We are OPEN and SHIPPING NORMALLY. Some carriers are delayed, click here for more information.

Shoot Film Co. — In The Frame

In the Frame: Film Photography Interview with John Crane

In the Frame: Film Photography Interview with John Crane

Color film photography by John Crane

All Photos © John Crane, all rights reserved

I am a film photographer in Colorado, USA focusing primarily on travel, scenics, landscape, documentary, etc. It's difficult to summarize my involvement with photography and film because it's such an important part of who I am as a person and an artist. I've been shooting for many years - at times trying to figure out a way to assign greater meaning to justify the compulsion. I travel quite a bit, specifically the Rocky Mountain West, and always have a good many cameras of different formats and flavors with me.

Color landscape photography by film photographer John Crane

So many things, really - again, it's difficult to summarize but here goes: I think the core attraction is it's a tangible, analogue process. As a result of exposing a roll of film you have something in your hand transcending ones and zeros. If feels more like you've just created something new.

Color landscape photography by film photographer John Crane

The natural mechanics of shooting film force a more structured, thoughtful approach to each shutter release. There are consequences; costs associated with it, so one tends to pay closer attention to what's in the frame - which to me - is one of the primary reasons for being "out there" shooting in the first place. Being a student of the world, digesting it one frame at a time. There's much, much more behind it, but that's what comes to mind at the moment.

Color landscape photography by film photographer John Crane
I shoot color and black and white in both medium format and 35mm. An ongoing challenge (compulsion) is to see how far I can push 35mm film.

For my black and white work I've moved back in the darkroom to a more traditional silver wet print process. I gravitate towards the Ilford Delta films, Delta 100, 400, and of course Pan F. For my color work I'm still in love with E6 and have my first rolls of the new Ektachrome ready for the lab.

Color landscape photography by film photographer John Crane
I'm submitting a series of images made this past September in Badlands National Park. These were all made on Velvia 50 with my trusty Nikon F6. Usually I try to structure visits to such places to have more time, but on this day I was just passing through for an afternoon. As it happened conditions were favorable and I feel like I got the most out of a single roll of Velvia.

In this case a long lens was used to isolate various features within the landscape - something I tend to do a lot of. Finding compositions within compositions. With so much natural subject matter to work with it can be a little overwhelming. But scanning the land patiently in beautiful light is a delightful way to spend an afternoon/evening outside.

Color landscape photography by film photographer John Crane

In the Frame: Kir Lykkeberg Film Photographer Interview

In the Frame: Kir Lykkeberg Film Photographer Interview

Portrait by Film Photographer Kir Lykkeberg

Kir Lykkeberg's Website: http://www.klykkeberg.com

Kirk Lykkeberg's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/klykkeberg/

All Photos © Kir Lykkeberg. All rights reserved. Published with permission from the photographer.

My name is Kir Lykkeberg and I am currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Although I like my Danish origins, I do seem to have a chronic wanderlust, and have, besides Copenhagen, lived in both Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Dublin and London within the last 5 years.

I have dabbled with film since I started photographing around 6 years ago. For the past two/three years I have been all analog, only using my digital gear for occasional video work.  

In 2017 I finished a BA in Visual Communication with a focus on Photography. Since then I have been trying to figure out what it is that so attracts me to photography, and somehow find my own visual identity.

Man in grey jacket and pink pants sitting in a chair, photograph by film photographer Kir Lykkeberg

At the moment I am mostly drawn towards portraits. I really enjoy the interplay between me, the photographer and the portrayed, regardless of it being a planned sitting or someone I stop at the street. Circumstances creates, and I very much embrace the fact that you can’t plan everything in life.

I choose to shoot on film out of a love for the medium, the slow pace it keeps me in, and the odd chances for unknown magic it brings.

Film photography by Kir Lykkeberg

Not having endless shots also makes me think more before I press the shutter, which not only comes in handy in the selection process, but also gives me more confidents that I actually know what I am doing, rather than just shoot away and hope something in there must be good.

