My digital work from the Toyo meet can be seen here.
This was shot number one on my first roll of film, Kodak Gold 200. Certainly nothing to write home about, but it confirms the old Nikon body my grandfather gave me was indeed working as expected. Of course, I didn't really know for sure until about a week later when I got my film scans back. In the future I'd very much like to develop my own film but for now all of these shots are straight from Photoworks, an SF shop a good friend recommended.
Slowing down and adjusting from shooting hundreds (or thousands) of photos in a weekend was far more fun than I expected it to be. And as the camera was a gift from my grandpa it made these first shots extra special to me, roaming about towns he'd surely been to before I was ever born, possibly with this very camera in his hand.
Before heading to the Toyo meet the next day I cruised through San Francisco with my lovely lady and a local friend getting familiarized with my new favorite thing: good old fashioned film. I rather liked running around town with my tiny film body and a nifty fifty tucked into my jacket pocket — the feeling reminded me very much of when I bought my first DSLR with a 50mm just over three years ago. Although, that 40D certainly doesn't fit in any pockets.
While I was recording my settings for most shots in a notebook to reference later, I realized I was a strange combination of haphazard and calculated with my shooting. I was rather enjoying the freedom of extremely low expectations and, for example, I didn't bother pulling out a tripod for these shots. After getting my scans back and seeing that my notebook had a scribbled "1/8s" next to shots 11, 12, and 13, I think I might use the tripod I invested in next time.
Before calling it a night, we met up with a couple other friends for some food and some photos with this S13. I've always loved shooting in the rain and was glad one of the film shots of this car turned out. Had I been using some ISO1600 I likely would have taken a few more, but stuck with the 200 I had loaded I didn't bother.
Chances are, if you're on my website, you're here to see more cars. And the Toyo Tires X Super Street meet did not disappoint; hundreds of builds and even more enthusiasts converged at Supreme Detailworks in San Jose. These are some of my favorite photos in and around the show from my first two rolls of film I've ever shot.
After the meet I had to stop by an old favorite spot from when I was going to San Jose State: El Paisa Taqueria. The name has been changed to Araujo's Mexican Grill after the taco truck did so well that they bought the empty lot it would park in and built a restaurant there instead. Back in San Francisco I snapped a few more random shots around the Castro district to fill my second roll before the shop closed. I made it just in time to drop off the two rolls and cruised back to Chico for my last first day of school (woooot).
While I've certainly taken better shots with my digital cameras I could not be happier. Something about the workflow with film really speaks to me. Slowing down while shooting, taking in your surroundings, waiting for passerby to move, the funny looks you get when people realize you're working with film. But chief to all of these things: the anticipation and the authenticity. Shooting digital doesn't even come close.