Just a week ago I had a chance to go to a concert at my local pub and spontaneously I decided to grab a camera and a flash with me to practice shooting with flash. The film I used was Rollei RPX 400 pushed to 800, I specifically wanted black and white.
Now after I’ve developed and scanned whatever visible pictures I had on the roll, I want to share some of those. And what can I say about my flash experiment? None of the photos presented here were made with flash.
Except for the botched flash practice, I’m pretty satisfied with what came out. I’ve never shot a concert before, and I’m a little proud of myself. Though there is a ton of area for improvement. Especially that flash.
This is how I feel about my photography right now and it shows. I’ve had these two rolls of Fuji Superia 400 in my drawer for 9 months before I developed them and scanned today. Nine months! That’s a whole pregnancy right here. Why it took so long you wonder?
Well, no serious reasons to be honest. First my colour chemistry started failing and I didn’t want these rolls to come out wacky. So I had to order a new set. It took time to arrive, then it took time to mix it which literally happened yesterday.
All these steps don’t take months to complete but they did in my case because I wasn’t organised enough.
As a result, I have a practically expired film with signs of bad treatment: grain, washed-out colours etc. I don’t care that much about those esthetically but it just bums me out that all this fresh chemistry was used for some tired film to receive some subpar results. I’m disappointed not in the film but in myself.
I had a couple of rolls sitting on my shelf for some time, and when I finally processed them several frames had these lines across the picture. At one point I blamed my camera, but then the effect would be consistent across multiple rolls, which was not the case.
And then I heard guys on the FPP podcast talking about light piping. Turned out it is when an unexposed or exposed roll of film is kept without any light sealing for a long time before processing. Bingo! Exactly my situation!
My workflow with film is kinda slow these days, and I tend to leave exposed rolls on a shelf as a reminder to myself to develop them. Otherwise I can forget about them completely. This small trick works only partially because while I’m constantly reminded, I still can’t get to doing it soon enough.
Now, when I learned the reason for those lines, I can at least make sure I keep my film light tight, and maybe I should come up with another way to remind me I’ve got some film to soup.
Boy, it’s been a long time! I don’t even want to check how long, the number wouldn’t matter really, it’s the feeling.
And it feels like forever since I developed a roll of film. It also feels good to be doing it again after all this time. As much as “this time” seems long, it was also necessary and important for my photography journey.