I've been shooting a lot of film lately, and I've fallen in love with the whole process. Among other things, shooting film makes me nostalgic.
When I was younger, I used a point and shoot, but now that I've revisited film, I've learned to work manually with my Nikon F100 SLR. I love it.
I've slowed down, thinking about the frame, composing carefully (as carefully as I can anyway; I'm usually rushed with a 3 year old and a 5 month old baby as my subjects). I love the anticipation, and the hope that I got the shot and that it looks as I've imaged it.
I even like filling out the lab order form, packing my rolls of film, and sending it all in a flat rate box. And then there's the waiting. The waiting for an email from the lab, saying that my scans are ready for download.
I so enjoy the excitement of downloading those files, viewing them, and reliving the day that I shot them. And finally, saving them, and viewing the proof prints in my hand. Very limited editing. No excessive time behind a laptop. More time with my family.
It's the perfect process for me, as a hobbyist, and as the memory keeper for my family.
Sonia uses a mix of 35mm and 120 films in her Nikon F100 or Mamiya 645. Currently, her favorite emulsions include Lomo 800, Portra 160NC, Portra 400, and Fuji 400H.