A few days ago, I processed my third roll of film at home and gave myself a second attempt at scanning it as well. I'm getting more proficient with the developing part and I actually look forward to it. There's something immensely satisfying about donning gloves, mixing chemicals, taking temperature readings, and then operating in total darkness to produce images that will be seen by you before anyone else on the planet. It's like holding a secret in your hand.
I typically dread scanning (and I still do), but I decided some research was in order before I threw in the towel, swearing under my breath. As it turns out, reading some instructions and helpful tips totally changed my approach and attitude! Who would've thought? Here are some of my favorite images from this roll of HP5:
I also managed to put another roll of film through my Mamiya, and it did not go well. I literally burned through the grain due to massive overexposure. I'm perplexed as to how it got SO blown out because I synced the settings to my Leica's in-camera meter and the Leica's exposures were spot on. The lab guy suggested a possible shutter lag...hope that's not the case because I'll be going to Quebec at the end of the month and I want to bring the medium format system with me. Here's a combination of images from Clickin' Walk 2017 shot on my Mamiya, Leica, and Polaroid SX-70...
I realized during this walk that I have definitively become an analog photographer at heart because I simply took very few shots. Film gives you the ability to look at a scene and decide whether or not you truly care to press the shutter. As a result, I had to run through the rest of the film when I got home/the next morning. I decided to capture some quotidian of course.
I've accomplished pretty much both goals for May within a week, so I guess now I definitely have to put another roll through the Mamiya and hope there are no functionality issues there. I'm also on a mission to find someone I know who has been to Quebec City and can recommend places to go. It's my annual "Mommy Vacation" and I desperately need a European/French fix, so Canada it was! Can't wait :-)