It’s Been A Long Time Comin’…

It’s been a long couple of weeks. There’s been too much going on…

Let’s see. First off, the house is a shambles and has been that way since we had the work crews in to put insulation in our walls, and then patch the walls. Everything is pulled in to the center of the rooms and the outside walls all have plaster on them. They need a coat of paint, but I’m busy for another weekend with the preps for, and the celebration of, Mother’s day. At least we’re not hosting at our house this year. There’s no way that was going to come together in time and too many people are attending now, so we’re just doing the food. In the meantime, the house stays torn up…

I was busy two weekends in a row with family stuff, namely a wedding (which I shot) , a barbeque at my sister’s and a photo shoot for a nephew who’s graduating from high school. The shoots both went well. Actually they went better than I’d hoped and the 30D worked perfectly for both. Not sure I would have done as well with the DRebel.

The Kodachrome A Day project is done and the slides have returned. I’ve only loaded the first roll up to the project gallery, four rolls await scanning and upload. Maybe I’ll get to that this weekend…

I’ve stepped into the world of medium format cameras with the ebay purchase of a YashicaMat 124. The camera looks to be in good condition and I ordered some rolls of Ilford HP5 to run through for fun. I’ve also ordered a new battery and adapter for the camera as they don’t make the mercury batteries for these cameras anymore. Last night I was reading the manual and looking over the camera when I decided to investigate the inside to see how it looked. I opened the door and saw there was a roll of film already loaded! I was sitting on the end of the couch by a lamp so I quickly closed the door. Hmmm. Film already loaded. And partially exposed. It looked like there were about four pictures already run. I couldn’t tell anything more about the film. I decided on the way to work to stop and finish the roll. Opening the back had reset the camera and I had to roll off some film to get it re-cocked. I’m not sure if there was even any film left at that point, but I shot a few miscellaneous pictures to use up what might be left until I heard the take up spool spin inside. When I removed the film, it looked to be Kodak 400 ASA PMC. I googled it this morning and it’s not even made anymore… I wonder if anyone can process it here in town? It says C-41 on the roll…

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