Isle of Wight festival 2015

Shooting film at a music festival

When I found out I was going to the Isle of Wight festival, I knew I had to take a camera with me.

Trouble was, I wasn’t sure which camera I wanted to bring.

While I’ve been having a lot of fun with my Fuji X-mount cameras lately, the idea of taking one to a festival, where there was a strong chance it could end up damaged or stolen, sort of petrified me a little bit.

After some thought, I came to the conclusion the safest option was to stock up on some good quality film and take an old, yet reliable 35mm SLR.

I settled on my Nikon F50, along with two lenses (a 50mm f1.8 and a 28mm f2.8).

As for film, I decided to purchase some rolls of Kodak Porta 160. Having shot several rolls of the stuff on my Yashica 124 g (120mm), I was curious to see how it would look using 35mm. I also took one roll of Cinestill 800, one roll of Cinestill 50 and my final two rolls of Kodak BW400CN (which has sadly been discontinued).

I must say I’m absolutely delighted with how these photos have turned out.

It’s always quite nerve-wracking when you shoot a load of film and you have no idea what to expect. It’s even more nerve-wracking when you’re slightly intoxicated.

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