I’ve shot film for about 5 years now, started from my trip back to northern Vietnam in Dec 2008. Even though I only did digital for about one and a half year, I’m pretty sure I shot way more shots with digital than film (there was a period when I tried out film and also shot digital because I was a student and film processing was really expensive for me). I remember during my first trip to the US for WWDC 2008, I shot about 2,000 photos in a few days. I don’t think I have shot 2,000 photo with films. My longest trip so far was Europe in 28 days, I shot 20-ish rolls, which is about 700-800 photos. Other trips don’t even come close. In a few days I took 3 times the photos I did in 28 days, you do the math.
I didn’t realize at the time I made the switch but now looking back on my film photos on flickr, I do have a more clear memory on how these photos were taken. Just by looking at the photo, I could recall the surrounding scene, the lighting, the sound, my posture, how did I arrive at that spot. Honestly, I could only do that for a few digital photos even though I tried so hard. Maybe it’s because I took way too much time to get a shot with film compare to digital. With digital I could snapped 20 times when I tried to make a shot count in film.
All the technical things aside, now I know I’ll keep doing film as long as they still make them. They do capture more than just the light, they capture the mind.
P/S: Please don’t think I hate digital. I love where digital is going now, low light performance have reached a good enough state that I could bring a digital camera and shoot without flash in almost any lighting (I hate flash). And mirrorless is the way forward guys. As soon as Fuji releases a full frame mirrorless camera and I have enough money to stupidly afford it, I’ll get one. Nikon, we had a good run but I don’t think I would buy another DSLR from you. Maybe a Nikon F6. No, definitely.