Photographing Timeless Locations with Film

Having grown up in Southern California, Venice Beach has a special place in my heart. Founded in 1905, this is one of those rare communities where people can be themselves. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to spend an afternoon there on a recent family vacation.

Hanging out on the pier at Venice Beach, CA. Photo by Derrick Story.

I also knew that I was going to shoot film that day. So I packed the Pentax Program Plus with a Pentax 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom, and put the camera in Automatic mode. I went with my current favorite film, Kodak ColorPlus 200. In terms of exposure, I let the camera do the heavy lifting. I just wanted to take pictures.

Why this combination? The characteristics of the Kodak film combined with the vibe of the location produced exactly the type of shots I was visualizing. The warm, slightly muted color palette of the film combined with the palm trees rising into the hazy sky made the perfect backdrop for the charismatic residents out for a stroll.

The more I shoot with film, the better I'm becoming at choosing the right medium for the assignment at hand. Many subjects are definitely better suited for digital. But on this cool winter afternoon in Venice Beach, film was the right choice.


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