My name is Joelynne and I’m a sloppy shooter. I shoot crooked, I choose my settings poorly, I am the victim of motion blur more often than not. I am also a lover of film. All winter long I am so careful with my film shots. It takes me forever to finish a role. I don’t even bother in the low dreary light of Winter, knowing my sloppy shooter syndrome will leave me with a set of fuzzy prints.
I make up for it when Summer comes. Summer, with its generous light and abundant colour. Summer, in which even THIS careless gal can shoot ISO 100 (sort of). Summer is so forgiving to the film photographer, and when my kids grow up they’ll wonder whether they existed between October- May because having  film processed is the only time I ever buy prints.

Here is a glimpse of my Summer on film so far.

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What about you? Do you have a favorite film or camera that’s tagging along this Summer? I’d love to know!



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  1. Jill #
    July 26, 2012

    I love your film shots . . . and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give into that kind of temptation since it frightens the shit out of me. Rock on!

    • joelynnej #
      July 26, 2012

      There is NOTHING to be frightened of. Grab a cheap 35mm and give it a whirl!🙂

      • Jill #
        July 26, 2012

        Nope . . . all you!

  2. Laura Yurs #
    July 26, 2012

    wowza! That is some mighty fine light. I adore that shot of the prayer flags…today i’ll pick up the film cameras and think of you : )

    • joelynnej #
      July 26, 2012

      I want to see some more shots from that Nikon.🙂

  3. July 26, 2012

    I’ve only ever been a digital shooter but have grown a little bit sick & tired of post production. I got hold of a few film cameras from my dad and have decided to have a go, if nothing else I hope it brings some discipline when shooting digital. I’ve never considered myself to be trigger happy and never shoot in continuous mode but I do tend to overshoot. Every frame costs me £’s so every shot is considered and thoughtful. I’ve only shot a few rolls but the bug has got hold of me and I’ve since picked up a few eBay bargains🙂 I’m shooting with 35, 120 and PX70.

    • joelynnej #
      July 26, 2012

      So happy you commented Derek, it brought me to your journal which is absolutely gorgeous. I did find myself wishing those instagram prints were polaroid prints, and wondering what you’d do with a roll of HP5! Hope you post some film work soon.

      I agree with your thoughts on post production. 90% of my digital shots never make it off my cf because I find the post production maddening. I love the sooc results I get on film. I have my scans and prints and away I go, freeing up SO much time.

      • July 28, 2012

        Hi, thanks for the lovely comment.

        The Instagram prints are okay… Better than sitting on the hard drive I guess, but nowhere near a Polaroid😉. I had a little shoot the other evening and I made it film only, no digital. I soon forgot about looking for the reassuring LCD which I’m used to and over reliant on. I love the fact I have zero post production, okay I have to cull, but hopefully that’s it.

  4. July 26, 2012

    Your life looks so beautiful!

    • joelynnej #
      July 26, 2012

      Lol, note I didn’t post any interiors of my Summer and kid ravaged house!😉

  5. July 26, 2012

    Gawd you kill it with film. I watched this slideshow three times!

    • joelynnej #
      July 26, 2012

      Thanks Erika. I really appreciate it. Film’s my first love for sure.

  6. bethanypetrik #
    July 26, 2012

    Beautiful! I’m doing this personal project soon that I was thinking of maybe using some film, but this post has convinced me. I’m totally going for it!

    • joelynnej #
      July 26, 2012

      YES! Go for it! Bethany I would love to see you load up some b+w and use it to show us your beautiful sense of light and shadow. That recent piano shot you did? Holy crap, something like that on film would blow my mind.

  7. allison mcd #
    July 26, 2012

    this has been the summer of film for me too (inspired by you and your shots. thank god i found your stream).
    shooting in shutter priority with the AE-1 is a trip for me … i’m stuck on shooting in Aperture priority on my DSLR. i think it’s time for a class to figure it all out.

    keep the film shots coming!

