When a photographer takes a camera between his/her hands, a lot of choices will have to be made, technically and aesthetically. Light and film are essential to create an analog image. Will the photographer use a color, a black and white film.Which sensibility? How to light the scene?Which angle to shoot? Major discussions than can make an experienced photographer hesitate.
As far as I am concerned, for this trip to Istanbul, I have chosen a 400 Iso film ( HP5+)…; Another unpredictable mystery of my personality…. Why, Oh! Why? because I did not want to bother myself with a tripod and thought that if the sensibility of the film is higher, the exposure time will be shorter. Bad calculations.
I searched on the internet for a table of exposure for Holga’s aperture ( f192). I used 3 rollfilms: one for each day I stayed in Istanbul.
Developing these rollfilms was a disaster, although my first attempt as a pinhole photographer was successful. In fact, I was in a hurry to see the results but in the same time, I did not have enough time to do it. I thought It would take 15 min maximum, like last time. It took me 50 min…..Grrrrrr!
Many times, the rollfims fell on the ground and I could not find them in the dark.I had to use the light of my watch to find them back. I finally could do it but I was late to bring my son back from school because of this. My twenty fingers and I are more dangerous the X Rays….
i did not mention that my tiny bathroom was not well isolated.There were some leaks of light. Amateur photographer!!!!
The lessons I have learned from this experience: Photography is like a school of life, you learn from your mistakes.
1) Never listen to your husband concerning your photographer choices and bring a stand next time.
2) Do the contrary of what the unpredictable mysteries of your personality tells you.
3) Don’t be in a hurry to develop your rollfilms.Have a deep breath and cross fingers.
4) Work in the night not to have light leaks.
PS: Maybe I should rename this blog: Diary of a baby born analog photographer. There are so many things I have forgotten about analog photography.