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  • The Persimmon Images studio is closed.

    As of December, 2015, we are no longer accepting new clients for weddings or portraits except on a limited by-referral basis or for repeat clients. If you are a current client and have any questions or requests for us, please email us at love [at] persimmonimages [dot] com or call/text Kat at 206.354.2212.

    Thank you for your years of business, support, laughter, and love!

    - Kat & Justin

Film Photography | B&W Kodak 400TX on Leica M5 and Hassleblad

I’ve been shooting more personal work on film lately. Not a lot, because I’m still getting used to my film cameras, but some. I broke out the Leica M5 in January and just finished my first roll recently. I’ve definitely been forcing myself to take my time and not waste shots, something I do far too much with all the disposable memory of my digital camera. In February, I started shooting with my Hassleblad 500 c/m, and I am smitten. I love the square or medium format. I love the snap of the shutter and the hest and wind of the film spool. It’s a magnificent beast.

The first time I took a photograph with my Leica was the first time I had used a film camera in fifteen years. I made a few mistakes and ended up with one blank frame, a few with subjects too close to properly focus (before I had the hang of it), and a couple crazy double exposures that I’m not sure HOW I created on the Hassleblad. It certainly wasn’t on purpose! But I didn’t break anything or destroy either roll of film. The majority of my frames were in focus. And all of them were properly exposed!

This is a massive accomplishment for me. I’ve had these cameras and a few other great film cameras in my possession since the summer of 2009. It’s been on my list of personal projects to re-learn to shoot film for some time. I’ve wanted to slow down, to find the light, to see, to compose, to capture. And I’m doing it! Now, both cameras have a roll of color film in them, and I’ll keep going with the project… well, forever. The next camera I’m loading up is my Zeiss Super-Ikonta ii, another medium-format camera, this one with a lil bellows. Enjoy the photos!

Corwin on our deck in Wallingford. Hassleblad 500 C/M. 80mm. Kodak 400TX film.

Corwin on our back deck

Snow tufts on lavender during Seattle snowstorm. Leica M5, 50mm, Kodak 400TX film

Lavender in the snow, winter 2012

Fence and greenery by the Pacific Ocean. Rockaway Beach, OR. Hassleblad 500 C/M. 80mm. Kodak 400TX film.

Sea fence, sand, and grass at Rockaway Beach

Justin Speyer photographed in black and white. Leica M5, zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400tx film.

Justin at Green Lake (L) and on Orcas (R)

Kat on the beach in Rockaway, OR. Hassleblad 500 C/M. 80mm. Kodak 400TX film.

Kat on Rockaway Beach

Ice on Green Lake and driving dock in Seattle, WA. Leica M5, Zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400tx film.

Ice on the water near the Green Lake boat house

Tree silhouettes in the evening. Orcas Island. Leica M5, Zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400TX film.

Dark trees at sunset on Orcas Island

Mechanized loom with spindles on Orcas Island. Leica M5, Zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400TX film.

Loom with spools

Branch in the sea marina near Rockaway Beach, OR. Hassleblad 500 C/M. 80mm. Kodak 400TX film.

Driftwood in Oregon marina

Snow on fence, Seattle, WA. Leica M5, Zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400TX.

Snow on fence during 2012 Seattle winter snowstorm

Corwin the corgi sleeping on the floor and sitting on a stump. Orcas Island. Leica M5, Zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400tx film.

Corwin sleeping in the dark and sitting on a stump on Orcas

Sunset, Orcas Island. Leica M5, Zeiss 35mm, Kodak 400TX black and white film.

Sunset, Orcas Island

Tanuki statues on our porch in Wallingford. Hassleblad 500 C/M. 80mm. Kodak 400TX film.

Tanuki statues on our front porch

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