Derping Around With a Toy Camera
October 31, 2023
My recent YouTube bender, Nick Carver, has sent me on a minor film-photography bout. Watching him scout, compose, and execute a single frame with surgical precision was kindling for me to start derping around with film. (Seriously – this guy will take days, if not weeks going after a single photo!)
As with any addiction, I need to start small. So I bought a Kodak Ektar H35N. This is the first roll of film (Kodak Ultramax 400) I've ever developed on my own! (Excluding a few disposable cameras I had as a child – but I didn't even know they used film.)
I’ve learned two things in this process that are very “duh“ in retrospect:
- Most people don’t find film novel or particularly exciting. This is likely because anyone older than me grew up with film cameras as the norm, only a handful of years ago. The technology isn’t old enough to be ”cool” just yet – but I feel like it’s getting there with Gen-Z folk like myself!
- These photos look so cool without any post-processing! I now stupidly realize that most modern photo editing attempts to recall aspects of the “film look“. So when you actually use film, you get the cool effect by default. Duh.
All of these photos were shot within the last few weeks, around our apartment / where we live.