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.
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).