coup de coeur
Please allow me to introduce you to the newest member of the Caron family. Little Miss Pentax here joins her brothers and sisters, the Canon Digital Rebel, the SX-70, the Polaroid Land Camera, the Holga, the Kodak Duaflex and the Yashica Electro 35 (also a new addition). If I keep this up, I’m going to have to check myself into the Betty Ford Center equivalent for camera addicts.
I’ve been coveting a Pentax K1000 ever since I started stalking reading The Blue Hour (what can I say, the man inspires me beyond words). So I finally took the plunge and bought one a few weeks ago and it is the best $50 investment I’ve ever made. Isn’t she just the pertiest thing you ever did see?
Since buying my DSLR a couple years ago, I have been trying to recreate that film look and I realize now, of course, that the only true way to get that grain, that feel from another time, that quality I used to see in my dad’s photos, that je ne sais quoi, is to actually shoot film. Duh!
The beauty of this camera is that it is fully automatic and seeing as I have yet to use the manual settings on my Canon, the Pentax is quickly becoming an amazing learning tool. And the sound! Have I told you about the sound? And how there is no better sound in the world than the shutter releasing on a Pentax K1000 and the clicking as you advance the film? Swoon. Not to mention the element of surprise. Not knowing what the photo looks like until days, if not weeks, after you press the shutter*. I’m really appreciating the anticipation.
And last but not least, all the following shots are SOOC (strait out of the camera), unprocessed, no salt or sugar added, pure natural goodness.
I have died and gone to heaven, people!
* Case in point… I was so focused on this stranger’s shirt that I didn’t notice his fantastic smile until the film was developed.