crillon le brave

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

As our wedding and honeymoon approached, I began to think (obsess) about what cameras I wanted to bring to France. It felt like a bigger deal than usual, because this trip was more significant than any I had been on before. Somewhat apprehensively, I decided (with Elisse's encouragement), to shoot it all on film. I brought one digital camera to capture a few "insurance" shots, but 95% would be on a mixture of color and black & white films. If I'm honest, I was a little nervous the entire time because I wasn't sure how the images would come out. I took a chance on metering my shots differently based on the excellent advice of a favorite film photographer and all-around nice guy, Johnny Patience. I hoped that they would look half as nice as I wanted them to, and that I'd have a handful of keepers from the ten rolls of film I took with me. Fast forward to being doubly nervous after I was unable to get my film hand-scanned at Charles de Gaulle and triply nervous after shipping them to California to be developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab. Needless to say I spent a lot of time wondering if I had done the right thing or made a grave error. 

I'm glad that the gamble paid off. I'm beyond pleased with how the film came out (no doubt thanks to the excellent work at RPL), I have much more than a handful of keepers, and I feel like I learned a valuable lesson. In taking a chance on trying something new with photography, I can be more confident going forward and more willing to step outside my comfort zone. It was a good experience and I'm thankful for it and the ability to learn from respected artists at the click of a button.   

The first set of photos I wanted to share is from Crillon le Brave, a tiny village in Provence where be based ourselves for the first week of our honeymoon. "Magical" is a word that often gets overused but I don't know how else to describe this place. It was just gorgeous and light-filled in all the right ways. All photos taken with the Leica M6 on Kodak Portra 400 or Fuji 400h and, as I mentioned, developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.