Chicago, 35mm-Style

Monday, November 25th, 2013 13

I promised you a few weeks ago that I’d share some more film photos from our trip to Chicago, and I’m here to deliver! This was the first trip in years in which I did NOT bring along my digital SLR, but instead relied only on my Polaroid cameras, my 35mm film camera, and my iPhone. Since it was such a quick trip, it gave me a good opportunity to test how I would feel to only have film cameras with me. For the most part, it felt great — especially for my back! I had to trust that I would get some photos I liked, while knowing there would be others I didn’t like so much with no opportunity for a do-over. And, those sentiments proved true. Although there are some photos that didn’t meet my expectations, and I couldn’t check them on an LCD screen the moment I took them to make sure “I had the shot,” I’m okay with that. I embraced an analog weekend, and I’m content with the resulting photographs.

Having already shared my favorite Polaroid shots from the trip, here are my favorite 35mm photos from our 36 hours in the Windy City!

the-beanThe grounds outside the Art Institute are lovely, as was the light that day…

grasses flare_rsCouldn’t not get a Chicago-dog…

chicago dog_rsThen on to Navy Pier…

ferris wheel_rs

lighthouse_rsAnother shot of the iconic sign at night…

chicago sign_rsIf only bikes really could fly…

flying bike_rsThe yummiest tacos and Mexican milkshake…

stripe-straw-rsAnd last, a new favorite reflection self-portrait…

self-reflection_rsThese last two trips with my Canon AE-1 camera — this Chicago adventure and the British Columbia retreat — are making me fall in love all over again with 35mm film. What are you in love with these days?

13 Responses

  1. cara says:

    the last and 2nd to last one rock my socks. (that plaid bokeh with those straws!?!)

  2. Kris says:

    Sweet Home Chicago! Beautifully captured.

  3. Tiffany Hogan says:

    These are AHmazing!! Thanks for sharing

  4. So beautiful Meghan! You are so talented.

  5. Anna Gay says:

    So, these are perfect – so, there’s THAT 🙂 35mm is such an amazing format.
    But also, how awesome that you shot ONLY FILM!!! That makes me really excited for you. I did that on my most recent visit to NY – totally scary, but totally worth it!

    • Meghan says:

      Hi Anna! Thanks so much for your kind words about my film shots from Chicago!! It IS so scary to not take a digital camera on a trip, but freeing, too. So glad you are with us on Mortal Muses. xoxo

  6. Kirstin says:

    These are sensational, Meghan! x

  7. Arvee says:

    Love the photos! What’s your favorite film? I also have a Canon AE-1, it’s heavy as a tank but I love it. 🙂

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