Kauai on Film

I missed shooting film, so on a recent trip to Kauai with my wife I decided to shoot primarily on film. I ended up shooting 14 rolls of 120 and three rolls of 35 over the span of the week.

I'm not gonna lie, shooting on film is pricey. From buying the film, to processing and scanning and/or printing the costs add up. But there is definitely something about film that I can't quite describe... but I'll try.

I think it's a mental thing. There is just a bit of magic in not seeing the picture immediately after taking it. I actually love this anticipation. It sort of puts you in this state of, "Well, I'm pretty sure I got it, but there's nothing I can do about it now if I didn't." When shooting digital there is no reason to stop shooting. No reason to not immediately try again. I think that sort of takes takes some emotion away from the picture. 

Perhaps it's a bit like life. We all like this thought of instant gratification, but if you keep getting whatever you want instantly, it's just anti-climactic.

Obviously digital isn't going anywhere, and I'm still going to shoot digital because I don't want to go broke, but I am saying the process is different. And I miss the slower process not only with my camera, but in life, too. 

Just slow things down a little.

Anyway, I suppose I can write more on that later.

Here are a number of my favorite shots from Kauai.

I want to go back, and I want to take it slow.

Palm Trees near Kapa'a

Palm Trees near Kapa'a

Waimea Canyon Lookout

Waimea Canyon Lookout

Kapa'a Branch Library - 35mm

Kapa'a Branch Library - 35mm

Soccer in Kapa'a

Soccer in Kapa'a

Burger King and Rooster in Kapa'a

Burger King and Rooster in Kapa'a

Dirt Road to Larsen's Beach

Dirt Road to Larsen's Beach

Choke Dust

Choke Dust

Wind and Palm

Wind and Palm

Crystal Water of Larsen's Beach

Crystal Water of Larsen's Beach

Leaves of Larsen's Beach

Leaves of Larsen's Beach

Tree at Larsen's Beach

Tree at Larsen's Beach

Private Property

Private Property

Larsen's Beach

Larsen's Beach

Secret Beach Crash

Secret Beach Crash

Kilauea Park

Kilauea Park

Three Palms

Three Palms

Jurassic Kahili Ranch

Jurassic Kahili Ranch

Waioli Park

Waioli Park

Home in Kapa'a

Home in Kapa'a

Shooting With Film

So I've decided to go back to shooting film for a bit. I just want to change the way I approach personal projects, I suppose. I've always been one to have a camera with me everywhere I go and just take snaps of things I see but lately I just wasn't happy with what I was shooting, so I thought I needed to change things up and maybe be a little bit more picky with what I shot.

I don't know if that's the right way or the wrong way to do it, but I'm happy shooting some film and seeing film in my fridge again.

-Andy :)

One Palm

One Palm

Two Palm

Two Palm

Three Palm

Three Palm

Dead Flowers

Here's a picture of some dead flowers. My wife and I saw them along the curb outside our apartment door. Funny enough, I still think they are pretty. 

Back in college, I used to work at a flower shop. I worked there for 3 years, I think. It was actually a fun job, except when Valentine's Day and Mother's Day came around. Aside from those two holidays, it was a great place to work.

For the most part, customers were happy because they were buying flowers. 

It smelled nice too.