Written & Photographed by Colleen MacMillan I traveled to Ireland last summer to attend a workshop taught by Christina Blanarovich & Julie Paisley. My grandfather immigrated from Ireland in his youth and I’ve always had a passion for traveling there. Before and after the workshop I was able to spend time in Dublin on my own….
Written & Photographed by Léa Jones
These photos were taken at my local market in the town of Yssingeaux. Yssingeaux is in Auvergne, which is right in the center of France. I love the hills, pine trees and stone houses of this area. Of course, being French, one my favorite activities is going to the market. My mom used to take us every week, and we would buy everything from the market: fruit, veggies, cheese, bread and even clothes and shoes. Going to the market is not time efficient, but it is part of the slower pace of life that we enjoy when we spend our summers in France.
I love that I get to meet the local farmers. I noticed this year that there were a lot more young farmers selling organic products like honey and bread. There is always the “Poissonnier” who sells fish, and the ‘Fromager” with a nice selection of delicious (and smelly) cheeses, which I am happy to sample, and then you have local crafts like pottery. This time there were also selling ducks and rabbits and chickens. After 3 hours of strolling, tasting, and buying lovely fresh food, I am delighted to head home with my arms full of peaches, lettuce and courgettes.
If you ever travel to France, always look up the local market, however small the village you are in, chances are there will be a market with the essentials to take you through a week of French living.
Words & Photography: Aline Lange
From October to November 2015 I spent 4 weeks exploring Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & South Africa. My favourite aspect was simple seeing animals freely in their habitat! I don’t think I ever want to go to a zoo again! Elephants walk from waterhole to waterhole, lions rest in the shade, springboks everywhere. I just loved it! I traveled with a group from Germany (Marco Polo Young Line). Most nights we camped with our own tents.
Film | Fuji Superia 200 & 800, Kodak Portra 160.
Camera | Canon 300
Dev/Scan | meinfilmlab.de
I am in love with life and especially with travelling! Being self employed as a photographer allows me to go anytime anywhere.. well, If my accounts says ‘Yes’ as well! My favourite place is Australia as I have lived here before, I call it my second home. Otherwise just anywhere in the world where I feel good! I love eating good food – I am a sushi addict – and enjoying a good glass of wine.
Words & Photography: Cori Beddoes
Favourite things about Venice? I love the fish market. And wandering around the not so tourist areas. Markets and getting lost are the two things I always advise when asked about travelling to any new place. Both give you an idea of local culture and there’s always secret unexpected adventures off the beaten track. Restaurants, of course, are one of the best things to stumble upon and I always find the best meals at small joints tucked away in the corners of cities, away from the crowds. In Venice, always drink at least one Spritz. The typical Spritz is made with Prosecco, Aperol, sparkling water and a flavourful orange slice for garnish. But go away from the norm, and try it with Campari or Cynar rather than Aperol, which are less sweet and more bitter. To eat? Fish, obviously. Pasta al nero di sepia, squid ink pasta served with cuttlefish, is a personal fave.
Camera | Olympus OM-1n
Film | Fuji NHG 800, Fuji Superior 400, Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Gold 400
Lab | Caribou Film Lab
During my stay in Austin, Texas, I did a one day road trip in the Texas Hill Country and brought along my beloved Pentax 645N to document the journey. The scenic 360km trip took me from Austin to the picturesque town of Fredericksburg and then South on the route to Kerrville where I went a little off track yet was happy to do so, as it meant coming across a herd of bisons. The weather took a rainy turn so my trip got cut a little short, but I really enjoyed cruising the Hill Country. If you’re ever in the heart of Texas, it’s a day trip not to be missed!
Camera | Pentax 645N
Film | Kodak Portra 400
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab
Feather & Film came about, due not just to our love of travel and film (clearly they’re biggies!) – but also because we want to stand up and support the film medium. We want to get more people shooting film – we want to keep film alive!
So we have decided to add much more content to this site that will help that. Such as why shoot film, How to shoot film and resources to get you going. ANY questions you have to get you shooting film – just ask us! Head over to our Facebook page and we can also open up your questions to our lovely followers – a lot are massive film fans too!