I especially find film photography rewarding when it comes to portraiture. That fact that neither you nor the portrayed can see the image instantly, seems to keep both more present and in the moment, instead of focusing on the outcome. Also a lot of people find it fascinating with film. I actually had someone I stopped for a portrait, initially saying no, until I took my Rolleiflex from my bag, then he responded; “Oh if it is with that, then it is okay”.

Photography by film photographer Kir Lykkeberg

I mainly shoot medium format film, and occasionally polaroid and 35mm. If it is a planned shoot I bring along my Mamiya RZ67 with that incredible 110mm lens. On trips and everyday adventures I normally bring my Rolleiflex 2,8C.

For 120mm I am allover the place, shooting both positive and negative film, I do however tend to shoot in color, and have done so ever since I started shooting film.  

I absolutely love shooting polaroids, especially peel apart on my Polaroid 600SE. I was heartbroken when Fuji announced pulling fp100 of the market, and praying someone will bring it back. My stash is running dangerously low.

Photography by film photographer Kir Lykkeberg

When I go exploring a new city or country some of my favourite souvenirs are the pictures I take, especially of the people I meet. Shooting on a mediumformat camera makes it a tad difficult sometimes photographing people without them noticing. My solution therefore is simply to ask them. The first word I learn when facing a new language is usually ’photo’, and amazingly that is often enough.  

The photos here are from my latest trip to Paris, a city that will always be special to me, as it was the first place I lived abroad.

Photography by film photographer Kir Lykkeberg

In The Frame: Kim Lim

In The Frame: Kim Lim

Film Photography by Kim Lim

All photos in this post © Kim Lim
Find Kim Lim on:

Tell us about yourself:

Hi! I'm Kim Lim, I am a photographer and one of the owners of a film lab in Manila, Philippines. I used to focus on shooting weddings and events but had to retire because I chose to pursue a new found passion, Sunny16 Lab. These days I like shooting street as my own form of contemplation and meditation. I usually wake up early in the morning and take the train to anywhere, put my headphones on and listen to podcasts whilst on the lookout for anything interesting to shoot. My favorite photographers are Ernst Haas and Saul Leiter.

Currently, I am using my time and energy into creating personal projects, usually photo series/essays.

Film Photography by Kim Lim

What attracts you to photographing with film?

It's simplicity and delayed gratification. I guess, coming from an all digital system... I got tired of getting all the gears but not really using them. With film, I have a simple point and shoot that I can carry around all the time and the limitation of exposure also challenges me to think whether a shot is worth it or not. The opportunity it gives to do more with less.

Film Photography by Kim Lim

What type of gear/film do you tend to gravitate to as of this writing?

Point and shoot film cameras. I have a tiara zoom and an autoboy d5. My all time favorite however is my Contax 137ma. I currently have a stash of Fuji Industrial 100. I might hoard high speed films soon. Cinestill is still one of my favorites... but part of my new year's resolution is not to stay broke whilst shooting film so i am helping myself with budget friendly films... hahaha

Film Photography by Kim Lim

Tell us about the work you're submitting.

These are some frames from my current photo series called B L U E. I'm planning to release it March 2019 but hey, first look for themikepadua. :)

Film Photography by Kim Lim

I was traveling with my friends whom I haven't seen in a long time. We caught up with how our lives are going and a common experience is that we all went through depression and anxiety. This was completely unplanned, I just thought the pool from the beach resort we were staying was "aesthetically" pleasing so I asked my two friends to model for me. That's it, i thought I'd use the color theme blue as it is often used to describe feelings of loneliness but it is also said that being surrounded by blue gives you feelings of peace.

Shot with Tiara Zoom and Fujifilm Industrial 100 // Western Samar, Philippines.

