Going Analog


Shortly after we moved to Philadelphia in 2011, I purchased my first decent digital camera and have been enjoying learning digital photography ever since. However, I’ve been interested in getting back into film photography for a while, so I recently bought a Lomography Diana F+ (without the flash) as an inexpensive way to give it a try. I used part of my tax refund and, ironically, used it for this analog camera and an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. One step forward and one step back or something.

We had some abnormally warm weather a few weeks ago, and we went for a walk in order for me to test the camera. It took a little getting used to working a film camera again. I can only guess that it’s been at least 15 years since the last time I used one.

I had a roll of 12 pictures, and 11 of them turned out, which I am happy about. I was worried I had forgotten to take the lens cap off or committed some other kind of amateur error. At the end of our walk, we went straight to a photography store to drop off the film to get developed. I got both prints and scans. From now on, I think I’ll usually just go with the scans because I have no idea what I’m actually going to do with the pictures.

Part of the charm of the Diana F+ is that it can be a little unpredictable, and the pictures can have unique features. In addition to the expected vignetting, this camera also has a bit of a red tint on the lower right corner.

One of the first pictures I took was out our apartment window:

As soon as we got outside, I took a picture of the clock outside our apartment building:

Then a shot of one of our favorite neighborhood cafes:

Then a couple of shots from Fitler Square:

I also tested making a double exposure:

I liked the way all of these turned out, but I think my favorite was this shot of the building at 2400 Chestnut Street:

Built in 1979, this building has a retro feel that works well with the retro feel of the camera.

Certainly, these pictures aren’t as “good” as the ones I take with my digital camera, but it was a lot of fun using an actual film camera again.

I started a Flickr album for all the pictures I shoot on film.