Nikon FM10 Purchase!

TBT 2009

A gift to myself, is how I should start this blog. I recently finished purchasing a Nikon FM10 from a friend Shiyam(very cool person by the way). It was funny that she mentioned she had a film camera. She accidentally bought it for our Photo Communication class not knowing we needed a DLSR not SLR. I told her I’d buy it from her because I really want to learn to shoot better and what better then learning from film cameras. Another reason for the purchase is because my Nikon F50 stop working all of a sudden. I was really looking forward to start shooting film; about a week ago I had purchased lots of films at a flea market, but my camera was broken. There is no time to take it in to be fixed, so I went film camera shopping at the nearest pawnshops but found nothing I liked. I ended up buying the camera from Shiyam and glad I did. I helped her out with a little extra cash and now I have a new beautiful camera to create art, capture memories, and learn with.

New Nikon blogger photo by Ben Briones

Action Shots in 35mm Film – Austin, Texas

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Black & White 35mm Photography – Austin, Texas

For this first assignment I shoot from two different cameras, a Nikon F-10 and Canon AE-1. The reason for that was to see which I felt more conformable and would produce better images. In each camera I used the same film roll, a Kodak T-Max 400 ISO B&W professional roll. I decided to use the Nikon camera for my “outdoor event” and the Canon for “free range shooting”, that way I wouldn’t mix up shots.

The “outdoor event” I shot was a skateboarding/rollerblading event in Round Rock, Texas. I tried to shoot wide, close, and far. The event took place around 2p.m. so at this time the lighting was perfect for high shutter speeds and low ƒ-stops. This roll produced thirty-three images, where most are standard shots, and two stood out the most.

J325 Event Roll Print 2On the other roll, I shot at different locations and at different times as well. Going through the contact sheet I saw a lot of frames were over exposed. It could have been that the meeting system on the Canon AE-1 was a ƒ-stop off. From this roll I did enjoy three images.

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During Processing and Developing, I learned that it’s not that easy to wrap the film around the reel in pitch black. Which from that may have resulted in ruin strip on my “free range roll”. I think the film touched or did not roll on to it right causing some of the images to get ruined. Although that roll took some damage, I am curious why my other roll did not? Since I used T-Max my development took a bit longer and was more confusing. That event has caused me to try to look for another film type or brand.

When it came time for printing, the worst thing about it was, I was the first one, so I had to set up all the chemicals. This made me a bit nervous because I didn’t want to go wrong with this, because then everyone else’s work could be ruined if I messed something up. But in the end it went well. Before printing, I had asked Ray for some tips, which he gave me, soon after I took on the task myself and was successful after 5hrs.

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Over the assignment went well as a learning process. I shot two rolls successfully, processed them semi successfully, and printed them well. I learned that it takes patience to shoot film but he overall result of processing and printing your own photographs is worth the wait.

Christian Rangel – 35mm Portraits – Edinburg, Texas

Do you ever stumble upon some of your older photography work and you wish you knew were your negatives or RAW files where? This recently happened to me with these two shots. I remember clearly taking these portraits of my friend Christian somewhere between 2008 – 2010 but I can’t seem to find the negatives / RAW files.

If I recall correctly around this time I was using a Canon EOS Rebel G film SLR with a 50mm lens that my high school photography teacher had gifted me. I am also pretty sure these are film scans I took into photoshop to edit. Honestly I just watneted to share more of my 35mm work for y’all. Enjoy! 573334-R1-08-9A_009 copy573334-R2-14-15A_039 copy

Harlingen, Texas Adventures in 35mm

These photos were shot with my Canon AE-1 using Kodak Professional Ektar 100 Color Negative Film in Harlingen, Texas. Sara and I explored some of the downtown area testing out our newest Fujifilm XT-3 and playing around with some new film. These are my sharpest shots from the roll. 000055040007000055040009000055040010000055040012000055040015000055040016000055040018000055040001Snapseed

Ginger Garza – 35mm Film – Edinburg, Texas

To those who don’t know I give private photography lessons to about 2-3 students and at one of my lessons I decided to also become a student of photography and practice shooting 35mm film with my Canon AE-1. We held our lesson at the beautiful Edinburg City Hall located in the heart of the city.

At the scenarios that I setup our returning volunteer model, Ms. Ginger Garza, I also took a few snaps of what my students were capturing and these were my best shots.

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Alexa & Mateo E-session – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A few months ago I had the crazy idea that i wanted to shoot a full fledge wedding in 35mm film! Right around this time my friend Alexa had gotten engaged to her handsome fiancé Mateo, so I reached out to her and offered her free photography services for her wedding if she allowed me to shoot it completely in film.

Like any photography package I offer I always like to shoot engagement photos too! Today I got back the developed imaged from my rolls and the photos are beautiful! Out of 3 rolls at about 35 frames each I was able to produce around 23 gorgeous images of the couple. I shot with two cameras; my Canon AE1 and Nikon FM10 using Kodak and Fuji Film.

Here are my favorite 12 images that honestly sum the beautiful photo session of the couple!

The very amazing and talented Stephanie Rios Photography is the contracted photographer for the couple and I am just shooting for personal growth.001304590002001304590008001304590010001304590014001304600014001304590020001304590026001304590027001304610008001304610012001304610016001304610019

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Chinese New Year – Austin, Texas – Ben Briones Photography

I recently found some of my old 35mm film work and it looks like I photographed a Chinese New Year event in Austin, Texas. Here are my favorite shots from this event. Event 1Event 001Event 002Event 003Event 004Event 006Event 007Event 008Event 009Event 010

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Celena Jacobsen – 35mm Film – Ben Briones Photography

Many years back I did a photo shoot of my friend Celina Jacobsen, now Celina Jacobsen Norton. I shot her wedding by the way. I took these 35mm film shots at her aunt’s home in Edinburg, Texas with my Canon AE-1 using Ilford Delta 100 Professional Black and White Film.

I am pretty sure I also took some digital photos at the same time but I cannot find them but when I do I will link them HERE. I love the grain and scratches in the film. I want to do more film photo shoots so if you are down let me know. Enjoy my favorite shots.

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Alyssa Victoria Pena – 35mm Film – Ben Briones Studios

Years ago when I was attending UT-Austin I was assigned to capture some portraits using my Canon AE-1 and my friend Alyssa was nice enough to model for me. Here are some of my favorite shots from the two rolls I shot.
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