When I was in college, I took a black and white film photography class using my Dad's 35mm from the 70s. I really enjoyed the class, even though I had no idea what I was doing half the time (and wasn't really taught what to do...but that's another story). Sometimes, I'll pull out his film camera and decide to shoot a roll if I'm traveling or want to get a bit artsy.
And then I'll forget that I did that, will randomly find the roll of film months later in the pocket of one of my bags (with no ideas of what may be on it), wondering if I should actually spend the money to get it developed in case nothing came out.
Curiosity eventually gets the best of me, and I get it developed, and am amazed to find images of places I had forgotten about. It's kind of a cool process that allows me to be surprised and bring back fun memories. The double edged sword is, you don't know how they came out until they're developed, and you've already spent the money to process and print them. I was pleased with a couple, but I think the next time I go to use the film camera, I'll pay a little more attention to my surroundings and look through the lens a bit longer...and use a tripod if the sun is on its way down...
It's a learning experience. But at least I had fun (even if 80% of the pictures I got back were unusable)!
I did have to bring these into an editing program as they were on the grainy side, and I wanted to crop out the really underexposed bits (yay basic knowledge of Lightroom!).
I might even start going through my film shots and editing them on the computer so they can be shared with the world...a follow up film post may not be too far into the future in that case...
Does anyone else miss the days of film photography? I remember my family getting film developed at Wal-mart at least once a week when I was growing up (I'm sure they don't miss paying for that).