The Mother Lode

As I mentioned in previous posts, I got a fully manual SLR camera around the end of the summer. The purpose of getting this camera was to use it to learn how to take good pictures manually, so if I got a digital SLR I wouldn’t just use it as a large, glorified point and shoot camera. Anyway, I’ve really been enjoying taking pictures, although I suspect this has been a source of frustration to my wife because I’m always stopping to take pictures when we’re out on walks, etc. I guess the hope is that the enjoyment of looking at the pictures once they’re developed outweighs the annoyance of having to wait around for me to take the pictures. Well, this weekend, the payoff will come. I have 6 rolls of film that I have to get developed and I think I’m going to get them developed this weekend. I have 3 Fuji ISO400 24-exposure rolls, 1 Kodak ISO400 36-exposure roll, 1 Kodak ISO200 24-exposure roll and 1 Kodak ISO400 C41 B&W roll to get developed.

Getting the pictures back should be interesting – I’m especially looking forward to getting back the black and white roll. Anyway, I’ll be getting back over 150 prints. I’ll try to get them on CD so I can post them to my SLR photography gallery. I’ll post again once I’ve posted the pictures.

Now that I’ve exhausted my reserve of film, I have to buy some new film.  I’m thinking about getting some Velvia 100 slide film because Adrian can’t stop himself from raving about it any time the conversation turns to types of film.  A friend of mine just shot a roll of Kodak Ektachrome 64.  He got some beautiful pictures, but that stuff is like $12/roll, so I think I’ll give the Velvia a try this time around (or maybe I’ll get a couple more rolls of B&W).  My friend also recently managed to track down a publicly available (well, to MIT students, anyway) Nikon film/slide scanner, so I should have no trouble posting the pictures I take on slide film in the future.

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