Restless for Film V


Once again I am waiting for a roll of film to be processed. As my regular readers will recall, I picked up for less than the price of a coffee an original Olympus Pen half-frame film camera. The first roll of film I put through as a test is the one above. The second roll is being processed. I am a bit anxious to see what it has to offer – guessing exposures is still not within my comfort zone, and I have tried to use the half frame aspects to deliberately shoot diptych and triptych groupings on the negative, with the idea of scanning them as a single image.

In a few days, we will see if any of it worked out. Till then, I wait. Waiting for film is something I had forgotten about since going digital.


Canon 5Dii, Canon 50/1.4 lens, ISO100, f1.4, 1/200th



10 thoughts on “Restless for Film V

  1. I think it’s unusual that the film is not cut into strips and placed in sleeves. I haven’t seen a “roll” of film since I last developed my own (3 years ago). Processing film was a winter project for me so I would shoot rolls all year and store them in a cool place. I could do 4 rolls in each of 2 Nikor tanks but I seldom did 2 tanks at a time. I guess this was a case of the film waiting for me. And I always shot my cats in the last few frames.


    • Hi Ken. This is the way the lab did it but now I am making sure they don’t cut them. For my future projects of diptychs and so on, I don’t want the film cut by someone else in case the sever a relationship between images that I want kept intact. I have to cut them to scan them, but am happy to do that myself.

      Cat-frames seems like a good name for the end-of-the-roll shots – Melinda can probably use that in her grant application. Besides which end of the roll is a corporate name for a discount flooring store (around here anyway), and that is not quite the right association for these frames. Though many of my start-of-the-roll shots are of the floor, and they end up at one end of the roll too. If you can follow that.


      • After years of collecting “cat frames” I took some (not all) of the 35mm black and white negatives and contact printed them, hand colored each and mounted and framed them all. It ended up being 16×27 inches and is mounted/framed on a 23×33 inch board. It still hangs in the family room. This is part of the stuff I worry about after I’m gone, not any of the digital stuff.


      • Wow Ken – what a terrific idea! That really illustrates how interesting a phenomenon Catframes can be. I would love to see that work some time. Sounds to big to scan and post 😦


  2. “Waiting for film” sounds sort of quaint, doesn’t it? I remember that my dad would mail his completed rolls of film off for processing along the way while we were on vacation; if the trip was long enough, there’d be a couple of boxes of slides waiting for us when we got home. And, then he’d finish the last roll still in his camera with random shots like the litter of kittens that was born while we were gone, or my sister and her friend making homemade ice cream, or me sunbathing on a towel in the backyard. Those end-of-the-roll shots are turning into my favorites these days, with their offhand glimpses of what went on when we weren’t posing for the camera, but we caught by it.


    • Hi Melinda. You calling me ‘quaint’? Hmm… I thought it useful to post a photograph of film so that my younger followers (if there are any) would know what the rest of us were talking about.

      I think that the end of the roll images, the last frame or two or three shot to get the film done and out of the camera are interesting. They are either to get a roll off for processing, or just to ready the camera for another outing so that a change of film is not necessary in the field. Either way, the shots are often less studied, more candid and of subject matter normally not considered (though I have quite a few old ones of the inside of my camera case…). It is probably a whole genre in photography the subject of an MA, and if not maybe it should be!


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