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I just got around to getting some film from summer processed and scanned. Packing light, I only brought one 35mm camera (the only film camera) with me, as most of my bags were filled with digital capture gear for work.

A point and shoot, Nikon L35 was the tool of choice. I found it at one of the many thrift stores in the Henrietta area near campus. Coincidentally it was a camera I had been seeking for some time, so finding it was quite the treat.

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Besides the L35, I also exposed a roll of Lomography film on a Lomo LC-W, as part of an exhibit at Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Sponsored by Lomo, participants were given a Lomo camera, roll of film, and brief history of the camera for an afternoon. The Lomo is a result of Soviet Era camera works, a matter of simplicity compared to the tools we use today. Auto exposure, "guesstimate" focusing... the user is left with very little control, and for that I enjoy it. The comparison is from driving a tractor trailer to a tricycle in control.

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For many people, the continued usage of film is one that is about control, and specific color palettes, and feelings. For me, its the exact opposite. Exposing on silver-based process, is that for simultaneous care and carelessness. On one side, the user must be very conscious of the the 24 or 36 frames granted to them. On the other, what are expected controls in digital capture (white balance, ISO) are lost. You are forced to work within the strict specifications of what is inside your camera. For me, it is about not worrying about image review, pixels, bits and bytes. Just take the pictures.

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Either way, I'm looking forward to going back to NYC in a week or so, although... probably no film though.

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