My mom has gone through many hobbies in her life. Horseback riding [one of my favorites], scrapbooking, stamping, and photography to name a few. Considering the later of the bunch is slowly becoming one of my favorite hobbies along with cooking- I figured I would see what she had to offer. I mean, that’s what parents are there for right? Mooching.
I knew she had an old [1970’s] Olympus manual slr [single-lens reflex] and I was interested in learning how to use it in hopes of gaining some basic photography skills along the way. I figured if I learned the basics of a slr camera – aperture, light, etc – then I would be able to use my dslr more effectively. In theory.
Long story short, my mom has quite the collection. I was expecting the camera and maybe one or two lenses. Instead, she has five lenses including two macro lenses, a tripod, a flash attachment, and light filters…five of them.
As soon as I bought film and scoured St. Mary’s County for the correct battery, I decided to have a few experimentation photography days. It’s a strange thing to use film- you feel more entitled to make it a great shot. With digital cameras you can be as picture happy as you want and then delete the duds later. It was a test of patience- waiting for the perfect shot, the perfect scene, walking around to find the best way to frame the picture.
I dropped the film off at CVS to be developed- this is literally going to be the first time since middle school I’ve had film developed. Here’s to hoping they don’t turn out blurry/too dark or a combination. More to come soon.