Testing 1…2…

Ellen’s family (her mother, grandfather, and uncle) used to be quite the photography enthusiasts. Her grandfather and uncle even had their own little dark rooms for processing film and photographs. I think that is pretty rad. When Ellen turned 16 her grandfather gave her the camera that he used to always shoot on. Its an old Canon AE-1 SLR. It’s pretty cool. We have obviously had the camera since we have been married, but we have never picked it up, loaded it with film and shot with it. Which is a shame because it is in great condition. He gave her a telephoto lens that is still in the plastic wrapper, sandwiched in the styrofoam, and tucked away in the box. The man took care of his things.:)So I decided to load it up and see what it could do. I bought 800 ISO film (high speed=grainy=a little character). I had a lot of fun with it, however there was a bit of wrestling involved. This bad boy doesn’t have all the bells and whistles. There was a bit of guess and check (rather guess and wait until the film is developed). But overall I enjoyed carrying around this little gem, listening to the manual mechanics of advancing the film, and the clankity clank of the shutter moving. Here are a few photos from my meandering with the old AE-1. I should have taken notes for the exposures but oh well: 800 speed film and a 55mm 1.4 lens. Here are a couple of my favorites…(and obviously this was the weekend Ellen led music)

Above is my favorite.

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