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5.07.2014

Frustrations with Film

The other day I took a few rolls of film to blacks to be developed. I had bought these rolls of black & white film at blacks, so I assumed the sensible thing to do would be to take them back for developing. Well, turns out they no longer develop B&W film. Neither does Walmart, any grocery stores, or the specialty camera stores in the area. There is but one lonely studio that now develops black and white film, and they are incredibly out of the way. Sigh.



Lately I feel like shooting film is more frustrating than therapeutic. It is so much easier to use my DSLR that does video, and I can view the results immediately. I struggle with what to do, since this entire blog is based on the premise of film photography, yet I haven't posted film shots in what feels like months. I can either give up on film and re-brand, or continue to spend money on (and being frustrated with) the film development process. Has anyone else had a similar situation with their blog? What did you do?

9 comments:

  1. see if you can find a local community college that has a darkroom. Make friends with the professors and maybe they'll let you use it!

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  2. You don't necessarily have to "rebrand" if you use DSLR. Part of your 'analog adventure' would be just this...that certain film is almost impossible to develop so the transition to DSLR was almost necessary. :) Just a thought. :)

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  3. I have my dad's old film camera and used it a while back. But LITERALLY ALL of the photo stores closed. I had NO options. So I looked into sending it off. But I just didn't like that I had no control. So now that old camera sits on my mantle and mocks me each day. Sad.

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  4. I live in a not-so-big city and there's a few labs that develop films here, but only C-41 process, wich is a shame. What I do is, when I shoot Tri-x, I develop myself (There's a bunch of videos on youtube to help you with that), and I can say I fell in love with the process all over again. Sometimes I have more fun developing then shooting. And when I shoot chromes and BW movies, but not in the mood for processing myself, or even regular C-41 (there's a kodak BW that uses this process) films I send to this lab in California (Richard Photo Lab) that, for me, is one of the bests in the world. I use to send to other person here (I live in Brazil), but she isn't developing temporarily. When I send to RPL it usually takes 1 week after I post and I receive it all scanned through FTP. It will probably take less time to you.

    Maybe that's an option, don't know. Analog photography is very fun, but you have to enjoy the process. And I think your analog adventure can still live on digital times. Just try not to completely give up on it. I think we can love them both in equal ways (i do). I'm half 135, half c-mos. :)

    Sorry for the big/confusing comment. Hope it helps, though. :)

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  5. How inconvenient, that sucks! :/ I wouldn't rebrand if it's a huge part of you.

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  6. Have you tried mail order film developing? I'm about to try sending my b&w film off to The Darkroom - It's $10 including scans which is reasonable compared to how much my local walgreens charges. And they do old-fashioned dip/dunk processing. I will post a review when I get the film back.

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  7. Why not develop the film yourself? It's dead easy and the equipment you need to get going is minimal and cheap. Or use Ilford XP2 which is black white film developed by the C41 colour process in Walmart. No excuses!

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  8. I hadn't thought of that :) Thanks, Stephanie!

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  9. Yeah it is a shame that so many lovely cameras go unused because of the lack of film developing options. So sad :(

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