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Wednesday, 02.Jul.2003

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have film will photo. :)

So, yesterday I went by the photo shop and picked up a few rolls of film for my film camera. I get home and find that ther was one roll allready in the satchel with the camera that I had forgotten about, and what's more is the camera is only on exposure 11! So I've decided that I should probably burn through the last 5 shots on the roll in the camera (it has the mask in it so they are 16 shots per roll instead of the usual 12) and I should also run through that older roll as well, as it has been sitting in the room for a few months now. I should use it before it goes bad, if it's even still good at all!

so, film I have to get through (hopefully before Monday)
5 shots on what's left in the camera (I'm suspecting it's ISO400 Ilford b/w)
1 roll IOS100 Tmax (what was hidden in the bag)
1 roll ISO400 UC Kodak
1 roll ISO160 NC Kodak
1 roll ISO100 Reala Fujicolor (I've heard of Reala before and wanted to try it out)
1 roll ISO50 PANF Ilford

I'll likely shoot the remaining rolls without the mask, so I'll only get 12 shots per roll, but that way I'll use them up faster and I'll be able to see more quickly the differences between them.

Damn rolls cost an arm and a leg, though. It's times like this make me happy my primary camera is digital. :)


Date:16:06 02.Jul.2003 (UTC)
Do you develop the black and white yourself or send it off?
If you're not a film snob and want to be able to drop off black and white pictures at any photo counter, there's also Kodak Select Black and White 400. It's available anywhere, convenient, and can be developed anywhere. Though most photo shops will print the pictures on color paper unless you instruct them otherwise.
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Date:16:33 02.Jul.2003 (UTC)
I don't know how to develop my own yet, though I want to learn and start doing it. Do you develop your own?

Kodak Select? is it available slower than 400? I try to stay around 100 since my film camera doesn't go any faster than 1/300, and can't get smaller than f/16 (obviously overexposed for ISO400 in full sun).

as for printing, that won't be a problem as I usually just have them develop the film without making any prints. I'm not good enough yet to have them just automatically make prints of each shot.
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Date:17:49 02.Jul.2003 (UTC)
I do develop my own black and white film downtown at "The Darkroom" and I have my own darkroom at home to print the pictures. I confess I got out of the habit around 19 though and I'm long overdue for some old fashioned black and white.

As far as I know Kodak Select doesn't go below 400 - its kinda a black and white "for the masses."

What kind of camera do you have?
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Date:20:33 02.Jul.2003 (UTC)
You know how to develop and print yer own? Can you teach me?!? I've been wanting to learn for *years*, but each time I've tried to take the class (photo 1 -- or equiv) it's been either full or at a time I can't take it.

My camera is a cheap-o "eastar" brand/model. It's a simple fully-manual TLR Medium Format. Takes 120/240 format film. The shutter is so limited because it's spring-loaded. you have to wind it before you can trip the shutter (easilly enough done, it's just a lever you pull down). It has a self-timer that can be set to any value you want, you just can't know what that value is as there are no markings. I'm guessing it can range from one second to 10, though I may be mistaken as I've not bothered to time it. It's a fixed lens that seems to be something on the order of 50mm, with focusing accomplished by a simple knob on the left that moves the lens out or in. The viewing is accomplished through a piece of ground glass set in the top where the image is sent to through the twin lens above the film lens. Only problem is, everything is backwards! One nice feature that was added, though, is a flip-up magnifying lens that helps you in the focusing processes. I use it constantly.

Yes, it's an excersize in futility using that camera, but I love it. I really feel like it pushes me to be a better photographer, by not offering any crutches on which I can lean, it forces my talent to stand on it's own. I have to judge light on my own, I have to focus myself, set the aperature and shutter. I even wind the film myself, with no guides other than the holes in the back for me to see whatever markings there are on the film backing (which can be annoyingly easy to miss sometimes).
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Date:16:33 03.Jul.2003 (UTC)
Awwww, developing's not that hard, you can just go the "The Darkroom" downtown and pay $3, they have the times posted on the wall, so you know how long to put each chemical in the film canister for, though you should ask a nice staff member to help you out the first time.
I actually spent my 18th birthday at "The Darkroom" developing film - I loved that place! They're even open until midnight on Tuesday for late-night developers. :)
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