At the end of the year of 2017 I was given a very old film camera by my grandfather. He had originally gotten it for my father back when he was in high school out in Huntington Beach and was taking a photography class. My Opa (Grandpa in Dutch, he is from Holland), knew I was a photographer and wanted to give me the camera. It was very old... It didn't have a brand name plate on it because it broke off after all these years, had some scratches on the body, and was missing a few pieces here and there. He also had a telephoto lens on the body, which was also in some rough shape, could not focus, and had a few big scratches on the glass. I was so excited about it though, I decided to make the best of it. After trying to learn what I could about the camera, and also after getting some great advice from a friend of mine that is an incredible film photographer I took the camera out for a test round! Below are my favorite images I have taken with this camera.
It took some practice, but for the time being I was pretty happy with what I was able to get out of that old camera. But my passion for film had just begun and continues to grow! So for Christmas I want a new film camera. I ended up getting a Nikon FM 35mm SLR and love it! I couldn't be happier with the quality of images it produces and each time I get more excited to shoot. Film photography has completely changed how I view photography and notice things in general. I learned that it is ok if I don't take a photo of everything, and also be to be even more intentional about what I am shooting and setting up the shot. Below are some of my favorite images I have taken with my Nikon FM on FujiFilm 400.