Quick confession: I was completely under-rating film. For some reason it hadn’t occurred to me that pictures developed from film could look as clean and crisp as photos from a digital camera. That’s what I get for not using film since the 8th or 9th grade.
Sure, there were some duds, but far fewer than I was expecting. Lesson learned: unless there is ample light, use a tripod. Otherwise you will get pictures a little fuzzy like this:
And then there was this one, which I’m still unsure about:
Can I just claim it as “art”??
For the next roll I will definitely be paying more attention to light. Specifically, direct light. The picture of my cashew brittle was taken inside with indirect light [and a shutter speed of 60]- something that would have been fine with my digital camera, but not so much with the OM-1.
I want to start playing around with some of my mom’s lenses. I only used the 50 mm lens for these shots, and I didn’t use any light filters. I’m hoping to work my way up to the more technical things this baby can do- using what I learned from the last roll of film to the next. Don’t you love how I make-up assignments for myself? I should have been a teacher…
Ok, so now for the better pictures. I haven’t edited these at all so this is just straight from the OM-1 for ya. Some are a little too dark/fuzzy because I was in the shade [or inside] when I took the picture- note to self: don’t do that anymore. One thing I noticed the manual camera does better than my digital one is the focused-blur effect. My Sony will do it, but not to as great an extent as this one can- I’m diggin’ it.
The first few are taken at a wine tasting by Slack Winery, and they were actually really great tasting wines. I say it that way because Maryland isn’t exactly the best climate for growing good grapes. This winery uses grapes from Maryland, Virginia, and New Zealand though so there is a bit more to pull from. The tasting was at a quaint b&b the winery owns on the water. We were lucky to go on a beautiful day.
The second batch was taken down at St. Mary’s College just last week. It’s a beautiful campus if you’ve never been there. Very small, but beautiful. I ventured out just before this cold front hit and Winter decided to show up in Maryland.