Film Photography by Kim Lim

In The Frame: Film Photographer Henry Giddens

In The Frame: Film Photographer Henry Giddens

Henry Giddens Film Photography ShootFilmCo
All photos © Henry Giddens
Instagram @kinghenry11

My name is Henry Giddens. I live in Austin TX, and I love shooting film. My passion is skateboarding, that's where the majority of my photos come from. The best people in my live, and the coolest places I've been are because of skateboarding. I capture these people and places and all the activities that come along with film photography.

Henry Giddens Film Photography ShootFilmCo


What attracts you to photographing with film? The suspense! Shooting multiple rolls not knowing if they will come out like you really want. And then you get the rolls back, and you see photos you don't even remember shooting. It's always a beautiful surprise.

Henry Giddens Film Photography ShootFilmCo
What type of gear/film do you tend to gravitate to as of this writing? Minolta 7x, Canon telmax point and shoot

Henry Giddens Film Photography ShootFilmCo

Tell us about the work you're submitting. These photos are some that I totally forgot I shot, that came out better than expected. I like to think that there is no "right" way to shoot a photo. Your camera is your canvas and as an artist you can do and use it however the hell you want to.

Henry Giddens Film Photography ShootFilmCo

 

In The Frame: John Helmuth

In The Frame: John Helmuth

 

John Helmuth - ShootFilmCo In The Frame

All Photos © John Helmuth
Instagram: @jhelmuth87

 My name is John Helmuth. I'm currently living in Philadelphia, but grew up right over the bridge in South Jersey. I graduated from the University of the Arts in 2011 with a BA in Graphic Design. I've been a film photographer since 2000-2001 when I got my first film camera, a Canon AE-1p. I stopped shooting film for a long time to get more digital work, but ended up selling all of my digital gear to invest in some Leica gear about 2 years ago. Most of my freelance work is shooting classic cars and classic car shows / events, but since I live in Philadelphia I always find myself shooting around the city focusing on whatever catches my eye. People, architecture, signage, all different things. I also usually travel with a batch of film whenever I'm on vacation.

John Helmuth - ShootFilmCo In The Frame

I ended up getting back into film photography a few years ago after taking a long break because I found my digital work more or less getting lost in the sea of digital photography online. I was able to get a better a response from my film work while continuing to photograph the same things I shot with digital. On top of getting more recognition for my film work, I love geeking out and getting into the more technical side of film. Absolutely love finding my favorite black and white films, using certain color films for certain times of day, pushing film to gain more light and texture and making the subjects of my images feel like they're from another space and time by just using certain types of film. Not to mention making new friends and being included in the film photography community.

My Domke F-5XB is filled with a Leica M6TTL .85 with matching leicavit, Voigtlander 35mm f1.4, Summarit 50mm f2.4, Tele-Elmarit 90mm f2.8, all BW XS-Pro filters, and a Yashica T2 point-and-shoot.

The first image is a photo of a 1949 Mercury that was shot in the Philadelphia Navy Yard in front of a retired aircraft carrier. This was photographed for the Jalopy Journal. I wanted to photograph this car surrounded by interesting elements of the city the car was original from.  I shot this image on Portra 400 around dusk. It was shot with a Leica M5 with an early 60s Summicron 90mm f2 lens.

The second image is a photo of my cousin on a smoke break outside of our beach house. Her positioning in front of the window, the back-lite glow, the framing of the plants around the window, and the timing of having my film camera loaded with black and white TMax 400 were all by chance. This caught my eye immediately. One of my all-time favorite BW shots. Shot with a Sears 35RF.

John Helmuth - ShootFilmCo In The Frame

The third image is a night photo of a motel called the Beach Comber located at the beach town of Wildwood, New Jersey. This town is packed with retro motels stuck in time. Many of their original neon signs still glow in the night. This specific motel was the main headquarters of the car club The Oilers during The Race of Gentlemen, which is a motorcycle and automobile racing event on the Wildwood beach showcasing all pre-WW2 motorcycles and cars. This was shot on a Leica Minilux with Portra 800.