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Cornucopia On Film

When It comes to shooting, I can never decide whether to go all film or add some digital to the mix. Although that is always the case, I find myself shooting both for the most part. That said, this shoot was a bit different in that I decided to leave my digital camera back home and go all film! 

Model: Meagan Hamilton

Camera: Mamiya RB67

Film: Portra 400 

To be honest, I am almost afraid to admit it... but I believe that my digital camera gives me a sense of security. For those that have shot film, you know as well as I do, there is no chimping when it comes to film. That said, not being a slave to my LCD screen also felt good in that I was free to focus just on my subject and not on constantly checking my screen for results. 

Model: Meagan Hamilton

Camera: Hasselblad 501CM

Film: HP5+ 

Model: Meagan Hamilton

Camera: Hasselblad 501CM

Film: HP5+ 

Now, don't get me wrong... I do have discipline when it comes to controlling that urge to look at my LCD screen after each shot. I am also not saying that one cannot fully interact with their subject when shooting digital. What I am saying is that we as humans-beings, always have that curiosity within us to constantly lean towards instant gratification. Not having a LCD screen, allowed me, at least for this shoot, to just be there in the moment. I would even go as far as to say it allowed me to put myself in automatic mode... to just shoot and go with my gut feeling. 

Model: Meagan Hamilton

Camera: Mamiya RB67

Film: Portra 400 

Alright that is enough self examination for today. =) As far as what I learned from this shoot I would have to say is that I should not feel glued to one format but instead just be who I am with what ever camera I happen to be photographing with that day. My security should lie in myself and in my abilities as a photographer... not in my gear or in some tiny screen. 

Model: Meagan Hamilton

Camera: Hasselblad 501CM

Film: HP5+ 

Model: Meagan Hamilton

Camera: Hasselblad 501CM

Film: HP5+ 

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