|Gear: Canon A-1 w/ FD 50mm F1.8
Film: Kodak Portra 400
Dev + Scan: The Black and White Box ( @theblackandwhitebox) Auckland, NZ
Hi, I'm Samir Brown, I work as a food technologist in the beverage industry here in New Zealand. Upon finishing university last year I was looking to get into photography but was unsure of how and when to start. I had always just taken pictures on my phone and posted them to Instagram and while it was ok at the time, it started to slowly feel unfulfilling. Due to this, I felt that digital wouldn't be the right direction for me as it just felt too instant with the ability to take pictures and share it to get "likes" for instant gratification.
I wasn't really sure where to start but luckily my girlfriend bought me an Olympus mju zoom 140 for Christmas. I had only shot one roll with it during our trips to the beach but I had found it to be quite therapeutic and a creative outlet.
The photos below were shot on my Canon A1 W/ Canon FD Lens 50mm f.18 using Portra 400. It was developed and scanned at the black and white box (@theblackandwhitebox) in Auckland, NZ. This is the second roll of film I've ever shot, but first with my Canon A1.
The photos taken are from one of the last days of summer here in New Zealand. They are taken along the Mercer Bay Track and Piha Beach in West Auckland. My goal while shooting was just to capture what summer is like here in NZ.
In my short time of shooting film (only done like 4 rolls), I've learned that film is somewhat restricting however this has resulted in me being more immersed in my surroundings and the experience and I hope this translates into the pictures I've taken.
I guess shooting film or photography, in general, is still quite hard/new to me just coming from mobile. However, the Canon A-1 having different modes (especially auto mode) has really allowed me to ease into shooting film.
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