What do you do when the blues get to you? For me, it’s simple – surround yourself with great company and just head out to the beach!
I found myself in some kind of a rut in the beginning of summer. Everything was not working the way I wanted them to and I just can’t seem to get a break. Luckily, a good friend hit me up and invited me to a beach trip to Cavite. There was no hesitation, I knew I was in the moment I took the call.
After counting down the days to the trip, there it was. My good friend and I were hungover before the trip, we got home past 4 am and the call time was 6 am. We had just a wink of sleep to let the whiskey go down and we got prepped for the trip. As expected, everyone was up early and cheerful. I couldn’t blame them; the beach was waiting for us.
Still buzzed from the festivities of the night before but with our minds on the great time that was waiting for us, we made our way to the beach in Ternate, Cavite. The place where we stayed was located inside an army camp so we were not allowed to take pictures but the sand and surf was awesome.
I immediately whipped out my Konica C35 AF loaded with homemade redscale Lucky Super 200 film and started shooting. I had only 24 exposures in the film so I figured I had to plan my shots well. I got interesting redscale shots that were just right for the effect I was looking for. The film made sure I still had other colors aside from the usual yellows, oranges, reds, and pinks from other redscaled film.
The only regret I had during the trip was winding my camera too much. After the booze came in, I lost control and tried to advance the film even though I reached the 24th exposure limit. Needless to say, the homemade redscale ripped and I had to respool it again at home. I wasted good 10 shots, I think.
Still, aside from the film mishap, that kickstarter summer trip was one of the best beach trips I have had in the past years. I couldn’t wait to do it again. Reconnecting with old friends and making new acquaintances is something that I’d recommend to anyone any time of the day. And of course, capturing the good clean fun on film is never a bad thing.