I am sorry to hear of her passing.
Sorry to learn of your Grandmothers demise Thomas. The picture is a wonderful shot which I'm sure you will always treasure.
My condolences Thomas.
My rule of thumb is that if I have to work hard to remember how to use a function on a camera, that function is an afterthought, and is just as likely to impede good photographs as it is to enable them.
This is at least partially due to the fact that I have too many cameras.
It also means that some camera designs are way more successful then others. As an example, I refer to something like a self timer. I use my self timers regularly (in lieu of a cable release). By far and away the best design is on my Olympus OM 20. In contrast, on my various Canon EOS bodies, it is always a head scratching moment to try to find the setting, much less figure it out.
And don't get me started on "menus"!
In theory one can be as careful and deliberate in composition and choice of subjects with film as with digital.
In practice, a devil in the back of most minds forces the photographer to be more sloppy with digital.
That happens to me, partly due to the worse finding system of the digital, and partly due to the abovementioned devil.
Something happens in the background of the mind when one uses film (vs. digital) or large format (vs. small format). More thinking, more selection, and probably even more attention, all of that more or less unconsciously I think.
I'm a lot worse when I have a digital body in my hands. It's not unusual for me to come back with several hundred exposures. With 35mm, couple of rolls aren't all that unusual. I tend to spend up to what I brought with me if I find the subject interesting. I have some where I compose carefully and shoot. Then I tend to take several permutations which tend to waste a lot of frames. Some are experimental so there are some value in that.
When I had 8 frame limit on my Kodak, that was it, so I examined each scene carefully. Did I miss anything? I guess it's depends on a point of view. It would be impossible to take some of the shots I took with my other gear but I did make some interesting composition (if I may say so myself) because of the limitation I had.
Thinking back and considering many of my "photo trips", what's kind of interesting to me is, my "keeper per trip" rate doesn't seem to change all that much despite number of the shots I take....
What troubles me about this equipment thing is, I tend to take stuff to cover all the 'what-if' situations. That means I'm carrying from ultra wide to tele and a flash. (they are often zooms) It makes me think, is it really necessary? Maybe one ultra wide and one normal? I haven't narrowed this down, yet.
I'm so slow at printing that if I used film any faster than I do, I'd never manage to print them. Also fewer would be worth printing at all, I'm sure :) ( Presuming of course that some are now! )
I made a "camera" from a film can, aluminum foil and ortho litho film. Worked out amazingly well. 2 day exposure, contact print onto some old somewhat fogged Kodak polycontrast paper. I'm stunned how relatively rectilinear the image is despite the 180 degree curve of the film plane. My "darkroom" aka the basement. My wife asks "WHAT do YOU do THERE?"
The lens is Kodak Anaston f/6.3 105mm which I understand the second best kind for this camera. It's really in good shape though. I also understand, Kodak Tourist was a top-of-the-line camera of its kind for the period.