These following photos mark the official start of our journey with medium format film! After avoiding it for the longest time, Chris finally convinced me to give film a try. Aside from taking my parents’ automatic 35mm camera on school field trips, my photography ventures have always been digital.
After speaking with a trusted friend and tossing around ideas on which medium format cameras were the best to start out on, we decided to get a Yashica Mat 124G. I know most film photographers choose the Contax 645, and while I was drooling over it for a bit, we just couldn’t justify the price tag for what is an experiment (for now, at least ;)). We found the Yashica Mat for a really good price on KEH Camera (btw, if you’re ever looking for used gear, definitely check them out. Our camera looked BRAND NEW when we got it!). We studied Jonathan Canlas’ Film Is Not Dead book, and after taking several deep breaths, shot our first two rolls of medium format film!
First, here’s a (digital) photo of our new baby:
Chris favors Portra 400, while I’ve always loved the look of Fuji 400H. The photos below are all Fuji 400H– we used the roll of Portra for Alex & Chris’ portrait session (film scans will be blogged soon!)– and scanned by the awesome folks at Richard Photo Lab. These were taken at Rutherford Hill Winery in Napa Valley, CA.
We had a picnic overlooking Napa Valley…couldn’t complain! :)