. . . Yes it’s true.
As much as I love shooting film, the simple truth is that I just don’t have the time (for the foreseeable future) to process film.
With the VW Camper Van now up and running, I’ve been visiting more places and taking more photographs than ever before. On some trips, I can come back with 4 rolls of 36 exposure 35mm film (144 exposures).
Let’s put that into context . . .
I arrive home on the Sunday. Assuming I still have the energy to process the films, I will do it that night. Now, 4 rolls processed in a 2 roll tank takes 2 x 20 minutes + 10 minutes drying the equipment after the first development. The rolls are then hung to dry overnight.
Monday evening (after work), I cut up the negatives into 6 exposure strips. That’s 6 strips per roll x 4 rolls = 24 strips. Two strips (12 exposures) are then placed in the scanner and a preview scan done. The ‘wheat’ is then sorted from the ‘chaff’, and let’s say for example that I get 4 keepers from each set of 12. The 4 shots are then scanned and saved ‘as is’. This is repeated 12 times and takes about 2-3 hours. By now I have 48 photographs and I’m ready to hit the sack.
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are spent processing the images in Photoshop, a total of about 7-8 hours. Typically though, each negative will need the brightness and contrast altering, scratches, hairs and dust removing with the ‘healing brush’, the size and resolution reducing and finally, saving for the web – 48 times. 😀
Typically if all goes well, I can have a selection of pictures and a short write-up posted on the blog by Thursday evening.
However with digital . . .
I can download the images, process the ‘keepers’ in Photoshop and SilverEfex 2, resize and save AND have them posted on the blog that evening. If not (and really usefully), I can post the pictures and do a write-up during my lunch break the next day via my iPhone with WordPress App. 🙂
So here (and with a slight tear in my eye), are a few shots from the last roll (though there are more film shots to come) :-
So the Leica M5 and lenses are up for sale on eBay and I have already bought and used it’s ‘digital’ replacement.
But that’s another story, soon . . .