Olympus OM-1

I should have started learning photography by using an SLR instead of a digital piece!

A local photographer was more than kind to let me use one of his old SLRs. He gave me a fully manual and fully mechanical camera from 1971. I was hoping for a semi-auto to get me started but hey, I can’t complain. After starting the shoot, I was actually glad that I got this one.

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Its through-the-lens exposure meter is broken so that made using it a real challenge. At first I was overwhelmed but then I thought what the hell! I wanted to test my understand of exposure and light so I embraced the fact. We’ll see in a few days once I get the prints back. I’m pretty sure most if not all of them are off but this is my first roll and I’m not stopping until I master film photography one way or another.

I can tell you one thing I certainly enjoyed shooting with it. The strudiness of it and the sound of its shutter, everything about it. Taking a photo with my mirroless camera takes a couple of seconds; I can always fix it later. With this one, I have to work it out from all aspects and be patient and considerate of everything before I release the shutter. It demands respect for each photo I plan to take. I guess that’s what I learned from my first time using a SLR.

If I’m lucky and one or two photos from today’s roll are good exposures, I’ll scan and post them once the prints are ready. To be honest, I’m not that optimistic.

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Chill! Have a Cup of Coffee!

Security is a heavy concept. I spent quite a while thinking about how I can deliver my take on it through a photograph. I didn’t go anywhere with my thoughts. So I said to myself: “Chill! get a coffee then you’ll figure it out.”

That was it! Coffee!

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See, I always think too much into things while I don’t really have to. I just needed to take it easy. What was a complicated concept now is a clear idea in my head.

If I think of security as peace of mind and/or happiness, I guess it’d be a number of things I’d feel comfortable and happy doing like having a cup of coffee or shooting photos among other things.

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About the Photos:

I was playing around with presets in Silver Efex Pro and I settled on these with minor edits because they’re soft on the eyes (at least, softer than my own B&W standard). So yeah, Chill!