Revisiting Analog Photography

After over a decade, I decided to dabble in analog photography again.

I had a black and white photography class in Spring of 2007, took a lot of pictures with an old Canon, and ended up with a bag of about 30 rolls of 35mm film, mostly color. I never took them to get developed. I used to take the color rolls to Walgreens and I’d develop the black and white in class, but then my class ended. And I loved that class. I loved the darkroom. Sadly, I never took any of those rolls to get developed. I’d see them time and time again in my closet and wonder if there was even any images on them anymore and when I’d ever try to develop any of them. I marked some of the canisters with a Sharpie to remind me what was on them. I noticed some were from occasions with people I don’t even talk to anymore. Weddings of people who have since divorced.  But then there were the rolls that I knew would be of value to me. Finally after all these years, I knew I had to do something with those rolls.

My first thought was to take a few rolls to Walgreens. Do they still develop film? I called and was told they can develop, but it would be sent out and take about two weeks, plus it would be about $16. Umm no. I did some more investigating and found that most places so have to send them out to a lab and cost around the same. I even heard some places don’t give you your negatives! They give you a disk with mediocre scans on it! Again, no!

I decided to call a local camera shop and got a better response. You get to keep your negatives, they care about better quality, but with a steeper price. I wasn’t ready to spend too much money on this film not knowing if there were even any good images on them since they were exposed over a decade ago. So my options were to spend the money and take a risk, let them sit in my closet longer, or throw them away? I suddenly got a wild idea to develop them at home. I have a mediocre negative scanner, so I can develop them and digitize them for online viewing. I figured I developed black and white before, I could learn to do color. I looked up instructions on YouTube. I researched what I would need. I became a little obsessed about giving this a try. The cool thing is my Dad, a photographer since he was 18, gave me a few boxes of his vintage darkroom supplies. Some were too vintage for me, but I did find some things I could use.

I recall there being more camera and darkroom supply shops, but I only found two in town. The one I used to go to when I needed supplies for my photography class has closed their doors. It appears we now live in a digital age and analog is being kept alive only by those who are passionate about it. Although I decided not to take my film to get developed at a camera shop, I would support their business by going to them for the supplies I need to develop the film.

I bought the chemicals. I was still unsure which to buy so I asked the man at the camera shop. I thought I made it clear I was wanting to develop color film (C41) and thought he gave me color chemicals. (I found out later that I was given chemicals for black and white development and the store doesn’t regularly stock color chemical kits.) I was very paranoid about mixing the right dilution for the chemicals and did my best.

I couldn’t find the right thermometer so I used a stupid digital one, which I found out later was a crappy idea. Again, I thought the chemicals I had were for color, so the right temperature was necessary. So I was paranoid. I got the kitchen sink set up. I set everything up in the bathroom and put all the things in order so I knew exactly where they would be once I am in the dark and need to transfer the film into the developer tank. I did my best. These are a few of the images I came up with:

These are pictures taken indoors with the flash on. Not the best setting for nice images. Of course natural light is my favorite. But what makes these images priceless is they are my cats. The dark cat is my cat Isis and she passed away in 2016, so of course it’s a priceless treasure to have new pics of her to look at. Never mind the quality.

Here are some other images from the rolls of film I’ve developed:

There was a roll of black and white film and a roll of color. I didn’t expect the color film to look so black and white. I thought to myself, “Wow, these rolls of film expired long ago. Did the color degrade that much?” They are literally black and white images with a purple hue. After investigating, that is when I discovered the fact that the chemicals I purchased were for black and white processing. I still have, yet, to purchase color chemicals and give that a shot. But I can easily make these greyscale and they look just fine.

I have developed a lot of my old rolls of film, and I still have more left. I still have a lot to learn. I will be writing more soon.

 

Denunciation

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Denunciation is based in Sacramento and described as Disgusting Misanthropic Ignorant Death Metal. After experiencing them live, I can say that description is pretty accurate.

Members are:

N. Barnhart – guitar
J. DeOdio – vocals
N. Liuzzi – drums
B. Tardiff – bass

These musicians have all come from other bands I’ve loved, so I am in total support of this project. They are in the process of recording at Earth Tone Studios in Sacramento and also have some shows coming up. I advise you to follow them on Facebook for info and updates.

 

Follow Me Dark

Follow Me Dark is an alternative metal/hard rock band based in Grass Valley, consisting of members: Stephen Kozak (vocals/guitar), Elliott Grove (bass), Sean Batinic (guitar), and Jim Boots (drums)

I have done shoots with Jim before when he was in previous bands, Chronaexus, Minenwerfer, and Nunfuck. I was happy he trusted me, once again, to photograph his current project. It was a fun shoot and the guys are really nice! They have a show coming up on May 17th at On the Y in Sacramento, Ca.

Please follow them on Facebook and Instagram under their band name for more info and updates!

