A few years ago my neighbour gifted me his Nikon F-801s, I gladly accepted it with the intention to really practice my photography skills with it as you're more likely to try and get everything right in camera due to cost of film, slower process of capturing an image, etc..
But my interest in photography fell to the side as I got more and more involved with video, this means the camera I took out with me the most was a DSLR.
So the F-801s just stayed tucked away in a box.
Now as the sun started to show itself amongst the rainy Belgian weather last week, I felt an overwhelming urge to go out and enjoy the weather in a creative way.
This time though, I grabbed the Nikon instead of my GH4, slapped a 35mm f/2.8 on it, loaded up a roll of fuji superia 200 and set out to finally take this vintage, yet surprisingly technologically modern beast of a camera for spin.
From the moment I pressed the shutter for the very first time I was in love with it. The mirror flipping up, the heavy shutter releasing, the sound of the motor advancing the film to the next frame. It felt so satisfying to take a picture with it that I quickly burnt through all 36 exposures.
I got the roll developed and bought an Epson v370 scanner on the way home as I wanted to digitise my images with specific settings so I could do some touch ups and adjustments to the scans in photoshop.
It took about 20 minutes to scan 5 frames at a time. But the first browse through the scanned images was worth the wait.
I still have to test out many different scan settings and methods to accurately convert the negatives to positives in order to really take full advantage of each film's own colour rendering.
Here are a few of my favourites from my first ever roll*
*I have applied some post-processing to the images as some of the raws were not correctly exposed or looked really bland.