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Why I Still Love Film

Why I still Love Film

Why I still Love Film

Slowing down, composing the photo, not knowing 100% that everything is how you pictured it, developing, drying, scanning, and finally seeing the photo. All are part of the reason I love film, especially medium format film. This photo was taken on my first roll of film from the Hasselblad 500EL with a Zeiss 150mm F4 lens that I have shared previously. Then scanned in on an Epson 550V scanner.

I am loving this “new” camera. I still love film!

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Happy Surprises

Photo Aug 28, 9 21 12 PM

One of the great things about film, sometimes there is a happy surprise. While I was grabbing some film to test out the Hasselblad I found roll that had yet be developed. I had labeled it as “Kiev 88 Fixed Back”. I decided to develop and scan it in. While there were other photos that I have shared on Instagram I wanted to share this particular photo on my blog. It is what I would call a “Happy Surprise”.

This photo has a lot of blemishes and problems, but I still like it. I like the light leaks, the fact that it wasn’t totally flat when scanned, and I like the burned edges. Unlike digital I just don’t know what I have until it is developed. Now that the Kiev is gone I even like that camera. read more

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Short List Getting Shorter

Urban Graffiti

I have a really short list of film cameras that I must have. It is sort of a camera bucket list. These cameras will stay in my collection never to be sold. There are other cameras, see my Pinterest board of cool vintage cameras, but I have only 3 that are on the short list. Two are medium format, one 35mm. These are cameras that I have always wanted, but now that film cameras have come down in price, I can justify buying.

One is a Rolleiflex TLR, which I have had for over a year now.


The next is a Leica M bodied rangefinder. read more

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Some Essentials

Laptop_Rolleiflex_Giovanni_ArroyoTake a look at a couple of the essentials for my photography workflow.

Apple Macbook Pro 13″
Rolleiflex Automat Medium Format Camera.

When I shoot medium format film, I keep a hybrid workflow. Thngs stay analog up still the negative is developed. From there, I scan the negatives in and use lightroom and my Canon 9500 Mark II printer to print the photos.

Feet in both worlds digital and analog.

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Passing down the knowledge


One of the great joys in my life is teaching. I love being able to share my passion and my knowledge. Being able to share those with my daughter is even better. I have been sharing my passion for film with my oldest daughter for a while now. It is part of her journey towards becoming a better photographer. She built her own camera, owns a couple of film cameras, knows how to use a light meter, and knows her exposure triangle. Now she can add developing her own black and white film to her list of skills. She was able to develop a roll of medium format and scan it in with a little guidance from her father. read more

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What I Travel With

Photo Feb 14, 10 19 24 AM

What do I travel with? Or in reality what do I need versus what I want.? Before any trip this is always the question. I think I have my travel kit nailed down. This changes here and there. I may include different lenses, but most the items show remain the same. Below I am going to list what I take with me.

Pictured from left to right and top to bottom.

Film Shield Bag – protects undeveloped film from x-ray scans
[easyazon_link asin=”B0044EH2VI” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Think Tank ~ Urban Disguise 40 Shoulder Bag[/easyazon_link] – You gotta carry all this in something, I almost always use the backpack straps.
Rolleiflex Automat – Medium format film camera, also works as a backup for my digital.
[easyazon_link asin=”B00FPKDRVY” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Fuji X-E1[/easyazon_link]- Main camera body used
Minolta 5omm f1.7 lens – attached to the body with a simple adaptor
[easyazon_link asin=”B00CBPIRSY” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Peak Design Camera Wrist Strap[/easyazon_link] – have the quick connectors on both cameras and can switch between quickly
Minolta 135mm f2.8 lens
Fuji body cap – used when I cleaning a lens
[easyazon_link asin=”B00GRACUXM” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Apple iPad Mini[/easyazon_link] – entertainment, mobile photo sharing, social media and email access
Mini tripod with holder for my cell phone
[easyazon_link asin=”B007G5NNOW” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Lens Cleaning Pen[/easyazon_link]
Pen with iPad stylus tip
Spare SD cards
Spare charged battery
Lens filters
Dust Blower
120 Film – 2 rolls of ASA 400 one ASA 100
[easyazon_link asin=”B00BZFXXRG” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Sensu Stylus Brush[/easyazon_link] – lets me be creative on the iPad when I’m not shooting read more

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Film Cameras for Sale

I’m selling off a few of my film cameras.

There will probably be upward of 20 cameras listed, 35mm, Medium Format and Polaroid.

Check out my Ebay store for more info:

I plan to add new cameras as I can. I have used a lot of these cameras, and while they are not perfect, they would be great to run some film through.


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Fine Art Prints on Sale!

Time for my first ever 1/2 off signed print sale. I am clearing out my existing inventory of 11×14 matted prints that are ready for framing to make room for new inventory. Don’t miss this deal because it will only be valid until 2014 is over. All prints are signed, printed on archival paper with archival pigment inks rated to last 100+ years.

Only 8×10 prints in 11×14 mattes are on sale.
Regular price is $30 + tax if you buy one before January 1, 2015 any print in stock will only cost $15 + tax.
Shipping is not included.
First come first served. Limited to stock on hand.
Paypal, Credit Cards and Cash accepted. read more

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Cheating on film

Besides the look of film, I also like how a classic camera feels. Not a lot of plastic, manual controls and things just fall in place. Well as of the past few months I feel like I am cheating on my film cameras. I become obsessed with my little Fuji X-E1. It has become my go to camera, the one I pick up and take with me everywhere. It has a metal case top and bottom. I have adapted vintage lenses to it. I shoot it entirely manually, focus, aperture, iso, shutter speed.

The jpeg photos that come out of this camera are awesome and Fuji has done a great job of simulating their film emulsions. I can plug it into my iPad and upload photos on the fly. I really do not have many complaints with it. Maybe I could use a better viewfinder, but for my first mirrorless camera it has blown me away. read more

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Shooting Polaroid

A few weeks back I took my Polaroid Land 450 camera out to my aunt’s in Harvard to shoot some Polaroids of the kids. Below are the photos my father Miguel Arroyo of took of me.

Loading Fujifilm FP-3000b

Giovanni Arroyo Loading Film in  a Polaroid 450 2

Giovanni Arroyo Loading Film in  a Polaroid 450


Giovanni Arroyo Shooting a Polaroid 450

Giovanni Arroyo Shooting a Polaroid 450


Giovanni Arroyo Developing film from a Polaroid 450

I really enjoy shooting film, medium format, instant or just about any other. Learn how you can add this to your photography arsenal. Visit my workshops page, or browse the many blog posts I have about my adventures with film. read more