I get this voice mail from the photo department at my local chain pharmacy (I only use the finest film processing for my plastic camera film) telling me that my film is “blank.”

Blank, like clear?  Or blank, like black?  I wonder.  So I go pick  it up before they throw it away.  It’s blank, like black.  The helpful person running the register suggested that maybe it never went through the camera.

No that’s not right, then it would be clear and still have the exposure numbers on the edges.


It’s completely obvious what happened.

My many-heavy-blankets-as-a-dark-box method of removing the film was not dark enough.  I kind of thought it wouldn’t be.  I really should have known better.  Obviously, I’m an idiot.

But there is one other possible reason.  And that is that the craptastic camera is itself not light tight.  That’s not the likely reason, I admit.  But it is an unbelievably crappy camera, so maybe.

You know what that means, right?  Yep.  I’ve got to go BUY some film to run through this puppy.  Fortunately, I know a lovely little establishment that sells expired film. For a dollar.

Oh, and you remember that this camera now has no rewind lever, right?  Well, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

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