Aug 29 2010

Roll #25

(only 3 more rolls!)

So I was contemplating what on earth I might come up with for my next assignment when I see my husband looking at me and pointing to something in the grass.

It was a white moth. It had subtle colors with big eye-like spots on its back wings. It was pretty big, at least 5 inches across. His body was fuzzy and he had comb-like antennae.

I grabbed my camera and a roll of Portra NC.  This roll is probably leftover from shooting some long ago wedding, as it is low contrast and excellent for keeping details in highlights, like a wedding dress or a white moth, but still maintain detail in shadows and also render accurate skin tones.  I think Kodak still makes this film, but this particular roll has got to be really old.  I think the last time I photographed a wedding on film was, oh, probably 13 years ago.

I just returned from dropping off the roll at the chain pharmacy. The girl behind the counter told me they couldn’t process the film because it says “NC” on it. I pointed out that it is C-41 process.

I don’t have much hope for this roll.

Aug 22 2010

Results to #24

Processing: chain pharmacy

Time: next day

Price: $5.58 (processing and photo CD)

Two things broke on the same evening: the heat wave and my streak of super busy craziness.

I see a butt in the clouds!  What do you see?

The oppressive humidity and heat got blown through by an eerie cluster of storms that oscillated between being sinister and dangerous at one moment, and soft, bright and beautiful the next.

And I received a respite from what had become a tedious segue from one new full time job to an even newer full time job (hurray for me)!

Anyway, in between rain drops and job responsibilities, I had some time to enjoy the sunset.

I overexposed all my shots, but the negs were still thin. It seems the higher speed film didn’t hold up as well as the others when it comes to being 10 or so years past date.

The files as they came on the disc were quite poor.  The negs being thin contributed to their lack of contrast and their excessive graininess.  So I oomphed them up in Photoshop a bit.  Without a doubt, these shots would have looked better on digital.

Aug 15 2010

Roll #24 – continued

It’s been another busy week, but I did get to slow down and relax for two evenings.

The bad news is that the sunset was obscured by heavy rainclouds on one of those evenings.  The other evening offered only a mediocre sunset.

Even though this is a very short roll, it is still unfinished, as I’m still waiting for an evening that has a nice sunset AND I can take a moment to enjoy it.

Please stay tuned.

Aug 8 2010


Only 4 more rolls!

Ugh, what a week. I’m exhausted!  I’ve been running like crazy every day. I haven’t really had much time to come up with something exciting to experiment with this week.

So here’s what’s going to happen.

I’m going to slow down, take a breather and try to rest a bit.

I’m going to take a nice short roll of  film.

And I’m going to take the time to actually enjoy the sunset.

Then, next week, after being well rested, I’ll share these relaxing images with you.

Or at least, that’s my plan for now.

Oh…by the way…I think they discontinued this film around 10 years ago.  I mean, all the film I’ve been shooting has been old.  But this roll is old and rare!  But it’s not like I’m shooting the last roll of Kodachrome or anything…you know what I mean!  ..or maybe every roll is sacred at this point in photography’s history.

Sorry, I’m rambling.

I warned you that I was tired…

…see you next week!

Aug 1 2010

Results to #23

Results to #23

Processing: chain pharmacy

Time: one hour

Price: $5.81 (processing and photo CD)

“This roll of film is cursed!”

I had to agree with the photo technician when I went in to pick up my film.

One hour earlier, I had brought my whole camera in to the mini lab because the entire roll of film had ripped from the spool in the canister and was still wrapped up in the take up side of my camera.

The day before, I had been taking photos of people browsing a yard sale that I was having with a friend of mine. I had been busily clicking away, but when the exposure counter got to 36 it kept advancing.

“Oh, I just did the most amateur thing!” I exclaimed to my friend, thinking that the leader was never taken up by the advance mechanism. I opened the camera to discover all the film was out of the canister and on the take up spool.

About a month before that I took the roll into the chain pharmacy’s mini lab to have the technician pull out the leader which had been sucked into the canister, even though I was pretty sure the film was unused.

About an hour before that, I was trying to get the leader out myself with a strip of cardboard and a piece of double sided sticky tape.

So this ratty old outdated roll of film had been through quite a lot by the time the lab technician used a black box to safely extract it from my camera and set it into the processor.

And that’s when the final evil was done upon it.

It got stuck in the processor during a power outage resulting from a pop up summer thunderstorm.

The technician had to advance it through the soup using the manual hand crank override.

Ah, film.

Do you even still care about the photo joiner? I barely do!  Surprisingly, only about 5 frames were destroyed, and another 5 damaged, so I was still able to finish my assignment.