More film on Instagram

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Me, 2007. Argus C-3.

I’m still having fun posting some of my film photographs on Instagram. I’m still saving photos to my phone using the Flickr iPhone app, and then cropping them and applying filters. But I’ve expanded my filtering horizons by using other photo-editing apps too, ususally Aviary, but sometimes PhotoToaster or BeFunky.

This is great fun. I’m really just farting around with filters and cropping, not thinking about what I’m doing too much (which I find freeing; I tend to overthink things). I stop when the image makes me feel good. I’m starting to master hashtagging, which is helping others find my photos and me find other film photographers on Instagram. If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, here’s a link.

Here are a few of my favorite recent Instagram photos.

I barely filtered this photo of the Bridgeton covered bridge – just enough to bring out the golden tones in the wood and boost the contrast a little. I used my Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80 for this shot, and probably Kodak Gold 200 film.


In contrast, I cropped and filtered the bejebus out of this black-and-white photo, which I took at the 2010 Mecum auction using my Argus A-Four and Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros.


Filtering really brought the sunscatter out in this photo I took with my Kodak Pony 135 on Fujicolor 200.


Here’s a big gallery of many other photos from my Instagram stream.


6 responses to “More film on Instagram”

  1. Jennifer S Avatar

    Beautiful! Especially the bridge.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! That bridge is “new” — most covered bridges were built 100 years ago, but this one was built within the last 10 years after the old covered bridge that was there was, unfortunately, destroyed by an arsonist. I shot that photo shortly after the new bridge opened. It was such an exciting, rare opportunity to see brand new wooden trusses.

  2. pesoto74 Avatar

    To me it is interesting how these filters often don’t yield a realistic result, however they can show something more of the subject than a straight representation. You seem to have a good touch with using them. It could be a slippery slope. Using filters like these in Photoshop lead me to usage of the lomo/toy cameras.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I know that every photograph is just a representation and is not reality, but I want my cameras to make it possible to believe it’s reality anyway. The lomo cameras just don’t do that, and so I have zero interest in them. I use Instagram just for play, to see what happens if I try this or try that. It’s like arranging flowers or fingerpainting — there’s joy in the process and joy in the result, but in no case do I lie to myself that this is somehow art.

      1. pesoto74 Avatar

        I tend to disagree about the lomo cameras not being able to create some representation of reality. I have seen some photos with such cameras that captured the subject and added a mood that gave more information about that reality than a straight representation could. I think that if not art then photos can be a way to communicate our view of reality.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Clearly, I’m not getting into the lomo thing.

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