This is pretty off topic from pinball game play, but I bet there are a few of you interested. For the last three years (the same period during which I’ve accelerated my pinball playing) I’ve been getting into film photography. I mostly shoot 35mm because of the equipment I have, with probably a 70 percent black-and-white /30 percent color split. I know there are some photographers among us players (hey @genex) though I don’t know of any outside of PDX who work with film these days.
I’m curious what success others have had, if any, shooting pinball and pinball events, especially at tournaments, especially in large, indoor venues like Pinburgh where lighting is not ideal and where there are a number of considerations like not getting in players’ faces. Because I’m often playing in these events, because I like to travel light, and because I don’t like to simplify my photography I won’t be carrying an elaborate rig. I think the last two years I’ve brought a Rollei 35se, a fun if sometimes wonky little thing. I’m thinking of bringing a Pentax Spotmatic F this year for a little bit more versatility (and because it meters up to 3200 ISO).
If any of you shoot with film, do you have favorite film you use for pinball events? I’ve had decent look with Cinestill 800 (thankfully I have a few rolls in my freezer) and Ilford Delta 3200, but might try pushing some other film stocks. Any other tips? Obviously, I don’t shoot with a flash during competitions (and just in general) and don’t get in front of players in the middle of matches.
Since I’m asking, Here are a few favorite pinball photos shot on film.