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16/52 [die another day] : Analog Ambass”adore”

Yesterday, I tried to think of a good SP for the post this week but I feel like I am playing inspiration catch up from our Las Vegas vacation and then the girls having Spring break. Any angle I tried was meh so I decided to simply grab random objects and practice the art of guessing where the focus is going to fall (my shutter remote batteries died.) I had no intentions of using any of these photos until later in the evening I received an email from Old School Photo Lab with a link to my Vegas film pictures. The excitement and terror shot thru me. You see, while in Las Vegas I noticed the light meter dial on my camera wasn’t working; every image needed to be metered using my iPhone light meter app. Seriously!! Trying to meter, focus, and taking a decent photo when everyone is trying to get somewhere is crazy! Add on taking an instant film photo to the mix and I have never felt so rushed to take a photo in my life. Every click of the shutter had a “please God” attached to it.

There was a moment I thought all was ruined because I noticed I had the wrong ISO set and EV to +2…In SUNNY LAS VEGAS!! The one thing which kept running through my head was a chapter on the film I read in the FILMISNOTDEAD book. Johnathan discusses and demonstrated how Kodak Portra 400 can still properly expose an image even with the EV set to +2 or more. After reading the book I bought more Portra 400 and Fuji 400 Pro. Thankfully this is the film I brought on the trip. If you are new to film, get the FIND book! It’s so worth the money. Here are my messed up settings and broken light meter image:


Realized the meter was broken after walking into the Shark Reef.

Bellagio Conservatory.

Walking up and down the strip.

Recuperating from the buffets and all the walking! Thought it would the drinking and gambling, right. Luckily, I lost a total of $45 the entire trip.

Only in Vegas! 🙂

Some instant film shots using my sx70 and Impossible Project film:

The New PX680 film released today by the Impossible Project. A HUGE HUGE Thank you to Anne for shipping the film over night just so I had it for the trip. I’d say it’s great customer service, but honestly Anne is simply a great person. She is one of the reasons why the Impossible Project is possible. 🙂

To say I’m thrilled the photos turned out is an understatement. The entire trip my digital camera stayed in the hotel room, mostly because my bag was heavy enough, but I was afraid the only photos I would have were my instant film pictures. Those turned out awesome,  but I was looking forward to remembering Vegas through the lens of my Rolleiflex. Now seeing the images, I can breathe a sigh of relief.

I want to end this post with a HUGE Thank you to Old School Photo Lab for giving me the opportunity to be an Analog Ambassador. They are a wonderfully kind bunch of men who were patient, helpful, and a joy to “work” with and always delivered beautiful images. In the past 6-9months since I have been using them to process my film, even before I became an analog ambassador, I have NO complaints whatsoever. Check them out at on twitter and facebook. Also Thank you to the workers at the Impossible Project, if it weren’t for your film I wouldn’t be shooting film at all. Your product made me want to shoot more instant film and eventually branch out to medium format film. All the hard work you do makes it possible for people like me to capture memories, have fun shooting film, and help keep film alive!!

Let YOUR light shine,


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  • Amanda - April 23, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    Your film photos are lovely, Kim!
    Yeah, you can be pretty amazed at what film can do even if your metering is off.
    Love the Impossible shot of the little one in the pool!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 23, 2012 - 3:55 pm

      Thank you Amanda!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - April 19, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    All the colors are gorgeous, so soulful and filled with depth. That is the reason why I love shooting film. I have been leaving my digital in the room more and more, and just shooting film. Always enjoy your photos, and yes I LOVE Old School Photo Lab. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 19, 2012 - 1:50 pm

      @ Renee and Melissa I find myself shooting primarily film on vacations. The only reason I brought my digital camera was to get one photo for my 52 wk project, but then I didn’t do that because we were always on the go. 🙂ReplyCancel

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