Even though I have 31 years of photographs, I have yet to tackle the mildly terrifying project of scanning my old 35 mm film negatives. With my study of photography, I wanted to show where I’ve been and how much I’ve improved; however, I don’t have a digital version of my oldest 35 mm film photographs. Today’s post is among the oldest photos in my digital library.
This photo is part of a day’s outing with my friend John. We took the ferry over to Bainbridge Island, wandered around the shops on the main drag, and took a bunch of photos. Reviewing the photos of this trip, most of them are pretty boring ferry shots to and from Bainbridge, some wacky shots at a park and quite a few water shots. I have a penchant for shooting nature as abstract art. You’ll see plenty of that genre in the future, I assure you.
With digital cameras, you get a plethora of details recorded for each photo. None of these details are available to me for my old film photos. I never was much for technical details, so this is all guess work. Back then, I favored Fuji color film. I probably took this photo with my Pentax P30, although it may have been my trusty old Sears slr. I probably used the standard lens from my Sears camera, but I could have used the Pentax telephoto lens zoomed out. Rather than bother with pesky details like f-stops and aperture, I nearly always shot in auto mode and relied on the camera’s meter to guide me.
The only editing I did to this photo was to crop it a bit. I wanted to keep the backpack in for scale, but I’m not very happy with the legs at the top of the photo. I didn’t like the look of the look of the photo with the legs cropped out, putting the backpack at the top of the frame. However, I didn’t want to spend time painting the legs out just for this post. So, we’ll all just have to live with the disembodied feet.
- Bainbridge Pumpkin