I love video games. I don’t write about them here obviously but I’d say I love playing as much as taking pictures. Usually they compete for those bits of free time I get, and there’s no way I could do both at the same time. Unless I start taking photos in games, which is a thing of beauty on its own if you know how to do it properly, and I don’t. Moreover, my photography is mostly film and one would argue there’s no way you can both shoot film and play games.
I waste a lot of time doing things I shouldn’t be doing at the moment or at all. It may not be true for everyone but it is for me.
With so many things happening in life it’s almost a crime to waste time. Yet I find myself doing exactly that more often than I’d like.
Sometimes I sit down with the intention to write a post or publish a picture and an hour later I’ve not even started. Sure there is a reason for that but nevertheless I can’t forgive myself for such bad time management.
I’ve looked at the date of my previous post and it was more than two weeks ago. I don’t have any regular schedule, true. And maybe I shouldn’t beat myself up for this but as much as I want to be consistent with posting I don’t find a lot of time for thinking it through and then actually writing.
And I don’t blame my life, work and family, no. I blame myself for wasting too much time on small things that look harmless for productivity but turn out to be huge sinkholes.
It affected my photography too. I’ve previously praised film for bringing so much joy when I develop and then scan it and it’s all true. But because of “the lack of time” I don’t get to processing film lately. Newly developed pictures used to be a great motivation to post frequently but not having developed a roll for a month or maybe even more I’ve got nothing to write home about. Except for occasional digital stuff which seems easier to process and share.
Being an optimist as I am, I still hope this is just a phase. We all have these moments after all. The struggle is hard but acknowledging the problem is a step into the right direction.
Today, April 30, is exactly 4 years since I moved to Israel from Russia. It was a great decision and a huge change both to my life and my photography.
And I’m back with the shots! As I said in the previous post, I took the risk and went for the development times for Rollei Retro 400S to process my Svema Foto 400 rolls in HC-110.
It was a bold move for me, as I’m not a seasoned film expert and all the guestimates are quite hard for me. The suggested time was 6:30 at 20 degrees and the results are right in front of you.
I must say I was pretty sure this wouldn’t ruin the film, the time is not critically long or short, so I expected to get something. The question was if it would be acceptable. Turned out really great in my opinion.
The film, as stated by Leslie Lazenby of FPP, dries flat and feels quite thin, but scanning was smooth without any issues in contrast to Rollei Retro 80S. Some of the photos were underexposed, but I blame the camera for this, as it’s done this already before with Kodak Tri-X. As for the contrast in the most of the pictures, I guess the dev time could be a little shorter, but it’s not over the top and I like the result. Another forum advice for this film-developer combo was to process it for 6 minutes, so maybe it wouldn’t be that contrasty, but anyway.
While searching for the receipt last week, I found an old forum thread where a person had exactly the same situation as mine. That was the thread I found the suggestions in but the funny thing was the direction the discussion took almost immediately. Instead of using the power of the collective mind and experience to help, people started arguing if this Svema film was the genuine stock from the original factory. Pretty soon they were talking about some Russian guys who sell the stock and whether you should buy it and stuff, someone posted pictures of the destroyed factory as proof that this Svema wasn’t the original and so on.
The stock has no indication whatsoever on the film itself, not even a frame number, so it is really a mystery what kind of film it is. And the FPP guys don’t really disclose their sources as far as I know.
But it doesn’t matter! I had fun shooting the film, and I’m pretty happy with the results and this is the most important part.
Next is Svema Color, so stay tuned.
Some time ago I bought a couple of rolls of Svema Foto 400 from FPP to try, and last week I was finally going to develop them. Now when it comes to developing times I always check with the massive dev chart or just google if it’s not there, and usually there’s no problem with finding it.
Not this time. I’ve spent a couple of hours for sure trying to find how long I should develop this film at box speed in HC-110 and didn’t succeed.
This wouldn’t be such an issue, hadn’t I put the film into the tank. I’ve got six more rolls in the queue so I would definitely find something to do while waiting for the answer.
Finally, after several days of waiting, I decided to risk it and go with someone’s suggestion to develop the film using the time for Rollei Retro 400S as it’s the film on a thin synthetic base quite similar to what Svema feels like.
I’ll be back with whatever results I get.
One of the greatest leisure activities we have in our desert is hiking. Because it’s scorchingly hot from June to September, it’s only in autumn and spring when we really can enjoy this. But when we do go out it is an amazing experience.