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5 frames with an Asahi Pentax K1000 – By Oscar Capdevila

January 3, 2020

Entering the world of film photography was a bit painful for me as I didn’t get to see the results from the first 2 film rolls I shot. The first one was loaded incorrectly and the second one was processed erroneously by my local lab. Nonetheless, looking back at those minor inconveniences, I realise they were there to teach me what film photography is all about and how the digital revolution changed how my approach photography.

That lesson being around the value that we give to each individual exposure we take. This might be my own experience, but when you are consciously aware that you have the ability to shoot hundreds of photos per hour with a DSLR, your creative focus shuts down and you enter ‘automatic’ mode, telling yourself: “one of those images will definitely be what I’m looking for”.

That’s why after 1.5 years of shooting with my Asahi Pentax k1000 and a very well preserved 1959 Nikon F which my grandfather gave me before he passed away, I have taught myself to find beauty and create art from everyday encounters. Let’s face it, when you only have 24 or 36 exposures available, that’s the mindset you need.

As previously mentioned, I’m quite a novice in the 35mm world. Having started during my trip to Brazil in July 2018, I have only shot 16 rolls to this day and about 50% of them have been Portra 400. All of the following shots were taken on an Asahi Pentax k1000 with a 55mm f/2 of the same brand.

It has been extremely difficult to choose just 5 frames and there are at least 10 other equally good scans I would like to share. These are the ones which I ended up choosing as I think they represent my style of photography the most.

Guitar Player in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal, 2019. Kodak Portra 400.

Dotonbori Street, Osaka, Japan

Dotonbori, Osaka, Japan, 2019. Kodak Portra 400.

Juliette in Worcester

Worcester, UK, 2019. Kodak Tmax 400.

Isabel in Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil, 2018. Kodak Portra 400.

Isabel in São Paulo

São Paulo, Brazil, 2018. Kodak Tmax 100.

I love the K1000, It’s simple and cheap. Perfect for people entering the film photography world. If you enjoyed please follow my instagram @talesfromplanetearth and check out my website for other cool film and digital photography stuff.

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  • Reply
    Anindya Maity
    January 3, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Loved the frames! I started out with a K1000 too and have a number of good shots with it that I have recently scanned and digitised.

  • Reply
    Charles Higham
    January 3, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Nice shooting. I particularly like the monochrome one of the young woman with the ponytail in Worcester.

  • Reply
    Khürt Louis Williams
    January 5, 2020 at 2:44 am

    “one of those images will definitely be what I’m looking for” never enters my mind when I’m shooting digital. As someone who’s started in photography with 35mm film in the mid 80’s, digital freed from the angsts of worrying about whether or not I had accomplished my goal. The immediate feedback helped me learn faster and freed me to experiment because the cost of failure was reduced.

  • Reply
    January 10, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    I was just in both Lisbon and Osaka and your photos really captured a sense of place 🙂 Love these!

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