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film, take one (again)

I was so excited a while ago to pull out my old Pentax Spotmatic, a camera that I learned photography on over 20 years ago, and give it a whirl.  This was my dad's old camera and I remember going around our Brooklyn neighborhood with him, taking pictures of the boats in Sheepshead bay and some other familiar sites.  At the time my brooklyn photos got to be displayed in Macy's window, through my school's photography contest, and I felt famous at 13 years old :)  I can still smell the darkroom chemicals, a wonderful smell that makes me so happy and brings back great memories. So i got a few rolls of Kodak Portra 400, and tried them out on this 40+ year old camera.  Light meter is broken, manual focus on this is HARD, had some technical difficulties and realized how much I have to learn, but I'm ready to accept the challenge. The waiting for film developing and scans is absolute torture!!!  But it's like Christmas morning when you get them back!

In the meantime I found this amazing group, the Film Mama community on Facebook, that welcomed me as a newbie back to film.  Each month we will be posting up some images in a blog circle documenting our film experience.  Take a look below at my first installment, and then go check out Photos by Misty Smith next, and make your way around the circle until you're back here and have seen them all.   Hope you enjoy!

All images taken with Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak Portra 400