Protect Negatives from Strong Light

I’ve gone and done it again… opened the film back before rewinding the film. This time, it was out of frustration. I shot frame 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, and it just kept going, and would’ve likely hit, maybe, 42 or 43: the good people at Lomography just included a few extra frames on this roll.

Disgusted, I opened the back to wind the film on properly and discovered that it was already wound-on and very near the end of the roll… In sha’Allah, the next time that happens I’ll stick the camera into the dark bag and make sure. I mean, I like all the crazy colors, but there were a couple of really nice shots in that last couple of frames, I think. Continue reading “Protect Negatives from Strong Light”

Load Film in Subdued Light!

As far as I can tell, most commercial color negative film can be loaded under whatever lighting conditions you like: I’ve loaded Lomography Color 100 & 400, Fuji Superia XTRA, and some others under cloudless skies at high noon in August in North Texas with no problem. Sure, some of the more niche and limited edition films (Rollei Digibase, the Kono films, Lomography’s Cinestill 200, etc.) and some black & white negative film—pretty much anything that comes in a black film canister or wrapped in heavy black plastic—still calls for loading in subdued light, usually on the package somewhere in big, bold letters. With the Digibase, I think the clear polyester base is a bit more sensitive to light than orange cellulose, and with the limited edition, handrolled films, I think they’re using recycled film canisters that (they’re afraid) might leak a bit. I have no clues about the black & whites, and so maybe my suppositions about the others are incorrect… Allahu alim, and probably some more tech-minded people.

Anyway, it’s probably best to go ahead and shade the camera with your body (at least) when you’re loading film.

But, if not, if I’m wrong, or you just don’t care, please don’t go opening the back of the camera in broad daylight unless, of course, the film has already been rewound into the spool. If you do, you might just end up with some fun pictures like these… Continue reading “Load Film in Subdued Light!”


I’ve mentioned it a few times already, but over on my tumblog, I’m running an ongoing series of pictures taken with the iPhone, while wandering up, down and around the parking garage or the various strip malls, or down in the strange, brand new, bright and shiny soccer/cricket/lacrosse fields near the creek and wooded area nearby, on my newly (as of November 2015) enforced lunch breaks. So far (and for the foreseeable future), the project happens with the iPhone 5 and Hipstamatic in its shuffle mode. I shoot 20 or 30 or 40 pictures of whatever catches my fancy, pick the best one, maybe massage it a bit more with the fancy Hipstatools, and try to post it before I get back to work.

It’s a fairly quick procedure, usually, and one that won’t really work with the (slightly) slower and more deliberate film process. But that’s fine, as it gives me more opportunities to shoot and more things to share here, so Alhamdulillah. Continue reading “Lunchbreak!”