We’re so so happy to share with you this great Q&A with Cat from Ekkleboom-White Photography who decided to give film a go on her recent travels.
Enjoy – it’s great to hear the views from a new film shooter!
Please introduce yourself! Where are you based, what do you shoot? What medium do you usually shoot with?
I’m Cat. I’m originally from Bury St Edmunds in the UK, but I’m now living in Innsbruck Austria. My main area of photography is weddings but I love travelling and being out in the mountains – so naturally I want to take pictures of that too. I usually shoot with a DSLR accompanied by many different lenses.
Why did you decide to shoot film for your holiday? Was it your first time?
We’d love to know of any struggles you found when it came to shooting film. Please share.
What do you love about film? What don’t you like?
Looking at my final images, I really love the colours that have come out on the scans. Many of the images are imperfect in many ways, whether the focus was a bit softer or they are a bit grainy, but there is something really lovely and authentic about that.
The main thing that I don’t like is that I worry that if I didn’t get the shot, I will have nothing to show for my efforts. At least with digital you can check the back of the camera and take the shot again. With film, if you get it wrong, you don’t find out until after you’ve paid and waited for it to be developed. The costs associated with buying and developing the film are the main things that put me off.
What camera, film and lab did you use? Any reason why you chose these ones?
The camera I used was an Olympus OM-10, with a 50mm f/1.8 and a 135mm f/3.5 lens. It used to belong to my Grandfather, and it was really special to think that it was the same camera he used to take some of the beautiful photographs that I have of my Grandmother and Mum.
I took 4 rolls of film with me to Italy. Two of them were expired rolls of Fuji Superia 400 that were about 2 years out of date. The other two were Kodak Gold 400 that I got from the local camera store. My film choices were simply what I already had and what was cheap in the camera shop since I didn’t want to spend a lot on film if the camera didn’t even work.
I sent the films to the UK Film Lab, as I’d heard wonderful things about them from other photographers and from the European Wedding Congress that I attended in the Netherlands last year.
How did shooting film compare to shooting digital?
“With a digital camera you get so used to taking a shot, looking at the back of the camera, analysing it and taking the shot again but with film you really have to think BEFORE you press the shutter.”
Do you think you will do it again?
Absolutely. I really enjoyed it, even though the thought crossed my mind a few times that I could get home and find out I still had blank rolls of film and nothing to show from my trip. I loved the feeling of slowing everything down and focusing on each frame, especially since I’m quite a hectic person normally. It’s almost like meditation (if you don’t count the getting angry at tourists part!)
Do you think this experience has made you want to shoot more film – not just on trips – but as part of your professional and personal photography?
Definitely. I don’t think I’ll be doing it in my wedding photography any time soon but I’d really like to use more film in my personal photography. My next goal is to get some black and white film and do some street photography around Innsbruck. I don’t think I’ll shoot it that often as it gets quite expensive with all of the film and development, but it was certainly not a one-off experience. I’ve even had a look online to see if I can find a Canon SLR that will work with my other Canon lenses, although I am rather attached to my Grandad’s beautiful old camera.
Any advice to those out there who are interested in film but not sure where to start?
Any good resources you found?
Except googling the camera manual, I didn’t really look to any resources. I wanted to just find my way by myself.
How did the process affect the way you photographed your trip? Was the outcome what you expected?
Going in to this holiday, I was thinking less about the final images (as I was rather pessimistic that they would be rubbish anyway) and more about the whole process and experience of shooting film. I really loved the feeling of travelling lightly, just me and my camera, a spare roll of film and a second lens in my bag. Even with a spare lens, my bag was so light compare to the massive DSLR and heavy lenses that I would normally carry.
The biggest difference I feel was that because I knew that my shots were limited, I would often take up to ten minutes trying to compose a shot, only to decide in the end that I didn’t think it was going to work and ended up not taking a picture after all – much to the annoyance of my husband!
Although I wanted to get some great creative shots on film, I did often find myself playing it safe and going for the “tourist postcard” shots as I always decided at the last minute a safe shot was better than an experimental one that went wrong.
