Last blog post I showed some of my digital images from the recently finished Malmö Festival, the annual event held in Malmö, Sweden (for the last 35 years). I took analog shots too during my visits to the event, but I had yet to develop them at the time. I’ve done that now and scanned them as well, so this week’s entry in this blog is all about the analog shots I took, both with my 135 camera (a Canon 650) as well as my 120 camera (a Kiev 60).
Both cameras were loaded with Rollei Retro 400 S, a contrasty film that may have been not quite the right choice for this particular event, since the difference between sunlight and shade on these days was pretty harsh and made for VERY contrasty photos…too contrasty even for me in some cases (especially with the Canon 650). Some of them also turned out dark for some reason; much darker than the situation at the time would have warranted.
I think I will chalk that up to “Pilot Error” rather than anything wrong with the cameras or the film. I must have managed to bungle the settings when I took those pictures - I didn’t compensate enough for the harsh sunlight. Lesson learned for next time around! After all that’s what shooting a lot will do (hopefully)…teach you not to make the same mistakes again, but rather all new and impressive ones!
I’ve picked a few from the two rolls to show below - the square ones are from the medium format camera while the 2 by 3 ones are from the “regular” film camera. The ones from my regular film camera are the ones that are particularly dark and grainy for some reason (again…pilot error). I’ve adjusted them somewhat in LIghtroom, but they’re still not my best works. I figured I’d share them anyway, since I shared my digital shots in my previous blog post.
I’d say that for this particular event, this particular year the digital camera was the better choice. I have no problems saying that…even though I do enjoy my analog photography experiments a lot!