Thank You

Sugarbush Park

I’d just like to say thank you for all the birth­day wish­es in com­ments and voice­mails. That was very sweet of you. You’re the loveli­est read­ers, ever. :) I do feel guilty for not post­ing ear­li­er, but as you prob­a­bly have guessed, I’ve been keep­ing myself occu­pied with all the pho­tog­ra­phy stuff. It’s all so new and excit­ing, being able to do every­thing, from film devel­op­ing to the post pro­cess­ing on the com­put­er until the pho­tos are ready for print­ing. Pho­to print­er is the only thing miss­ing from my so-called home pho­to­lab, but I don’t real­ly print my works very often any­way so it’s not a big deal. Not that I’m not tempt­ed to get myself one since they’re not real­ly all that expen­sive. Let’s see if I could resist the temp­ta­tion. ;)

I must admit that film devel­op­ing is not real­ly my favourite part of pho­tog­ra­phy because it’s a lot of work. Imag­ine shak­ing the devel­op­ing tank for 30 sec­onds every 30 sec­onds for at least 15 min­utes. But once I got the devel­oped film in hand half an hour lat­er, it’s all worth it. I have devel­oped two rolls so far and only today do I realise that 1:4 dilu­tion doesn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly mean 125ml of chem­i­cal in 500ml of water. I could’ve worked with 100ml of chem­i­cal in 400ml of water. Doh! I’m a dum­my.

Any­way, the pho­to above is my favourite pho­to from the sec­ond roll. If you want to see all the pho­tos from the rolls I devel­oped myself that I’ve uploaded to Flickr, it’s all in this pho­to­set. As you can see, I still have a lot to learn. But I’m learn­ing by doing so the qual­i­ty should improve with time. At least I hope so.

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  1. In the days before dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy, I did my own black & white pho­to pro­cess­ing and print­ing. Col­or was anoth­er sto­ry.
    I used a chang­ing bag to load the film into the tank and did my print­ing with an enlarg­er that sat on a board on my bath­tub. it was hard, but great fun and very sat­is­fy­ing.
    It’s nice to see that you are enjoy­ing the same thing.
    I have to admit that these days I love my dig­i­tal cam­era, now a tiny Canon SD 450.

  2. I once took a pho­tog­ra­phy class that taught us how to devel­op and print our own B&W film. Our tank tend­ed to be a lit­tle leaky, so it def­i­nite­ly wasn’t fun get­ting all those chem­i­cals all over your­self! In the end though, it was always so reward­ing to get those pho­tographs know­ing you did every­thing by your­self. They seem to add an extra touch to the pho­tographs, and I can see that in this set of pho­tos you just devel­oped. They’re won­der­ful!

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