Since I like applying old stock photo presets to my digital images, it seemed like a natural step to go back to “the basics” and try taking pictures with 35mm film – Kodak Gold 100 surprisingly still regularly stocked at the local drug store. To embark on this journey I purchased a simplistic camera, built in the 60’s in East Germany: the Exa Ia – recommended to me by a fellow photo enthusiast.
The camera has no bells and whistles: manual focus, shutter speed, aperture setting, done. Nothing is automatic, even rewinding the film is done by hand. That’s also the beauty of it, though. There is something very satisfying about hearing the sound of an actual shutter and winding the film forward. The camera is very simple but also well made. It took me a couple trips, but I managed to find one very well maintained and in great working order.
Despite being so simplistic and working with ISO 100 the camera and the film together are very forgiving – I was expecting shots either entirely black or white – over- or under-exposed – since you can’t review a shot until you’ve taken 35 others and had them all developed.
This is me looking pensive while framing a shot – more likely struggling with the waist level viewfinder, which is inverted. This picture was taken by wedding photographer Kai Pohlkamp.
A friend’s wedding, complete with an old locomotive train as transport from the church to the reception seemed liked an ideal place to test things out, below are few of the excerpts, one photo less forgiving in low light situations. I can’t wait to test some more new (old) film types.