Film Friday: Weddings
by Michael McFaul
Happy Friday! And with that being said, I’d like to, once gain, contribute to one of my favorite segments on your site, Film Friday. Last Fall you posted a Quick Shot I submitted titled ‘The Breakup w/ the Pentax Spotmatic’, and I wanted to share some images from a wedding that I had the opportunity to be a part of.
I’d say that I truly do love black and white film. To me, it just feels a bit more artistic, photojournalistic…from the grain, to the different tones of black to grey and white that film conveys…I love it. This is all subjective, of course, but it’s what keeps me inspired. 🙂 And the funny thing about b&w film, is that in the past year, I’ve really utilized the darkroom for printing and toying with different methods of making the print…contrast filters, dodge and burn, etc…which in turn have helped me appreciate LR a lot more, cause I loathed PP.
These were edited a bit in LR with dodging, burning and slight cropping, if at all…I think. Hope your readers enjoy them.
Also, if I can add…I love the simplicity of film. Before I got into investment finance (my current FT job), I was in the golf industry as my first FT job straight out of college. Doing golf course management, giving lessons, grounds maintenance, the likes…and while there, I had access to Taylormade golf clubs at times either for free, or at cost. And as you’d might imagine, I’d be switching out clubs 2 to 3 times a year. Always trying to find the next great club and feeling like the current club was never enough…so I burned out and left. Golf was a passion of mine from my first job as a kid, to competition, amateur tournaments, and was a part of my daily life. Yet I walked away from it.
For a while, digital photography was doing the same with me. I went from a simple p&s, to the Panny GX1, then onto the Oly OMD EM5…and yet in between them, non-stop research. Should I go FF, stay with m43rd…Sony, Leica, Fuji…Aaah! Out of a bit of desperation, and to reconnect with my late father, I bought a film camera. And for me, I’m better off for it. I still love the Oly and use it often for family functions…but film has really slowed me down, work more on the artistic side of photography, focus on composition, seizing the moment, and all the other clichés that have been said in the past. And to be honest, they’re somewhat true. Yet at the same time it really allowed me to appreciate the OMD, and realize that it is a capable camera, has everything I need, and to instead focus on acquiring more m43rd lenses…and appreciating PP in LR, too! 🙂
Sorry I went off topic, but hope this tidbit of info can help others who are going through the same thought process. As creative individuals, the biggest doubter/critic, can often times be ourselves. Constantly questioning the uses of our tools, and trying to find new products/methods/whatever that IT is to convey our expressions. If anything, give an old SLR a try. 🙂
As for golf, I’ve probably played 4 full rounds in the past 5 to 6 years. It’s but a distant memory.