Edge of Spring Fantasy Fair

I went to a two day fantasy fair event in Auburn this past weekend and had a great time! I have no idea why I don’t frequent these events more often, I need to change that! So much opportunities to take fun pictures! It was sprinkling here and there, but that didn’t stop me from wandering around and seeing what there was to see! It was especially muddy near the knight fight area, but I was wearing old boots I got from the thrift store, so I wasn’t stopped from getting a bit closer because my lens doesn’t zoom that far. I’d like to get better lenses one day, but it will have to wait.

These are just a few of the pictures I took, just to get an idea. I uploaded all of them to my Facebook. As always, I always struggle with indoor photography because of my crappy gear. My outdoor ones didn’t turn out that magnificent, either! I didn’t have any weather protection for my camera, so I kind of rushed through my picture taking in order to keep it from getting sprinkled on. My gear is cheap, but all I have for now. Who am I kidding, I will probably never upgrade!

Anyways, I had a wonderful time at the fantasy fair. The escape from monotonous life was badly needed. Too much all work and no play for me. I kind of wanted to just stay in that wonderland for a little while longer. Oh well, I must wait for another similar event, and I will definitely be on the lookout!

Visit the Edge of Spring Fantasy Festival website for more info on this event and attractions! Thanks to everyone involved in that awesome event! It was quite fun!

My old photo archive on Flickr will come to an end.

I first started my pro Flickr account 10 years ago and have been paying only $24.99 for it annually. After about 36,000 photos uploaded there, I went on a hiatus for a few years.

You may view it here: Old Flickr Photo Archive

When I decided to pick up my camera again, I decided to start a new Flick account and start  fresh. You may view the new one here: Photo Gallery on Flickr

The new account is currently a free account because you get a terabyte of space for free, so I’d rather not bother getting a second pro account. But Flickr has notified us that they will be making changes and will no longer be providing the free terabyte! Free accounts will allow 1000 photos or videos. Pro accounts will cost $49.99 annually! I’m not paying $100 a year for two pro accounts, hell naw.

This leaves me with a decision to make. As of now, I have decided I will probably upgrade my newer gallery to a pro account once I get closer to uploading 1000 images. But as for the old archive, I will probably cancel the pro account renewal. I believe all the images on that account will be reduced to only 1000, which is the maximum for free accounts, which I might even consider deleting that account all together. It will feel weird to delete it after 10 years, but it makes me wonder if anyone even visits it anymore, anyways. Blah, I figure it’s time to move onward.

Anyways, I believe all of this takes effect in April 2019. Enjoy my old archive while you still can.

 

 

“Just the right amount of dog shit.”

I finally did another photo shoot with Mischa after roughly four years. Mischa and I met ten years ago and did our first shoot together, and we did many more following that. My last shoot with her was in 2014 and my old camera finally broke. I took a long hiatus, and she took a hiatus from modeling as well. But we whipped something together recently because I missed shooting and wanted some content to put on my newly renovated website. And I really just missed shooting with Mischa.

Even though we both felt we’d be a bit rusty, she didn’t miss a beat at all! And as always, there were humorous moments. Let me tell you a bit about it.

We simply used clothing and supplies I had here at the house. Since we knew we’d be using the backyard, my guy had to clean up some dog shit. His dogs have an all access pass to piss and shit all over the backyard, so we definitely wanted to avoid encountering any of that. Another thing we had to deal with was the sun. The temperature slowly rising and the sun would eventually be a bit too bright to shoot without having to navigate around harsh light. The best idea was to get up and start shooting when the sun had just risen, but we weren’t trying to get up that early.

We had a really fun time shooting! One we started getting into things, my guy walked out back to ask if there was too much dog shit in the yard. She replied, “Just the right amount of dog shit!” I happened to snap a picture of her when she said that, so this funny memory had been documented.

The last set was to be under a trellis that is covered in grapevines and had fallen on one side. She was to get under that and put on a body stocking, and I did put an old sheet on the ground to keep her off the dirty grass.

It had gotten a bit hotter outside by then and got a little uncomfortable. I was squatting down to get the right angle and I was also in the sun, and she was wearing a wig, latex, and goo under a body stocking, and it started smelling like hot dog piss and shit outside! We wrapped it up and were very happy to go indoors and get cleaned up.

Again, Mischa is a great model and very fun to work with, and she didn’t lose her touch. As for myself, I think I did alright. I was too busy stressing over how bright and hot it was that I didn’t notice some of my settings were off. Some of my pictures were blurry. But I am definitely pleased to have done the shoot and there are a lot of images I love.

Here is an image from our shoot.

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The rest of them can be seen HERE at my Flickr gallery, and I will be adding more soon!

 

 

Defecrator

Shortly after I did my shoot with Gloriam Draconis, I was also honored to do a shot with Defecrator. They are a black/death metal band from Sacramento. They are currently working on their full length and seeking to play more shows outside the Sacramento area.

Anti-Human Black/Death of Satan
Angel Raping Invoker of Bestial Chaos: guitar/vocals
Anti-Human Unholy Sexslayer of Hate: drums/vocals
Abhorrent Orgy Ejaculator of the Dead: bass/vocals
Check them out: