I took Emmi out to the front yard with four fresh rolls of film. I fired the first few shots off, hearing the familiar "swoosh, click" of the shutter. Then I noticed it. The background. The light. The composition of the shot. All of these minute details that I long since forgot to pay attention to. Before each shot I quickly scanned the background, changed camera angles, distances, watched the way the light filtered in, all before focusing on Emmi. By the second roll, I switched out of the autofocus mode. I couldn't tell you that I remember a thing about f-stops or aperture settings or shutter speeds, but my hands did. I adjusted. I shot. In five minutes, I plowed through four rolls of film, not necessarily coming up with my best shots I have ever taken. But not too bad for barely having touched a 35mm camera in the past ten years.
But you know, it sure is expensive to develop all those photos! Although, really, I just got a picture cd.