Monterey on Film, Part 1

I picked up my developed film rolls today, and the negative scans I ordered to see how many of the shots were any good.  Turns out, I have become a pro in analog photography in the past few years because guys, these are really good (if I do say so myself).  Given that the cameras are far from professional and the scans are rather puny (due to pricing, shooting film is goddamn expensive), I can't be happier.

Now, these are the photos taken with my Nikon FM2 on a Fujicolor Pro 400, a kind of film I use for the first time.  I'm quite impressed with how smooth it is despite the noise from the fairly high ISO.  The tones are so very Fuji, especially the yellows/oranges and the greens, and I have to say that I expected darker images at low-light settings, but again, I was surprised to find it all perfectly in  a lovely low-fi balance.

This is because I have gotten much savvier when I deal with exposure (and for the first photo of the roses I used my DSLR as a big giant light meter).  I feel great about properly gauging the intensity of the light - both in bright sunshine and in overcast conditions, and adjusting the camera settings accordingly.  And in the entire roll, I have a mere two or three photos with focusing issues, and none completely out of focus.

My only shortcoming remains forgetting to close the aperture - I am known to almost always shoot wide open (the wider, the better, and oh how I wish I had an f/1.2 lens...) - when I shoot landscapes,but hey-ho, what are you going to do about it.

Also, a few non-technical details about the content.  My mother-in-law might get upset with me for posting her portrait but I'll risk it - I love this photo.  My other favorite is of the love-seat by the window showing such a great contrast between natural and artificial light.  The image of Julian showed in profile is taken by my 3 year old son.  And that vinyl record of Nirvana?  I own it now.

All in all, I am ecstatic to share those with you.  Enjoy!

P.S.  This is not the original crop of the photos, but it's almost impossible to find a good ratio in a collage.


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