from the darkroom



I mentioned that one of my goals is to shoot a roll of black and white film each week and develop it. If I have time I also want to play around in the darkroom too. Since the Mr had to work yesterday I had lots of time!

These photos were also the first look at results from my new (to me) camera. I bought a friend’s old Canon EOS 650 and I am super excited about it. It is my first Canon and I can use the newer EF lenses with it! Apparently the camera has only been used a few times and has been in her brother’s attic since the late 80s. It was hard to contain myself when she was offering it to me.

Anyway, I was anxious to see the results of my new toy so after I developed the roll I made a few prints. Making prints is challenging for me. I have no idea what I am doing. I always make a test strip (which I hate. It’s the equivalent of knitting a swatch before embarking on a knitting project, which I also hate). However, the test strip really doesn’t do anything for me at all. I still end up wasting paper trying to get things right. On the other hand, it isn’t really a waste since I am learning (I hope). My philosophy in life is that with practice you learn. Even if it seems like it doesn’t make sense at the time.

Here are a couple more:

The apple stuck in the fence.

The path in the park

I am enjoying taking my camera with me everyday to work and capturing things that I see randomly. Today I am going to head into Portland with my new camera to the Japanese Gardens.

My Grandfather’s Camera


I mentioned that I inherited several cameras last month from my Grandparent’s house. I’ve been having a blast playing with them!

There are a couple that I am especially happy about. One of them is my Grandpa Ed’s Honeywell Pentax.

When I got the camera it had film in it. I was very excited to discover this. Unfortunately I discovered this when I opened the back, exposing all of the lost cherished memories. I decided to finish off the roll anyway but I didn’t know how to use the camera and made really odd exposures so nothing turned out on the roll at all. I got to endure the ridicule of the Walgreens “Photo Expert.” So that was fun.

However, when I fall down I pick myself back up and try again. I loaded it up with cheap drugstore Fuji Film, and armed with knowledge gleaned from the operating manual, I was off and running!

I brought it to work and shot the entire roll on my walk home in the evening, finishing it off with a slightly-drunken evening stroll with the Mr. later on. Dropped it off at Walgreens and an hour later I had the results.
spring is an explosion of pink

The old car dealership

Inside the old car dealership

spring is an explosion of pink

omygoodness I am very happy. I think my grandfather’s camera and I will get along just fine.