8 November 2018

Château des Ormes in 35mm part II & a little chat about photography

Do you ever get a sudden burst of enthusiasm for something? Every now and then I have the urge to research some cameras and lenses, knowing full well that the one I want still costs a whopping £1,500-£2,000, so until the heavens open and a lump of cash falls into my lap I'll just aimlessly read-up on various alternatives. That was what I did this afternoon as I sat on the sofa nursing a cold.

Sometimes I despair at the fact that I have such an expensive hobby. Although I believe you don't need to spend thousands on various pieces of equipment or accessories to get a good shot, you will at some point need to invest in new camera bodies and lenses if you want to progress in the field. I've had my beloved Canon EOS 700D for about four years now, and my 50mm lens for two. I feel like I've hit a creative barrier that I simply can't afford to break through just yet. So what alternatives are there?

Fortunately, I've been shooting on a manual film camera for six years and I've come to truly value and appreciate my precious Canon A1 for so many reasons. It has accompanied me all over the planet, its sturdy build has withstood urban jungles and hikes over volcanoes and it never ceases to surprise me: my all-time favourite pictures have been taken on it.

I bought it on eBay for £50, and since then the only upgrade it has had is secondhand a wide-angle lens (£45) purchased just in time for our backpacking trip. Film photography in a way is so much cheaper, (however you do need to keep in mind the cost of development which is around eight pounds for 36 exposures, in which case it can be rather expensive if you're shooting predominantly on film) and more accessible to those who simply do not have the budget for a thousand pound camera body. Because of their affordability compared to digital cameras, I've started looking into different 35mm film cameras, film stock and lenses.

Holly & I have always shot our own pictures, as a hobby but also for our blog. So not only is having a decent digital camera a personal thing, but it's also the main ingredient of The Twins Wardrobe. It's no secret that a huge number of bloggers hire photographers for their visual content now, especially if it's their main source of income - for many it helps elevate their blog quality to a much higher, professional standard (which is to be celebrated!). Since we have always shot our own pictures, and we aren't in a financial position where we can invest in professional assistance with visual content creation, we often fall into that self-doubt trap. Why even bother creating visual content when your standard simply isn't improving?

When this question pops up, my instinct is to turn to film photography. Once again, it can be an expensive investment if you're creating visual content full-time, but since we only shoot on 35mm from time to time it's not a huge issue. Film photography keeps me on my toes: I love shooting on manual and find it so much more rewarding, it always seems to reignite my creative spark when I need it the most.

If I'm so content with my current camera, why do I spend time researching other 35mm ones? Perhaps it's because I like the challenge of film photography, and the idea of getting used to a new manual camera, lens or even a different kind of film, is an exciting one. When things get a little too comfortable in terms of creativity, maybe it's a good idea to shake things up a bit. For instance, I would love to shoot outfit pictures on film, instead of digital. Not for every outfit post, but once or twice a month would be a good start. I've gotten so accustomed to using our film camera for days out, capturing gardens or architecture (mostly due to the wide-angle lens) that I forget I could use it as a means to aesthetically alter our outfit pictures. Do you use any film cameras? Any recommendations?

These pictures were shot at the Château des Ormes this summer. These came out quite grainy, which is one of the reasons why I'd like to try different 35mm film, but I'm happy with the results. The château is stunning and possibly the best one I've visited here so far! These pictures show the exterior of the château, including the adjoining stables, barns and an orangerie often booked for weddings. You can check out our other posts on this location here and here!


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