Film Series – Carlsbad Beach
Carlsbad, CA | Nikon FE | Nikon 50mm f/1.4 | Fuji Superia 200
After a few decent Goodwill finds, and shooting several rolls of film on the Ricoh KR5 Super & the Minolta XG-A, I was left wanting quality glass for the cameras. I will continue to search for lenses for the Ricoh and Minolta, however, perusing Craigslist I found a good deal on a beautiful Nikon FE. I could not pass it up – a great camera body and a very nice lens.
The camera appeared to be in good running order. Yet, the true test would be to load her with a roll of film and have fun. It wasn’t the weekend yet, and I was itching to take her out and get a good feel of how she works. I made my way down to Carlsbad. I previously walked the beaches of Carlsbad, and had several photo shoots there in the past, yet I had not captured the beach with all that it offers. It was well-suited place to document with the newly-acquired Nikon FE.
The film advance lever was still “functioning” after it had passed shot 36. Most levers stop at the end of the roll. For that moment, I was worried that the film had not caught properly on the spool. Thinking about it, I recalled that it had advanced properly when I loaded the film. In several of the images there is light flare from when I opened the back of the camera (under my shirt). Now that I have more confidence in how the camera works, I wont make that same mistake again. However, I do like the uniqueness and randomness that the over exposures offer.