The contemporary digital age keeps photography fairly simple. Still, you know as well as I that photographers are loaded down with tripods, a couple of bodies, and even a half dozen or so lenses on any given “I’m-actually-packing-quite-light”-type outing; so, packing a film camera or two isn’t going to hurt that much… is it?
Imagine you find yourself in THAT SPOT! That spot where the subject(s) is just right, the set-up is superb, and the lighting – oh the lighting! – is the best golden and low-bent lighting you’ve experienced in weeks. You’ve taken more than your required digital shots, and they all look good in preview. Now, the desert at the end of a good meal: Stow the $1,800 EOS and carefully cap and case that lovely 400mm f/2.8L, and pull out that old Kodak box camera you scored on eBay for $20 or $30.
Film is no better than digital; in fact, it’s worse! In most lighting conditions, you’re bound to waste a few exposures on that roll of 120. But remember, you’re in THAT SPOT! You can go wrong, but you probably wont. You’ve got a roll of ISO 400, a couple of archaic aperture settings, maybe even a shutter speed or two aside from “T” and “B,” and you know that the prints will be beautiful! So, commit! Mount the old Kodak to the tripod or freestyle it in-hand… whichever! Just get the shot on that roll of film; ponder the greatness that you just captured upon a physical material; and, pack the old Kodak away until the next THAT SPOT. After a number of such efforts, you’ll have yourself a roll filled with beautiful exposures, each reflective of all of those THAT SPOT’s, and all ready for development and prints.
Keep the film handy! After all, you don’t want to pass-down .jpg’s to your grandchildren do you?
“Capture that which you wish to never forget” –Slim