Turquoise water so clear you can see 30 meters down, bright summer sun sparkling like millions of diamonds, and bows cutting through waves with the warm breeze in your hair. This is Croatia, and it has a nostalgic value now, given I had spent three months of my life at sea here the previous year.
It had been just under a year since I had been in Croatia, sailing the Adriatic for 3 months in 2016, which was also my first time ever on a sailboat, and my first experience like this. That summer was charged with every type of emotion, from happy summer vibes to deep blue depression. After all, when you meet over 100 people every week for 22 weeks, you’re bound to have your highs and lows.
Even so, Croatia is a part of my life now, and returning to the country after a wild 3 months at sea in Greece at the beginning of summer was something I was looking forward to. And something I can’t wait to share more of. Which is why I’ve chosen to share some of my own personal photographs, snapped with my Canon AE-1 Program film camera.
Earlier this year, I picked up an old school 35mm Canon AE-1 Program to slow down my photo taking process, in hopes to go back in time and forward in progress and skill. In the digital age, photographs are snapped by the hundreds per minute, and since there is no real limit to how many shots you can snap, one usually takes multiple different angles without thinking and one photo is bound to turn out good.
I’m just as guilty with this.
When I picked up the film camera, immediately I slowed my photography down, because every photo had a value and a roll a limit.
Most of the time, these photos are taken just for myself to capture personal memories or moments and to practice the art. Throughout this summer, I’ve captured quite a few rolls of film from California to Greece, and now Croatia.
Shooting Croatia with FujiFilm Superia 200
While at sea in Croatia this past month, I shot some of my favorite places with FujiFilm Superia 200, a decent film made for bright conditions. As I’m new to film, shooting analogue is always providing new lessons, especially in this type of environment. With constant blinding sun, sparkling sea, and harsh shadows, it was a challenge to gauge the exposure without seeing the outcome first, and as you can see, I underexposed some shots. With most film, it’s better to shoot over exposed as film preserves highlights much better than shadows.
After I received the developed roll back from a shop in Split and the scans (which wasn’t high resolution like he promised, 1800 x 1200 only) I popped them into my computer, and that’s where I noticed some issues. Some of the shots had a very strong pink and purple hue in the oranges and blues. This could be due to underexposing the bright landscape, or developing wrong. Some photos turned out great, and others grainy or discolored. Another lesson in the bag, and looking forward to shooting more film.
For now, here is Croatia by sea on Fujifilm Superia 200, shot with a Canon AE-1 Program. Share your thoughts below!