Talk to any photographer and they will tell you that film is not dead. Maybe it is becoming more refined or more for those who want to really dive into the craft. This is not saying that people who strictly shoot digital are not photographers, but many photogs will agree that shooting film is just different. Everything slows down. There is a state of mind that comes with shooting film. You no longer have the infinite film roll that digital allows you, but a finite number of shots to get your point across. I used to shoot on 36 exposure black and white. From there I went down to your standard 24 exposure and now with my Mamiya it is only 10 shots. 10 chances for me to get the moment right. For me that makes me more selective. It makes me wait for just the right moment no matter how long it takes or I will try to return on another day. I think with film you really learn what type of shooter you are. You use everything you have learned and put it into that one moment that results in your finger pushing a button. Then there is the waiting. If you have no way to develop your shots immediately (Most people don't. Read an article with one of my favorite street photographers who says he probably waits 6 months to a year to develop any roll he shoots) then you have to send it off and get it developed etc. This in my opinion is one of the best parts of film. You get the ability to be excited all over again and see shots that maybe you did not think anything of at the time have a whole new life once they are developed.
I had not shot with my Mamiya Pro Rb67 Pro S much before this trip. I had gotten one roll developed that turned out ok, but I had never really spent a whole day shooting with it. In Montreal I got the chance to shoot with it for a whole morning. It was nice and I felt very relaxed. I noticed that I started looking for things in a different way than I would when I had my digital. It was good to slow down and really take in the surroundings that I was feeling. It was therapeutic almost. I felt like I was really creating something and the more I shot with it during the trip the more I fell in love with the act of talking with people and shooting with it more than the actual moments I was capturing. Not going to say anything about the photos, but just going to post them and let those who wish to look take them in. Film is beautiful and I encourage anyone to give it a shot even if you feel like you would be totally lost. It is photography in it's purest form and it brings what is truly inside of you out.