A few days ago I mentioned that my first attempts at analogue photography have come back from the developer, and promised that I would post a few of the results here. As an absolute beginner, and teaching myself by ‘doing’ rather than just by reading, it is something of an eye-opener to see what really comes out of such an experiment. I don’t know whether I can say that I have had a good return on my investment – time and cost – so far, but I’m not exactly disappointed with the results. Of course, not every single frame is a success; some of the shots have movement in the wrong places, some are over and some under-exposed. Some show absolutely nothing of interest whatsoever.
Analogue photography is completely different to digital, not just in that we, the photographers, cannot see the results immediately, but also because nothing is automatic and a good deal more thought and planning needs to go into each shot. Just standing there and rattling off a series in the hope that at least one will be worthwhile is out of the question. I have thirty-six chances with each film, and that is it.
Viktoria Michaelis – 2015
Many will already know this shot from the digital version. I’ve scanned it direct in from the negative and done absolutely nothing to it by way of toning, darkening lines or deepening shadow. When I finally get around to producing my own prints the end result will be darker and have considerably more depth. You can play around with exposure times in the darkroom until the desired image with all its facets appears as a print, but I dislike doing that with a negative, or the scan of a negative. The copies that I had printed are fine, much deeper grey tones, and that is what I will aim for when I come to open my own darkroom.
In the meantime I have a great deal more to learn, and will undoubtedly use up many films before I start to get satisfied with the results. My experimentation with color film was considerably less successful, guess I was still thinking in black and white when I should have tried thinking according to what I could see, but that will come with time too.
Love & Kisses, Viki.