    • joelynnej #
      July 26, 2012

      As IF! I totally feed off everything you do with the Ae-1.🙂

  8. July 27, 2012

    Yes! I recently got a couple really awesome vintage SLRs from the early 60s that I am madly in love with. It’s funny, when film was my only option it was SO frusterating, but now that I can just do it for fun and know all the moments that NEEDED to be captured are safe on the DSLR, the fun is back!

    My favorite of them all is a Pentax Spotmatic… and it’s heavy as hell and weighs me down everywhere I go. 🙂 The roll I currently have in it I’m pretty sure is loaded wrong and the first half is going to turn out accidentally double (or triple) exposed… 15 years ago when those were all the pictures I had it would have been heartbreaking, but not I’m thrilled and can’t wait to see how crazy they turn out!

    • July 27, 2012

      *but NOW I’m thrilled

      • joelynnej #
        July 30, 2012

        You’re right, I love being able to have the dslr as a back-up. I usually hand it to my husband and then shoot my film, but the security blanket is priceless! I’ve loaded film wrong too, but some of those double exposures can be pleasant surprises!

  9. July 27, 2012

    I’ve played with my film camera a little at the beginning of summer but got caught up with school and stuff and haven’t done any in a while! You’ve inspired me to get the camera back out AND go develop my roll of film that’s finished. Your shots are BEAUTIFUL

    • joelynnej #
      July 30, 2012

      Thanks Shelby! I’d love to see you get your film cam out. Love the hooping shots on your blog by the way (Tiffani who writes here is a hard core hooper).

      • July 31, 2012

        I know she is! haha Tiffani is how I found you guys!

  10. July 27, 2012

    Oh I love these! The dandelion seeds, and the flags are amazing and I’m over the moon for that mad dog truck.
    Favorite film camera – i wish! I spend hours scouring the web for a medium format camera, but for now I’ve got one film camera, my parents’ manual nikkormat with a shot light meter (thank you iphone), and every time I can steal an hour or so to myself on a clear day I go off in search of little houses. Thank you for this friendly reminder to take her out for family outings more often.

    • joelynnej #
      July 30, 2012

      I really like your house series.🙂 Try looking for the mamiya 645. I LOVE it, it’s REALLY affordable (in comparison to the other medium formats), and you can get 15 shots per roll of 120 if you want to stretch your film money a little further. The book Family by Lauren Dukoff is shot in majority on the 645 and it’s gorgeous. Another good bang for your buck is the Yashica-Mat.

  11. July 30, 2012

    I love seeing all your gorgeous film photos in one place. You have such a style of your own, and it works beautifully in a slideshow. I’d love to know what you used to create that slidehow, btw.

    I’ve been toting around a Zero Image 2000 and looking for the perfect shots for it. I posted a few on flickr. I also have a Yashica Electro 35 rangefinder (Spiderman’s camera!) I’ve been trying out. I’m not sure it’s working correctly, which is a stressing me out, because I just got the materials to develop my own black & white, and this was going to be my first roll in that. I’m worried that if the camera didn’t work, I won’t know whether it’s my fault or the camera’s. Means I’m going to have to go shoot a roll of black & white in the Nikon F to try at the same time. My daughter’s been using the Canon AE-1 and doing beautiful work with it.

    • joelynnej #
      July 30, 2012

      Thank you Deirdre, that means a lot to me, I’ve been really trying to work at carving out my style. I created the slideshow within the wordpress post. It’s an option when you upload all your photos to publish in wordpress. Interested to see what you do with the electro. I just grabbed a Canonet and the focusing system is the weirdest. No doubt the whole roll’s nutty.

      • July 31, 2012

        After posting here I was motivated to pick up the rangefinder and figure out what was wrong with it (I was avoiding it because I was afraid of what I might find). I was relieved to find it was just that the battery compartment was just slightly loose, which meant the batteries weren’t connecting (they were brand new batteries, so I hadn’t bothered checking them). Thanks for the impetus! I can’t wait to finish this roll and develop it.

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