Sep 26 2010

Roll #27

(only one more roll!)

Well, my new job has completely consumed my entire life. I don’t have time to eat. I don’t have time to sleep. But I was invited to a dinner party this weekend, and dag nabbit, I’m going to have a tiny slice of normal life this weekend if it kills me.

Unfortunately, that might not be very interesting fodder for a roll of film, but I guarantee it’s more interesting that stacks of paperwork and hours of computer work, so that’s what you’re going to see.

If you aren’t back next week to see the results, I completely understand.

Have I ever mentioned to you that this PJ film, in its time, was supposed to be doing us a huge favor by providing us with that blank yellow space on the canister? We were supposed to write our exposure notes, in Sharpie, in that spot. That way we could easily refer to those notes when we processed the film.

Of course, back in the complicated days of film, many photographers had a system to keep track of things. Like one bag for push processing and another for normal. Or we would just write on the canister anyway, without the “luxury” of the blank space.

Maybe you don’t think this is interesting. I just thought it was a sweet little side note about product development and marketing, in the days of yore.

Sep 19 2010

Results to #26

Processing: chain pharmacy

Time: next day

Price: $5.81 (processing and photo cd)

I tried to get my film processed by the only local camera shop while I was at the beach, but their processor was down. They told me they had a call in to the service center, but since it was a Saturday, it was unlikely that they would have it up an running again before Monday.

I stopped in again on Sunday just to double check, but they still couldn’t process my film.

Ah, the trials and tribulations of film.

Anyway, our beach trip was wonderful and way too short. I took a lot of my photos from our ocean front balcony, because we don’t usually spring for that extra expense, and we spent a lot of time there enjoying the view.

I can’t remember ever being up early enough to see the sun rise over the ocean while at the beach, but now that I’m a day walker (I now work first shift after working second shift for over a decade), I got to enjoy it.

Saturday’s weather was beautiful, sunny and warm.

Sunday morning it rained, but it was still beautiful. I enjoyed hearing the hissing sound of millions of soft little raindrops hitting the sand.

The film was as I expected, grainy and kind of crappy. That’s okay, the weekend break was clear and perfect.

Sep 12 2010

Roll #26

(only 2 more rolls!)

This week, will road trip to the beach.

What seemed like an everlasting summer has reached a rather rude and abrupt end. Warm breezy days of light and warmth are fading away and being replaced with cold and darkness.

Also dwindling are the rolls of film left in my bag.

I’m pulling out that other roll of PJ800 to capture the last drops of summer and seashore. I liked how my previous roll of PJ800 had an “instant vintage” kind of look to it. I think it will be perfect to document this much needed and hard earned road trip beach adventure.

See you next week!

Sep 5 2010

Results to #25

Processing: chain pharmacy

Time: next day

Price: $5.81 (processing and photo cd)

I was quite surprised by this roll. The tonal range on all these shots look pretty good.

Even when the moth flitted into a patch of sun, the film held detail of the texture of the white fuzzy body in the bright spots without losing detail in the shadows.

Which is exactly what this film was designed to do, ten years ago.

The overall color is a little cooler than I would prefer, but that could have happened when the lab scanned the negatives.

I has having fun trying to get as close as I could with the focus of my macro lens.

In this close up, with the butterfly upside down, I think it looks like a jovial bunny.

Right side up, it looks more like a sad or sleepy anteater.