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#FilmShowAndTell: Celebrating Carlina Grillo's 2-Year Filmversary

Photography’s power for storytelling is legendary, and a picture IS worth a thousand words. That's the immediate impact of seeing a photograph. Whether you shoot from frame to frame or roll to roll, your film story can entice or intrigue, filling the viewer with joy, mystery, or a complex blend of nostalgic emotions. The beauty lies in the collective human experience. Let's come together and share as a community. Let's show and tell.

We're continuing our #FilmShowAndTell series by highlighting a talented film aficionado, fairly fresh to the craft and early on her film journey. Scroll on to enjoy viewing the work of - and hearing perspective from - Carlina Grillo on what gets her film spools turning.

Be sure to post your own favorite shots on social media that were born on negative or positive film, and use hashtag #filmshowandtell for your chance to be featured.


"In 2020 I got my first (reusable) film camera, a camera I still use most of the time, my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. This is a 35mm SLR camera that I can’t recommend enough for entry level film photography. Works like a digital camera, but gives you a good feel of what it means to shoot film. Which, for me, means shooting with intention.

This act of consciously taking a picture, knowing it’s costing you time and money, has made all the difference in my photography career. I have always enjoyed digital photography, but film truly has my heart.

With that, I feel like I must give thanks to the person who inspired me to give photography a shot. Frank Leonard is a local photographer based out of Ben Lomond who specializes in fine art nude portraits, landscapes, and astrophotography. I have an interview with Frank that I am working on adding to my website, but until then please check him out at

Every photo I have included in this article is a personal favorite of mine, and together I consider these as some of my greatest achievements. I’m still very new to the film community, as I’ll soon be reaching my 2 year anniversary with my film camera and it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences.

What I've learned over my time shooting film is to take a pause, find a moment you wouldn’t mind living in forever, and to capture just that.

This is an ongoing journey & work in progress. If you’d like to come with me on this journey, follow me on Instagram @carlinasfilm and check out my website."

- Carlina Grillo


Film lovers, let's celebrate our photography roots! We want to see and share your oh-so-crafty, gorgeously grainy, visual stories on film. Bay Photo has a long running history of providing film services to professionals and hobbyists alike, and it's time for us to geek out.

While you're busy exposing light, keep in mind our Tango Drum Scans for the best quality scans available. Drum Scans digitize your film beyond grain level in order to achieve accurate color and excellent D-max. Tango Drum Scans uphold all the information you need to make a gorgeous print.

In addition to Drum Scans, Bay Photo has served our local Santa Cruz community through two retail stores which have specialized in film processing, scanning, photographic printing, talking shop on old camera equipment, and other appreciated retail services for decades.


Show Us Your Film!

Tag #FilmShowAndTell on social media for your chance to be featured.

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