About a month ago, I blogged about starting to use film in my photography. I thought I’d reflect a little on how that’s been going for me.

Things have been really taking off for me on film. I’ve had a bunch of rolls of film developed and I like the results. Not the photos, but the results. Not all the pictures turned out, but that’s a little bit of the point. I bought a film camera to slow down and think more about what I’m doing. I can definitely see the difference in shots where I stopped to think about everything first.

Aperture. Focus. Shutter speed. Composition. Each one is critically important to take a great photo. I need much, much more practice before I can reliably nail every one every time.

I’m bringing the same contemplation I have on film back to my digital photography and it’s been helping me a lot. I enjoy digital photography more than I did before.

I’ve been getting up early to photograph the sunrise over Lake Ontario. It’s been wonderful – waking up at 4am and biking for an hour to see something no one else is seeing in quite the same way.

Sunbeams by Ash Furrow on

Admittedly, I’ve caught the gear-acquisition syndrome a bit. I’ve upgraded my digital camera and purchased a used Leica M6. (I have a very understanding wife.) My gadget budget for the rest of the year has been completely depleted, but I couldn’t be happier – learning something new with each photo I take.

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