The Current's Birthday Party on film

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Nick David (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)

Sometimes film cameras capture a little something extra... while shooting The Current's 8th Birthday party, Photographer Nate Ryan tried his 80-year-old Leica too.

I shot The Current's Birthday party on Friday night with two cameras. In addition to the standard digital camera and zoom lenses I carry, I also carried a 1933 Leica III.

There is something wonderful about the slightly soft nature of the images from the camera. Using 3200 ISO black and white film, I was able to just have enough light to shoot in First Ave without a flash.

The high speed film results in very grainy images, and there is a connection inherent in the material to old iconic images of rock and roll shot similarly.

Additionally, in a day where it is easy to snap away at 5 frames a second, to shoot only 36 exposures over an entire night really slows the pace of shooting down and each frame is much more carefully considered.

--Nate Ryan
(follow Nate on Twitter: @nateryanphoto)

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    Gabriel Douglas of The 4onthefloor (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Gabe Douglas (MPR Photo / Nate ryan)
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    James Gould of 4onthefloor (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    The 4onthefloor (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    The Valdons (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Grace Keating, playing guitar for John Mark Nelson (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    John Mark Nelson Bassist Benjamin Kelly (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    John Mark Nelson (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Chastity Brown (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Fancy Ray (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Chastity Brown (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Willie Walker (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    The Valdons (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Chastity Brown (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Gabe Douglas from 4onthefloor closes out the night (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)