The City Of Light on 35mm Film

I want to preface this blog post by stating that I am certainly not a professional photographer, I’ve always had a real interest for photography, but I am by no means the best! As long as I can remember I’ve been trying my best to get the best photos – even buying an old Polaroid off eBay when I was 16 (which I still have, covered in dust FYI) – and my photography skills are still something I’m working at.

I also don’t have the best photography kit right now, but I like what I have. I often find my best pictures are taken on my trusty old iPhone, but my ultimate #1 is obviously the Olympus Pen E-PL7, and even my first generation Go Pro can produce some nice gorgeous photos. You’d think with all this I wouldn’t need to try another camera, BUT this gal decided to give 35mm film a go.

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It’s something I’ve been toying with for a while, and a recent foray into the second-hand-buying app, Depop, introduced me to online shops that had really cheap (and tried-and-tested) film cameras. I decided to take the plunge and buy a beaten-up old Concord Neon camera. Worried that it was more style over substance, I asked for some tech advice from the shop’s owner, and they were happy to help. I would definitely recommend trying a cheaper model for your first go – no point splashing out a few hundreds for a hobby that might not work out!

Anyway, I brought the film camera away with me to Paris to experiment, and below are the shots I had in return… Like I said, they are certainly not perfect, but I love how their non-perfectness makes them look. The photos below are largely #nofilter pictures, but some have been edited slightly using Snapseed, where exposure on the original shot has occasionally been too dark!

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I think it’s safe to say that I’ve learnt with film that my camera works best in daylight, or with it’s flash. I took these two photos around the Eiffel Tower, just as the sun was setting, so technically in ‘golden hour’. I love that even though they’re slightly fuzzy you can still see the effects of the sunlight on the building, or the little fairy lights underneath the restaurant sign.

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That expression on my boyfriends face translates to “oh she’s got that camera out again”… but I have to say he certainly looks pretty cool in all of these pictures! Also, the above shot of the Louvre certainly isn’t great – but I love the lense flare thanks to me pointing the camera essentially directly at the sun.

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The different a camera can make!

The different a camera can make eh? Like I said, I’m still a beginner with film so I probably could’ve set up the above shot better, but you can really see the different when you cmopare it with my Olympus Pen E-PL7, Either way, the of-the-moment, not-sure-what-it’ll-look-like fashion of a film camera is part of the excitement. Half of them might be blurry or over-exposed, but that’s the fun of it!

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Speaking of differences between cameras – not a shot on my iPhone or Olympus Pen could pick up the Eiffel Tower in the background, but there it is on my film shot! This is shot #2 of George looking v cool, and luckily he took a nice one of me too!

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I wasn’t actually going to include the above, but I think with film it’s always best to include the best and the worst of the bunch! Above are a few shots taken on our walk along the River Seine, on a crisp and sunny day (the best kind, am I right?). You can barely see the actual river in the first shot, and the tunnel shot could’ve definitely been better, but it’s part of the fun of experimenting with new cameras I guess!

Anyway, that’s a round up of my film pictures from Paris – it’s a shame I didn’t take anymore! But now I know the camera works, and what I should and shouldn’t do, I feel more confident to bring the camera along on future trips to take more snaps.

Hopefully my next film post will be about Lisbon – watch this space!

Thanks for reading x

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