Film Frustration..

wpid-2014-07-28-11.37.06-1.jpg.jpeg This Sunday, I embarked on a quest to find somewhere to get my film processed locally.  My initial idea was to find somewhere that does C-41 process and "proof" scans.  I wasn't looking for the greatest quality, just a quick and dirty way to review my photos on the computer.  I would then select the negatives I really like, and send those off to have better scans done.

First, I tried a couple of nearby Walgreens.  The first recommended I check out the second.  The second suggested I use their mail-order service -- the exact opposite of what I wanted.  I shot a quick once-over of the mail-order form and picked up on a glaring detail, "Your negatives will NOT be returned."  As I said earlier.. completely opposite of what I wanted.

Afterwards, I ventured into Baltimore hoping to have my negatives processed within an hour.  I arrived at the establishment called Techlab Photo, and inquired about their film developing service.  Their website suggests that they do one-hour film processing, but do have a disclaimer note.  In person, I learned that they do film processing in batches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I can understand the logic behind that decision, there is not much demand for one-hour film processing anymore.  Still, I was a little disheartened.  I left three rolls of film to be processed, totaling about 58 dollars after tax.  I had the high res scans selected versus the "normal," because why not?

In the store, there were many old film cameras laying on top of shelves.  I asked the staffer if I could fondle a box camera, and he agreed.  As I was inspecting the crude device, a fellow customer made a few comments about the box camera.  Putting the camera away, we talked about photography briefly.  I think his name was Dave, but I don't remember; I'm absolutely horrible with names.  Dave was in the store getting two digital photos printed: a photo of a flower and one of his physician.  He didn't seem to be a very good - relatively speaking - photographer, but he was enthralled by his own photographs.  And there is nothing wrong about that -- what's to stop you from liking your own work?  I showed him a handful of my photographs and he said that I have a good eye for composition.

Cabin Trip Summer 2014

I think next time I get film developed, I'll just have it done through The Darkroom again.  If I sent the same three rolls to California, it would have costed me $50 dollars in total ($15+$15+$15+$5).  The nice benefit is that after they process and scan the film, it's uploaded on to the web before it is shipped out.  I can view my photos before they even arrive!  Much less stress.  Albeit, I would miss out on the prattle between photographers when visiting a local dive.

To finish off the day, I headed to the Baltimore's Inner Harbor for some street photography.  Unfortunately, large gray clouds covered the harbor right before sunset.  The beautiful, orange glow I wanted turned into a diffused and dull gray.

I spent a bit less than two hours wandering, looking for subjects.  I only took two photos, both of them of a man named Robert holding a longboard.  I gave him my tumblr handle - maybe he'll find me!  I definitely need to look into business cards.  I passed by a wedding, and cocked the shutter on my Leica to take a photo.  I decided against it, and that same frame is still ready to be exposed on my Leica as I write this.

Before returning home/school I had a small feast at McDonald's due to the Raven's doing something decent in football and the ever present buy-one-get-one free quarter-pounder deal (god bless).