The Waiting Game

I know it would probably be helpful for me to start things off with a blog post about why I’ve started this website, what cameras I’m currently shooting with, what my experience with film photography has been like so far, etc., but the thought of typing up a synopsis like that kind of tortures me. Therefore, if you don’t mind, I’m just going to throw you right into the present day. You’ll likely figure all that other stuff out from context clues and whatnot as we go along, anyway. Okay? ‘Kay.

So, one of the many reasons why I love shooting film is because it makes me slow down, wait, and be patient, which are NOT my strong points. I’m such an “instant gratification” person that if I decide I want to, let’s just say, decorate my kitchen with a collection of hot sauces, I will go out and spend an entire day purchasing enough hot sauces to fill up ALL of my kitchen shelves rather than simply collect hot sauce bottles here and there from various locations over an extended period of time. That’s just how I roll. So, the fact that I have to slow down, THINK about every shot before I take it, and then actually WAIT for the lab to process and scan my film is a huge challenge for me.

Actually, I am getting much better about slowing down and thinking about every shot before I take it. After all, film costs money, so every time I press that shutter button I practically hear the sound *cha-ching!* in my head. I do love the challenge of trying to get the shots perfect in-camera, though, before I commit to pressing that shutter. It is SO much more satisfying to see a film shot turn out the way I wanted it to rather than just getting that instant feedback from the screen on the back of my DSLR.

Waiting for the lab to return my scans, on the other hand, is still not getting any easier for me. I try to be patient, I swear I do, but I almost always end up paying extra for the film to be processed either in two days or even one day. That’s how anxious, excited, and impatient I am to see the results!

Today, for example, I finally took a couple of rolls of 120 film down to Boutique Film Lab, which is just about a 25-30 minute drive from my house. Only one of those two rolls was fully exposed when I left the house, though. (It was a test roll I shot with my new Pentax 6×7 medium format camera, which I am VERY excited about!) The other roll was actually still loaded in my Mamiya 645J, and it still had ten exposures left on it. So, on my way to the lab, I stopped off at the local state park, which is just a few minutes up the road from where I live, and I took my Mamiya for a little walk. We’ve had some flooding in this area recently, so the walking path around the lake was completely covered and made for an interesting photo. There were also a lot of pieces of driftwood lying around the longer walking trail, which runs along a different lake, and I thought that looked pretty interesting, as well. Typically, I much prefer shooting beautiful women and people in general over landscape photography, but I’m actually kind of excited to see how those shots turned out. I’ll post them as soon as I get them back, which will probably be tomorrow since I paid DOUBLE for one-day processing. *sigh*

In the meantime, speaking of landscape photography, here are just a few photos I took of the lake in my backyard (aka My Happy Place) when I first received my Canon EF 35mm camera back in December. This camera belonged to my husband’s father, and he loaned it to me after I mentioned wanting to get back into shooting film. I’ve really enjoyed shooting with it so far. In fact, there is still a half-finished roll of film in the Canon EF waiting to be finished off as we speak, but I’m TRYING to be patient…..

Shot with a Canon EF 35 mm camera with Kodak Portra800 film.
Just a shot of the woods leading out to the lake. Not a super exciting photo, but I do love that sunlight coming through the trees.
Shot with a Canon EF 35 mm camera with Kodak Portra800 film.
Welcome to my Happy Place. 🙂
Shot with a Canon EF 35 mm camera with Kodak Portra800 film.
Meet Rosie, my youngest Doberman and my regular hiking partner. This is Our Kingdom.
Shot with a Canon EF 35 mm camera with Kodak Portra800 film.
The fall and winter months out at the lake are my favorite because the water level is lower, giving us a rocky shoreline. During the spring and summer months, they fill the lake all the way up to the woods.

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