I came back from a lovely holiday in sunny Queensland and sent 4 rolls of film off to the lab to be developed. With great expectations I go and pick up my film. 3 rolls more than meet these high hopes, but there was something very wrong with the 4th. The negatives were very dark and splotchy and my photos over exposed and hardly salvageable.
My first suspect: Heat
While I know most of the lomography community is wandering snowy streets and dreaming of a sunny day however down here in Australia we are having the hottest summer ever with temperatures of over 48 degrees Celsius recorded in the past few weeks. I keep all my film in the fridge until it goes in the camera but the end of this roll was unlucky enough to be exposed on a 30+ degree day. All the photos of the horses were taken on this day yet they seem the least affected, which to me seems strange.
My second suspect: The Lab
Living in the inner west of Sydney, I have many options when getting my film developed. theres the super high end, treat your negatives like gold, offered by Foto Reisl, down to the little man and his scanner in Newtown. I am a super poor uni student so when it comes to developing I send my photos to a chain who then sends them to someone else who develops them and sends them back. While it seems like an overly complicated process it only costs me $6 a roll so I’m not complaining. However, if someone in this process has opened my precious undeveloped 35mm cannister to the burny sun then I might think about taking my film elsewhere. to their defense though, all of the other three rolls were clean, unscratched and perfectly developed.
My last suspect: The Camera
I have grown to love my Nikon F80. I bought it in Prague for $100 to use as a light meter for a 1930’s Czechoslovakian TLR. However it became redundant for that purpose when I realised I owned a phone with a free app for that. For a while I considered selling it but then started to realise I really liked the fact i could load it with film, set it how i want it then push a button and the auto focus and light meter handle the rest. Its my lazy camera that I rely on for good photos, so the thought of it leaking light all over the place like my Diana is worrying indeed. But I don’t actually think it is the culprit. The photos above are taken with the same film in the same camera only days before and they are perfectly fine, but I suppose i won’t know until I buy more film and take more photos.
Do you have any ideas?
I’m still only relatively new to lomography and still finding my feet. I pick up cameras everywhere i go and try to get the best photos I can out of them, learning new things every time from how to get 12 pictures from a diana F+, to finding the right sized battery for a Bronica ETRS, to loading film properly in a Flexaret TLR and to figuring out what went wrong with my Nikon negatives. And maybe if I can figure out what went wrong I will be able to take more pictures like these