There Is No Cat

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

52@52 Week 11

I tried to take this week’s shot with New55 film again.

It didn’t work.

Shame, really. I met a family on the pier in Atlantic Highlands, two kids, a mother, and a grandmother. The grandmother was very chatty and asked if I wanted to take their picture. Sure!

I should have shot them with the Tri-X 320 I had. Oh well. I just got a gray blob. Not sure what happened with that one.

With the second shot of New55, I know what happened; the shield came all the way out instead of stopping where it should have. So that one didn't turn out either.

$34 wasted, and my success rate dropped below 50%, where it had been hovering reliably.

Atlantic Highlands Marina

This was shot with the aforementioned well-expired Tri-X. I found a box of 50 sheets in Columbus, Ohio, at Columbus Camera Group, a funky store in a repurposed old church just off High Street. They had a lot of funky old film when I was there last year, including a Pro Pack of AGFA Scala in 120 format, which I also bought (and haven’t used yet; it’s sitting in my film fridge). I don’t think it was stored particularly well, but I also think there’s something with the bellows on my camera that cause the odd shadowing in the lower corners. I’m looking forward to getting my Wanderlust Travelwide and Intrepid cameras, which won’t have those problems. I had a really bad time with film this week. Both New55 shots failed, and a roll of Fuji Superia 800 that I shot on our first day in the new office with the Canonet QL17 came out utterly blank, not even any markings on the film; I think the chemistry went bad. Sucks, because we’ll never have a first day in that office again. I guess this doesn’t happen with digital. Part of the charm of film.

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