one roll in california

Recently I’ve been looking at how my pictures relate to one another. The flow/sequence photos can have or the similarity between photos taken without the intention of being used together.

2 rolls that I had in my fridge were recently developed. Both had many images in the same roll that related to each other. Right now I have a photo book in the works and the little amount of editing necessary for these rolls was greatly appreciated. One of these rolls was over a year old and has an interesting story, unfortunately it can’t be used in the aforementioned book so I’ll post it here instead.

When I was coming back to the states my layover was in LA. I decided to stay a few days and meet up with a good friend of mine. At the time I was just getting into film photography  (see so I shot one roll in California. It was a roll of ilford sfx 200. This roll was purchased in Japan (summer 2014) and flew to California (through xray machines). Shot in California and then flew again only to sit in my fridge for a year. I’m surprised that pictures actually came out!

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First film shot in America! I remember liking the lighting on the tree. After the photo I went to Panera bread in the background There will be a lot of car pictures in this roll!

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New and old black and white. The car scene in California seems great hopefully I can go back to take more car pictures someday.

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Since I was in the area I had to check out illest ( I love cars and taking pictures of them, if you want to see more of my car pictures check out or rave33clothes on instagram, or keep scrolling…

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Some more snaps

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California roads also seem great for taking a drive in one of the many nice cars you see around.

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I stayed in the Irvine area and it was really nice, the scenery was something I hadn’t seen too much of before.

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I think this roll tells the story of my layover in California. Some of the pictures don’t work as stand alone pictures but paired up its a nice little set. Rather than showing a few individually I’d prefer them to be seen in this order. Editing a project can be really difficult but this was a fun and easy project if you can call it that.

Taken with pentax p-30 50mm 1.7 in and around Irvine California, Ilford 200 sfx film that had seen better days. Scanned with the pakonf135 that helped make the images usable.

How i started to shoot film

I started to first take pictures seriously with a film SLR. Even thought it was about 3 years ago I went with film instead of digital first. Why? Well its a cheaper way to try an SLR camera. I was living in Tokyo at the time and wanted to make the switch to a better camera but I wasn’t sure what I wanted or what to do really. So I picked up a Pentax p30 for 2000 yen or about 20 USD. Instantly I knew it was better than the point and shoot that I was using and took 1 roll of color film had it developed and quickly realized it wasn’t practical for me to shoot film, at that time. After messing around with a digital camera for a while I decided to pick film up again. I continued to use the Pentax p30 with the 50mm 1.7 lens that came on it. It’s really amazing what you can get from that combination. The limitations make you adapt and learn. Having only prime lenses with a moderately fast aperture doesn’t make you overly ambitious when you start. I was lucky that near my house there was a place to develop film and so I shot as much as I could. Film cameras are just lighter and easier to put in your bag, so that’s what I did. I started to get into street photography because I had my camera with me all the time. Plus film just feels right for street. I’ve moved on now from the Pentax to rangefinders. That being said the Pentax p30 with 50mm 1.7 is a great combo and crazy value for money. It’s probably my favorite camera even after shooting Leica. It doesn’t have to be a Pentax though, many companies have similar packages. Any full manual or mostly manual camera with a prime lens would be a great start, I just happened to get the P30 at a local place for cheap.

To anyone wanting to learn photography I would highly recommend film first. If you live somewhere where you can get film developed for you its cheap to get started(though can be expensive if you get serious). Its a good way to try and see if your ready for a higher end digital camera without spending a lot of money. Plus you can put the manual focus lenses on your digital or mirror less cameras (if you have adapters/ same company). If your still a student you should take a photography class at your school! The cheapest way to shoot film by far, but you will work a lot developing it yourself. If none of these apply to you try to find a photography group or someone who shoots film and try to start from there!