I put my first roll of film through my Nikon F90x last weekend in Westport - a roll of Fuji Velvia 50 slide film. Since the film has to be sent away to be processed, I didn't get it back until today.
And I have to say I'm disappointed. Not in the camera or film itself - but in me. Pretty much all of the images came back grossly under exposed, and I knew they would be.
What you see here is the result of a lot of Photoshop work to get a barely passable image - and one that is always going to exhibit more 'noise' than should have been necessary with a properly exposed slide.
And in a very real sense, that's what I still like about shooting film. You actually do learn from your mistakes, because you pay for them - in both monetary terms and in terms of it taking time to get your images back. You invest so much time and money into your images that you want (need) them to turn out well. And when you do make a mistake (and you will), it hurts much more than just reaching for the 'delete' button when shooting digital.
When you shoot with film (especially slide film) you need to think about exposure more. You can't just shoot and hope.
I'm happy with the shot on the right - my favourite salvageable shot from the whole roll. But I'm not happy with how much time and Photoshop know-how it's taken for me to get it to this stage. Especially when I knew better.
Finishing on a slightly more positive note - here is a much better exposure on the same roll, from a few that I shot earlier. Of course the day was slightly overcast, so the meter has had no problem exposing properly - but hey, I'll take it anyway. At least the whole roll wasn't a write-off.