo from Google+
Vince Mo from Google+

As I was taking his photo...along came a butterfly.

Vince Mo from Google+
Vince Mo from Google+

Well played Vince...well played.

Vince Mo from Google+
Vince Mo from Google+

This is one of my favoriate shots from last year.   I plan to hang it in my home...   If you are ever in San Francisco catch the TransAmerica building just as the sun hits the top of it.

Transamerica Building
Transamerica Building

I have also enjoyed the learning experiences with film.   Like rewind the film BEFORE you open the back of the camera...

When you open before rewindiing your film
When you open before rewindiing your film

In case you do this... you don't lose all of your images if you close it quickly but they get a bit 'noisy'.

When you open before rewindiing your film
When you open before rewindiing your film

Based on the number of comments and emails I have gotten a lot of people are interested in shooting film as well.   I have found it a enriching experience and suggest you give it a try as well if you are interested.  Thanks for stopping by today...

Catching Up

Catching Up

Tokyo Snow Storm

Tokyo Snow Storm

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