Top of the morning to you all! I know, I’m quite enthusiastic for someone who got woken up by a group of passers-by on a Monday morning. My flat is on the second floor and my room is facing towards the pavement so I can hear everything that goes on around the building rather clearly and I do mean everything. Well, thank goodness for my morning coffee fix and this indie track that I can’t seem to stop listening to!
Anyway, the real aim of this post is not to digress into my supposedly lovely morning but to share with you all the results of my very first film roll that has been successfully processed and developed just yesterday, all thanks to Boots in Colchester Town. Honestly, I had no idea that Boots even had a photo-printing service at all. I simply thought that Boots was merely a pharmaceutical retailer but after that wonderful discovery considering that it was a Sunday and all of the studios were closed, I was beyond amazed at how convenient the retalier is.
My first experience of getting my roll processed and developed was a bit nerve-wrecking at first. I was thinking about how the photos were going to look like with the ISO and aperture settings that I used which I had merely learned from YouTube videos and guides online, and whether or not each and every one of the photos that I took would perfectly fit in their respective frames. My fears became real but only for some of the photos as the rest turned out way better than I expected, hence I was truly happy even though there were some not so badly defected photos which I could quickly fix on the laptop.
I requested for 6×4″ prints with white borders and scans of the prints on a CD to be done in an hour which costed me £7.99 altogether. If I were willing to wait to collect my photos the next day, it would’ve been £5.99 instead so it’s definitely much cheaper than the other studios that I contemplated of going to earlier. Despite the Boots employee who attended to me and she forgot to put white borders around my photos which meant that I had to wait for another hour (though I only ended up waiting for 15 minutes since she re-printed my photos immediately after I resounded my ‘distress’ of the missing borders for lack of a better word), the service was good nonetheless and the quality of the photos was commendable, so I am definitely going back to drop my film rolls there in the future! Besides, I got refunded for the whole thing.
And now… on with the photos!
Presenting to you my very first photo on an analogue camera:
… yeah, it was an epic fail, I swear. The lighting was scarce and the photo didn’t fit in the film frame as I thought. My worst fears of imperfection and defects all molded perfectly in a single shot. But hey, I tried not to take it hard on myself. It was my fault for being too eager to use the camera that I didn’t change the ISO meter.
Don’t worry, that’s not all there is to my first roll. There are more photos coming up some time this week and I thought that perhaps it might be better to upload the photos set by set.
Stay tuned and have a good week ahead!