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Adventures in 35mm Film 

Well it seems my journey down the path of slowing down and experimenting with 35mm film photography’s hit a speed bump.


As you may have read in a previous post, I bought a Canon 7N 35mm SLR camera. My hope was to slow down & think more about composition and framing, as well as working harder at using my photography for story-telling. The camera body got great reviews in a recent “retro” review on a photography blog I like & respect – The Phoblographer by Chris Gampat.

So I bought some good black and white film – Ilford Delta 100 – and proceeded gently down the path of exposing to celluloid. I was assured that my local London Drugs would be able to process the film, and for an additional couple of bucks digitize the images onto a CD for me. As a matter of fact – they sold me the film at a pretty decent price !

Having been to Emerald Lake recently with Pat, and having had the perfect conditions and venue, I gleefully put the camera through its paces. I worked the shutter at different speeds, made sure the onboard light meter was working, and validated that the aperture was opening and closing per normal. I didn’t quite get all 36 exposures. A few days later, I had an opportunity to finish the roll as we drove out to Drumheller. 

Excitedly, I took the exposed roll of film in. London Drugs  accepted the roll, but told me they didn’t do the processing themselves, so I’d have to wait a few days. OK – not an unreasonable deal. So I wait. And wait. And wait. Finally, I went in today only to be told they don’t process “true” black and white film ! So I have waited a week to see my photos and still have an undeveloped roll in my pocket. They DID suggest a camera store in Inglewood, whose website states they do indeed process black and white film – but they are closed on Mondays. Sigh… 

I guess I’m going to have to wait another day to see if they can soup my film. At this rate, I’m considering buying the supplies & chemicals and simply doing it myself ! So accept my apologies – I guess we’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer to see how my foray into film is going. 

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Seeing in Black and White

As you know, I’ve started to think experiment with film as a means of learning to hone my craft. I exposed a roll of 36 frames and have sent it yo the lab for processing. Now I wait …   … and it’s killing me !  I am fraught with anxious anticipation. Is the camera OK, or do I have blank celluloid ? Did the metering system work correctly ? … and on and on and on…

In the interim, I guess I need to train my eye to look for good B&W opportunities. Here are a couple of colour digital photos I made, and then converted to B&W in post…

This one worked well, as it had plenty of gradients, which show up nicely in a B&W photo. The following one has great contrast – more blacks and whites, with fiewer greys. 


All in all, I’m excited to be working with film. There’s more emphasis on getting ethereal exposure right in camera, as there is a lot less I can do n post ! Unless I start souring and printing my own photos…