Monthly Archives: May 2013

Backpacking the Linville Gorge – Roll 1

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So early Tuesday I called the Post Office and had them hold my package instead of delivering it so I’d have it for camping, the guy on the phone wasn’t too happy about it, but he held it so it was all good.¬†Camping went great all in all. The Linville Gorge, more specifically Shortoff, is a beautiful area and if you’re near the NC Appalachian Mountains I highly suggest you go for a day hike or backpacking there.

But on to the negatives and the real reason you’re all here, film photography. The camera came loaded with film when it arrived so I had no idea whether or not it was expired so I shot with that and a second roll of my own. I thought I knew how to load the film but apparently not, so I ended up not shooting anything on the second roll which is pretty depressing but at least I now know how to load film properly.

Most of the photos that I did get back came out overexposed or a little blurry. I’m having a tough time properly focusing the lens and getting a clear with the viewfinder. But I’ve posted a couple of the photos below. The quality on the scans is terrible especially on the first one from the trip, from now I’ll probably just get the scanned cd at Walgreens or I might invest in a new scanner.

 

Thanks for reading,

John

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Introduction

Hey Guys,

Little introduction here. So I’m John Kirby and I’m gonna be a sophomore at the University of South Carolina this year. Photography is something I’ve always been really interested in and I’ve had a Canon DSLR for a couple of years now. I recently just returned from studying abroad in Iceland and it really reignited my passion of photography after I had fallen away from it for well over a year now.

Like most teenage photographers with a nice DSLR I took a million photos, powering off shots at almost everything. But behind these photos there’s no meaning. They’re just photos with no contemplation or reason, only taken because I had a few gigs left on my memory card. In effort to get away from this I decided to invest in a couple of vintage film cameras.

After doing some research I ended up purchasing a Canon AE-1 SLR with an extra lenses and Canon Canonet 28 Rangefinder both for under a $100 and they should come in the mail this week or the next. I’m most excited to actually take time to compose my photos and get something that I’m going to be proud of once developed. This Tuesday my girlfriend and I are going camping in the Linville Gorge and I should have the AE-1 so it’s gonna be an awesome opportunity to get some great first photos with it.

With this blog I hope to document my progress and express my views on film photography as  a way to keep myself active in the art.

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Thanks guys,

John K.

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