The great thing about taking family photos for good friends? They’re patient enough to let you bust out ye olde Graflex at the end of the shoot.
Day 234: Daily photo failure.
Chad (Camera Simplex / My Leica Year) had a great post a while back about trying different types of cameras and how his doing so led him to discover that a rangefinder was the right camera for him. Along those lines, even if another style or format ultimately isn’t ‘the one’ for you, it’s still an awful lot of fun to try out different types of cameras, and doing so can provide insights into the care and feeding of whichever camera you do end up gravitating to. Thus, while I pretty much have zero view camera aptitude (as evidenced by the photo above, which would’ve been a fail even without my film going gooey; honestly, the damaged film might actually improve it somewhat), I still really enjoy -and learn a lot from- an evening with the Graflex every now and then.
And speaking of learning, tonight I learned (among other things) that if your Fuji instant film was already well past its use-by date when you bought it six months ago off eBay, maybe it’s not the best idea to forget about it in the back seat of your car on a really hot day.
I dragged the Graflex out in public for the first time yesterday. My self-consciousness about my horrible slowness setting up led to a complete failure in composition, but hey, gotta start somewhere.
Also, there’s a fun weekly theme project going on at the365pro(ject) that’s open to all. I’ve been a little low on inspiration lately, so I appreciate the prompting from the themes.
Cold (via mistercakesphotoadventures)