film camera

Flashbacks

Many people would often tell us pictures are deceiving. Unless they are altered and manipulated, I think they aren’t. In fact, pictures show us reality; they immortalize a fleeting mood and capture minute details we seldom or refuse to notice.

The first two pictures were taken using my Bell & Howell BF35. It’s like a toy film camera and it doesn’t need any batteries. I carried it around  with the intention of taking pictures of the trees and buildings inside the UP Diliman campus.

I’m not sure but I think this is near The Sunken Garden.

This is the view from the College of Arts and Letters Library. Looks very 1920s, yes?

The next photos were taken using a Canon-AE1 film camera with a Solid Gold ISO 200 color film, but we developed the film in B/W chemicals that’s why the photos are in B/W.

The succeeding photos were shot by Chad, except the last one. The rest of the photos can be seen in this post.

After publishing several posts back in 2010 and 2011, I began asking myself what makes me different from the thousands of fashion and non-fashion bloggers in the Philippines. And the only answer I could think of was ‘I don’t know.’ It bothered me so much I stopped posting regularly, and eventually lost the spot I once held. Don’t be silly, I wasn’t part of the elite 10, or 25, or 40. I was content being part of the top 50, but then the crisis happened.

With Chad’s help, I regained interest in blogging, without thinking of that proverbial question. Who cares really? I started blogging because I like sharing my interests and discoveries—why do we always have to compete?

So I guess that’s what sets me apart—I am not interested in competition, endorsements, cliques and what not, at least not anymore. If I get approached or recognized, then thank god someone enjoyed reading my blog. There’s no need to be catty. Blogging is supposed to be, first and foremost, a therapeutic and fun activity. Higher blog ranks and the perks that come along with it are just mere rewards and should not be a cause of conflict.

With all the things I’ve heard and read lately concerning the blogosphere, I realized being a nobody in the industry has its benefits after all. Besides, my life is already a movie, I do not need any more drama.

If only people would practice humility…

and extend love, life will be much happier.

Developing Photographs

By now I think you’ve already guessed that my boyfriend is a complete photography junkie. Chad is adept in using both film and digital cameras, but he enjoys using the former more especially when he gets to develop his own photographs. And it so happens that I’ve been wanting to do that for a really long time.

I’ve been curious about darkrooms since I saw Alicia Silverstone’s 1993 debut movie The Crush. If you’ve seen it, you can recall that Adrienne (Alicia Silverstone) had this BIIIG crush on Nick (Cary Elwes), who happened to have a photographer girlfriend named Amy. Being a complete psycho, Adrienne tried to kill Amy by locking wasps in her darkroom. Okay, I just realized that’s quite disturbing. Haha. *crickets*

Anyhoo… Last week, Chad taught me how to develop photographs and I will be sharing the stuff I learned.

Since we could not find an extra space for the equipment, we used my kitchen as a makeshift darkroom. We had to cover the windows with towels so light can’t come in and avoid exposing the film and photo paper.

Above are trays where the magic happens. The developer is the chemical that makes the image from the film visible.  The next tray contains the fixer, a chemical which stabilizes the image and makes it insensitive to light, hence the term ‘fix’. And last is the stop bath, which ends the development process and permanently preserves the photograph.

Of course, you cannot begin without your filmstrips…

negative holder…

and enlarger. The enlarger projects the image from the film to the photo paper. The photo paper is highly sensitive to light, except red light, so make sure to keep it in its folder when you’re not using it. Last week I had to cut paper in my pitch-black bathroom. I am not kidding. But I was able to do it! 😀

We wasted three photo papers before successfully printing a photo. It usually takes a few seconds to a few minutes to expose a photograph under the enlarger but our equipment’s light was a bit dim, so we had to expose the photo paper for 10 to 12 minutes.

Afterwards, we soaked the paper in the developer (1 minute); transferred it into the fixer (30 seconds); and dipped it in the stop bath (10 seconds).

Chad holding out our first product. This one was exposed for only 10 minutes, which probably explains why the background is not clear (?).

We decided to leave the next paper under the enlarger for 12 minutes, and we were so happy with the results. Here we are looking so proud. 🙂

The third one was okay but it had fingerprints on it so we decided to throw it away. Sad.

But hey, at least I got to use one as cover design for my fashionary sketchbook. 🙂

Come back soon for more wonderful photos! Finally got to print some from my Bell & Howell film camera and I’m really excited to show you. 🙂

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