Tell us a bit about your holiday! We’re nosey like that.
Living in Innsbruck, we’re only 30 minutes from the Italian border, so for the Autumn we planned a little road trip down to Italy for a few days in October. Our first stop was Milan, as we wanted to visit the EXPO. Although the EXPO itself was interesting, the masses of people around Milan was a bit to much for us, so we headed down to the coast to visit the Cinque Terre. This national park contains five postcard perfect fishing villages that are set along the dramatic coastline. Although we arrived by car, we left the car at one end and took the train that travels along the coast between the villages, passing through tunnels and over the cliffs. We completely fell in love with the brightly coloured houses and narrow streets, placed perfectly on the steep rising cliffside.
Not wanting to leave the Cinque Terre, our next main destination was Florence, via Pisa for one night, as I’ve always wanted to see the leaning tower. Most people come only to see the tower, and it’s hard not get get a photo of it without someone rocking the typical “holding up the tower” pose, but the other buildings that surround it are also beautiful and are definitely worth taking the time to look around.
Leaving Pisa, but staying in the Tuscany region, we drove up to Florence. My husband has visited Florence a few times before and had said that he wanted to take me there one day, but honestly it was never really somewhere that had been on my radar. Not really having a plan of action, we jumped on the tram from our hotel and headed in to the city. Not really paying attention, we marched in to the Piazza del Duomo while I still had one eye on the shops in a little side street. With a little nudge, I looked up and I honestly felt speechless at what I saw. Never did I expect to see such incredibly ornate, colourful details. The Duomo was possibly one of the most amazing pieces of architecture (and art) that I have ever seen, and I had to just stand there and take it all in for a while. Once I was ready to move on, we wandered the streets of Florence, discovering little alleyways that led to colourful boutiques, more ornate churches and towers and look-out points over the city.
As we started to head back north, our penultimate stop on the trip was Bologna. The streets and buildings here are perfectly coordinated in varying shades of orange, cream and brown, giving it a really warm feeling even in the cooler month of October. We only had a few hours here, so we climbed to the top of the tower and watched the sunrise over the city. Although Pisa is famous for it’s leaning tower, it seems that very few of the buildings in Italy are even close to being straight, including many in Bologna.
On our last day we decided to break our journey back to Innsbruck by stopping off at Mantua, and we were so glad that we did. Mantua is surrounded by three lakes and has magnificent palaces and cobbled streets to discover. Much less touristy than most of our other destinations, in Mantua it felt like we were experiencing a little slice of Italian life.
Photography & Words: Sophie Epton
I absolutely loved traveling through the quaint and peaceful streets in the Chelsea/ Kensington area, especially capturing so many moments with my film camera. All the little details were so much fun to shoot, and now provide a small but exquisite reminder of our time there that we can always remember.
Camera | Contax 645
Film | Fuji 400H
Lab | Richard Photo Lab
Sophie is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX. Together with her husband, Jordan (they are a husband and wife team and absolutely love working side by side!) they travel the world to photograph life’s most meaningful moments. Sophie is a wanderlust addict, always looking forward to a new place to travel. Constantly chasing the best light, new cities and the perfect dessert!
In case you don’t know, we have started a Feather & Film Project where we share our love of both film and travel with you all!
In this year long project we have teamed up with Ilford who have been kind enough to share their awesome Disposable film cameras with us (and you!) and the incredible Carmencita Film Lab who will be developing and scanning all the lovely rolls of film.
This project is for anyone! From the ‘never shot film before’ people, all the way to the ‘love it, swear by it and wouldn’t ever return to digital photography’ people! It’s so easy to forget how fun it is to shoot a disposable camera. They come out with interesting, unexpected and amazing results!
Our first camera travelled to the West Coast USA for a road trip with two non film shooters Joe & Lily, check it out, there’s some really great shots here. Our favourite being the city view shot, let us know what you think and if you’d also like to take part!
Joe & Lily. Their trip & their thoughts on shooting with film!
