First of all I think the title needs a little disclaimer. I am happy with how the film pictures of our summer adventures turned out, instead I’m talking about the feeling I had when getting the results as they weren’t at all what we expected.
For Sintra I decided to keep shooting with the film that was already inside our camera. As I don’t shoot as much in film as we should, the most normal scenario is that I load one film and I reuse it during at least one whole year; during which I completely forget about the type of film I loaded in the first place. Usually my camera is loaded with a lomography color 100 ASA roll and that’s exactly what I had in my mind while shooting all the pictures in Sintra. Do you remember about colorful Sintra? I was envisioning how the colors would transfer in film. Well… I had a b&w roll in my camera, ha! the results had not any color in sight, not cutesy flowers (more like Morticia Adams garden) but they were instead rich, gorgeous and some more interesting!
South Wales was a complete different story, in fact a much more troublesome. Thanks to the good recommendation of the sweet Fiona I bought a Kodak Ektar 100 roll, so very proud of my pro purchase I loaded my camera. Everything seemed fine, until I left semi-opened my camera bag and in a bad move my camera fell off to the ground (arrgg!). I hurried to catch it, but there was a click, it did not open but was clear that the film have moved inside. Still I kept on taking pictures until the film feeder stopped…at 25 (oh no!). The only results the laboratory was able to extract are the ones included in these post, the rest were completely ruined. In fact, the results are the most random, for instance the first one (which I love) is from Worm’s head on the second to last day therefore I can’t explain why it seems as it’s the first one from the roll (that burnt part on the right) but I like how adds to the extraterrestrial landscape.
Also, I’m worried about my camera because the rewind handwheel seems a little loose, but maybe (just maybe) that’s the only problem with it and I will be relieved. The LC-A+ camera is very special, it was the present Dani gifted me when I presented my master thesis and it somehow represents how working very hard brings you good things in your life (photography!).
What are your experiences with film? Do you have any advice about my poor camera? My plans include shooting another roll and if everything goes smoothly, I will forget about the incident and will buy another Kodak Ektar 100 for my complete recovery. Would you please, please, cross fingers?
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