Color film developing

For a long time I’ve been wanting to try developing color film at home. I’ve had a roll of exposed dishwasher film that my friend Inge gave me two years ago but my local lab wouldn’t develop it, which leaves me with having to do it myself.

I finally bit the bullet and bought a kit when I saw that Cinestill made one. I watched the video on their product page and they make it look so easy! And I had all of the things I needed to do it the way he did, including a foot spa! Plus it seemed pretty inexpensive. I spend around $25 to develop two rolls of color film at my lab, by the time I pay for shipping.

I was super nervous to try it but decided to jump in with both feet right away, rather than procrastinating (my usual M.O.). I developed a roll from my Holga an a roll of pinhole photos from my Zero 45 (which I will share next time). I am very pleased that it all came out and that I didn’t screw anything up!! The film I used in the Holga was a very expired mystery film, which might account for the graininess.

The photos in this post are the from that Holga roll. I shot these in the Hollywood district of Portland in March.

I will talk more about this whole color film developing in future posts. Also, I still need to develop the dishwasher film! I will update the blog when I do that.

#100happydays, week 4

This past week was a pretty good week. Not pictured: on Thursday I got to judge the library’s poetry contest and the teen category was particularly strong. I enjoyed seeing kids I’ve known for 7 years read poetry they’ve written. It’s weird to have worked here long enough to witness kids growing up into teenagers.

The library opened a seed library this past Saturday, which is very exciting.

I was a little freaked out on Friday that we were all going to die in a nuclear holocaust. So glad that fizzled out.

And finally, I had a lot of fun drawing a comic as homework for a drawing class I’m taking. I may have to do more of it! (incidentally, you can keep up with my drawing adventures at

Fun with a new pinhole camera

A few weeks ago my buddy Todd sent me a new camera design to test out (He designs 3d printed cameras). I was completely thrilled to volunteer to do this! It is a box camera with a 75mm focal length for 4×5 film. I am used to the wider angle of a 25mm focal length so was really excited to try something new!

I decided to try the B&W film first since I had developer on hand. I had a lot of fun with the camera during the week and I’m loving the results so far. The camera is really lightweight and easy to carry around with me.

I am currently shooting through some color film and will develop and scan them this weekend. The results of that will be in next Friday’s photography post, so more on that later.

Check out the info about the camera on Thingiverse (and print one if you wish!). More about Todd can be found on his website.

For all of these photos, Fuji Acros 100 was used and they were developed in Diafine.


that time when I had short hair

It’s weird the way the mind works.

Grandpa EdI was walking to work this morning and I thought about the last time I saw my Grandpa Ed. I remembered our conversation, how he told me he loved my short hair. He was laying in his bed, frail and wasting away, and I burst into tears. I realized at that moment that this would be the last time I saw him and I couldn’t hold them back. My heart just completely broke apart in that moment. I thought about the look of resignation and sadness on his face when he saw me cry. It was an awkward moment that was also filled with understanding and love. He said a few words, something like, “It’s okay, don’t cry Moni.” And I realized I needed to pull myself together because a person on their death bed should not be consoling a person who is visiting them, saying goodbye. But that is exactly what happened.

As I was walking along, thinking these thoughts this morning, I wondered why this moment popped into my head today. And then I realized it was because of the photo above, shared on Facebook by my mom yesterday in honor of National Sibling Day. The portrait of me and my siblings was taken the week I came home to say goodbye to my grandfather.

I loved seeing it yesterday, it was made for her as a gift for Mothers Day in 1995. But it’s weird how your brain unconsciously plays connect the dots and that somehow it reminded me of this moment with my grandfather.

Week 3 of #100happydays

This week was all about photography! I shot a lot of pinhole and I tried developing color film for the first time! I am really proud of myself for not procrastinating that.