We started our trip staying at the Venice Beach Hostel on Washington Boulevard, next to Abbott Kinney Blvd – a hip street of independent cafes, clothes shops, flea markets (the list goes on!) We explored the Venice Canals, Venice Beach, Santa Monica. There is so much to take in – the street art, buskers, eccentric locals, skate boarders and street performers.
We rented a car, and our drive out of LA leads out through an expansive hill range which suddenly flattens out. Up on Highway 99 we drove up through Fresno and across towards Yosemite. Here we stayed at Yosemite Bug – a great hostel and we highly recommend this place if you’re visiting Yosemite! It is about a 40 minute drive from the park, but has a great atmosphere and amazing food! BYOB if you pay $5!
It is much drier at this time of year and there was no water at Yosemite Falls. We did a great two day hike here.
We drove on to San Fran on Highway 120. A journey full of amazing agriculture, orange groves, grape vines and roadside fruit stalls. Here we stayed at the Amsterdam Hotel (a cheap hostel with a great location!) This city is a pretty interesting place to drive around due to hills and the one way system – but expensive for overnight parking in the centre! This is an amazingly diverse city and very manageable. We ate at Sparrow Bar on Height Street which has amazing food and beer cocktails! Brunch is apparently a big deal over there!
Alcatraz is well worth a visit, but we foolishly didn’t book prior and it does sell out weeks in advance! Turn up early in the morning (6 – 7am), as they hold some tickets back for the first tour of the day for people who make the queue! Totally worth it.
We experienced so much here, including walking the hilly streets of San Fran, riding on the cable cars, Fisherman’s wharf, Johnny Rockets, Broadway and China Town. Clam chowder bread bowl is everywhere and surprisingly delicious!
We haven’t used a disposable for a number of years, but we really enjoyed shooting on film and getting a good variety to tell a story. The camera worked exceptionally well in good light, which there was plenty of it during the day as they were experiencing a prolonged summer/heat wave. I think exposure is definitely something to consider when it’s darker, (the Jonny rockets shot was salvaged by cool neons but I was hoping the interior would have exposed.)
So, unless you’re shooting something in bright light or close up with flash, then the results may not turn out as expected!
Words & Photography: Maxeen Kim Photography
In January last year I took a trip to Paris. I had been before but in preparation for this trip, I researched a few sights I hadn’t managed to see previously. I also contacted the lovely Nadia Meli, who had shot a wedding in the French capital a few months earlier, for her advice on what to do and see. Nadia’s advice was simple:
“Just discover it and do what feels right!!! Don’t think you HAVE to stand on the Eiffel Tower just because everybody does. Walk a lot! The area around Notre Dame is beautiful. Discover it for yourself and try not to think about the influences of movies and books so much.”
This was honestly the best advice I could have ever been given! So today I decided to share it with you.
Once all my hotel and sightseeing plans were in place, I started to get really excited. Until I realised – to my horror – that my recent camera insurance renewal would not be in effect in time for the trip. I could have cried! However, just when I thought I would be camera-less on holiday (which for me would be like walking around naked or missing an arm) a friend suggested that I take a film camera instead. It was one of those ‘Aaaaaaaah!’ moments!
It was a nerve-wracking experience but I’m so glad I did it. Paris was the perfect place to try out my skills on film and, although the shots were a totally different look to what I had usually shoot, I ended up with the most stunningly romantic set of photo’s that remind me of old or vintage post cards.
This first experiment with film was the start of a love affair that has now totally changed my editing and shooting style. It’s what took me from only shooting digital to shooting a mixture of both, and it was part of my initial decision to completely rebrand my business.
Camera | Canon EOS 300
Film | Fuji Superior
Maxeen Kim is a destination wedding, travel and lifestyle photographer based between Greece and the UK. She likes nothing better than to explore somewhere new and has a passion for ice cream. When she’s not shooting you can generally find her wondering around an art museum or attempting to get a tan.
It is the kind of place where you can wear your cowboy boots to even the fanciest restaurant, what could be better than that! This hidden treasure is truly a spectacular adventure waiting to be discovered. Just remember if you go exploring not to forget your bear spray!
Film | Fuji400h & Porta400
Camera | Mamiya645 Pro TL
Lab | TheFindLab