I’m a Film Hoarder

On the Icefield

Isn’t it iron­ic now that I have a boat­load of film to burn, I don’t feel like shoot­ing film at all? I do keep get­ting tempt­ed to pick up one of my TLR cam­eras, but I guess the temp­ta­tion is not real­ly that great because I nev­er actu­al­ly did.

In addi­tion to the boat­load of expired print film I picked up from a cam­era show awhile ago, I picked up a brick of expired slide film (Kodak Ektachrome E100SW — could’ve picked up some Fuji Velvia but I didn’t because I’m a Kodak kind of girl) for a dol­lar each this past week­end, thanks to a tip from a Flickr con­tact. The idea was to get into cross-pro­cess­ing, but to get a slide film cross-processed, I would have to go to Toron­to if I don’t want to break the bank as my reg­u­lar pho­to­lab charges a for­tune and a half for it. We only go to Toron­to once or twice a year. And we already passed our Toron­to quo­ta for this year, mean­ing this cross-pro­cess­ing idea is actu­al­ly not very fea­si­ble. But I digress.

So, we’re going to go to yet anoth­er cam­era show on Sun­day. The guy from whom we bought the boat­load of print film in the last cam­era show might be there, but unless he has my beloved but dis­con­tin­ued Kodak Ultra­Col­or 120 film on his table, I don’t think I’d pick up any more film. I have enough film to last a cou­ple of years. But I might pick up more when we go to the cam­era show in the Spring. We’ll see.

While we’re on the top­ic of pho­tog­ra­phy, I came across a site called DIY Pho­tog­ra­phy this morn­ing and it’s actu­al­ly quite inter­est­ing, espe­cial­ly if you’re a DIY type. A cou­ple of arti­cles that piqued my inter­est were the ones that show you how to make heart-shaped (or what­ev­er-shaped) bokeh and how to use a con­dom to water­proof your cam­era. It’s like the sec­ond best alter­na­tive use for a con­dom after this one.

Oooh, I just used the words pho­tog­ra­phy and con­dom in the same para­graph. W00t!

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  1. I think their lame excuse would be that pro­cess­ing E6 film in C41 chem­i­cal might degrade the chem­i­cal (we all know labs reuse their chem­i­cal to death).
    My film hoard­ing is actu­al­ly pret­ty close to that stage. It’s just that our fridge is big­ger so it doesn’t look as impres­sive. :D

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