Film Photography

Rejects – Pentax K1000

Whenever I shoot photos with a digital camera I do it knowing at least 25% will get deleted; the weakest compositions, the out of focus, the eyes shut, they all go in the bin.

With film it’s a bit different though – for starters my whole approach with a film camera tends more towards careful composition and taking time to get the settings just right, and death threats if anyone blinks (only kidding). I know I ought to do have this approach all the time wheteher it’s film or digital, but that just doesn’t happen all the time. So, this means that with film I have far fewer rejects and duplicates in the first place. Also, I feel more attached to the film photos, even the ‘not so good’ ones. Silly, I know.

Whether it’s film or digital though, my hard-drives are mainly filled with [hotos that didn’t quite make the grade, and looking back over them I can’t help feeling some of them aren’t too bad really and deserve a little attention.

So, to kick things off, here are a few rejects and outcasts taken with my Pentax K1000 – a basic but beautiful 35mm film camera from the 60s…

pentax k1000 - poppyheads

pentax k1000 - after the dragon parade

pentax k1000 - three little pigs

pentax k1000 - windows

pentax k1000 - zen

pentax k1000 - sea wall

pentax k1000 - blue balloon

Have you found any rejects recently that you actually kind of love now?

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  • Reply
    20 September 2011 at 21:17

    Hi, new reader here and if these are your rejects then I know your choice work is going to blow me away!

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      20 September 2011 at 23:57

      Wecome, Anita! And thank you so much x

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    23 September 2011 at 10:32

    I love these, especially the piggies.

    I feel the same way about film and I always end up loving my rejects too. I think sometimes it takes a while to learn to love the unexpected results, you kind of have an expectation when you take the photo and it doesn’t always work out how you want yet that doesnt mean they are terrible photos… its funny what a little time away from looking at them can do, I look back and think ‘why was I so hard on myself?’

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    Dutch Coburn
    2 March 2015 at 03:44

    What kind of film did you use? Also what kind or development did you do?

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