I have a couple of confessions to make.
1. I really only took my film camera (Canon AE-1) to Hawaii because it’s a LOT lighter and smaller than my digital. And, it only cost me $39 bucks, so if it fell in to the Pacific Ocean, I couldn’t really be that mad, could I?
2. It actually takes really bomb photos.
3. I’m still figuring out what I’m doing when it comes to film, despite owning a film camera for a couple of years.
I actually only shot one roll of cheapo film in the AE-1 before we left (and THOSE photos were just so not good that they will never see the light of day) so I felt like I was kind of taking a gamble with shooting a few rolls of film on our trip. I could have taken my other film SLR, which is a little nicer and actually HAS proven itself with some good results in the past, but it’s larger, heavier, and uses my “work” lenses that I would definitely not be okay with disappearing into the ocean. Instead, I chose to take my $39 Ebay purchase on an adventure and just see how it went.
I’m actually REALLY excited about how the photos turned out! They’re not perfect, but they are wonderful snapshots to remember our vacation by, and I can’t ask for more than that for a camera that cost less than dinner for two at PF Changs! Here are some of my favorites!
(All images shot on Kodak Portra 400 on Canon AE-1 and scanned by the FIND Lab)