Shot some film for a change recently. Been a couple of years since I pretty much had given up on film. Friend gave me a Pentax K1000 that had belonged to her father in law, so I bought a couple of rolls of Kodak Tri-X and decided to shoot at 200 ISO instead of the box speed 400, based on a recommendation from a pro photographer I used to follow on line.

Frankly, I didn’t notice much difference, and it cost 4.00 more per roll to get it processed. Maybe if you are going to print from negatives in a darkroom you can see a difference, but to scan negatives to jpegs and edit digitally, not worth the extra cost. And there is very good film for half the cost of Tri-X out there right now.

Here is my favorite from the two rolls. Digital still works better for me day to day. With the cost of film and processing, it’s more of a luxury item right now.

3 thoughts on “Film

  1. It’s a nice image. Takes me straight to what I remember of the South. I’ve been all over the South, but haven’t been in many of the old industrial / warehouse areas. Only in Richmond. Reminds me of that. I also watched the first few seasons of The Walking Dead – absolutely reminds me of that. Yea, film is a funny thing. I’m hooked, though. I like that there is a fixed number of shots, and you might forget what’s on there by the time you have it processed. I guess I also like the softer focus of the cameras + film.


    1. That was taken in the River District of Danville, Va., where they are gradually restoring the old tobacco warehouses of RJ Reynolds into condos and retail spaces. I will continue to shoot film on occasion, film in the freezer. Have two rolls being processed that I hope will be incorporated into the next zine in some way. My favorite kit right now is my Olympus Pen-f, micro four thirds digital camera, with my old OM 50mm, 1.8 film lens. On the Pen it becomes a 100mm equivalent, but that is my favorite all time lens just because of the soft focus.


      1. Oh, very cool. I’ve always loved warehouse districts. I’m sure some of the workers more familiar with the history would question the romance of it. I’ve been on my share of military bases over the years, and there are always warehouse areas. Federal construction, so it makes sense that a lot of the blueprints were the same. I’m with you on the soft focus. I skip every article or video that starts with “how to make your photos sharper”.


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