As soon I knew my wife was pregnant I thought I had to do something special for her… for them!
A diamond ring? Nooo! Something more special. What about taking pictures? Could be nice. A video? Much better!
So I worked on it. The situation was: she was 5 weeks pregnant. A normal pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks. If I wanted to take a picture a week I needed 36 pictures, so a regular film would be perfect. Then I had to choose a camera. I thought my Smena 8M would do the job, as she had never failed before. Then, the film. I wanted b&w. I thought that taking pictures at home would need a very fast film. Ilford Delta 3200 offered what I need.
Every week I had to take one picture. She must be in the same position, same clothes. The camera should use the same settings, and obviously being in the same position. So I put the Smena on a tripod, focused her, and I made some marks on the floor, in order to remember their position. I started on week 5. Every Sunday night we did the same ritual. As she put on the same clothes, I put the camera on the same position. Don’t move! click!
The belly was growing, and film was ending. The baby came 4 weeks earlier! She was born on a Sunday, so that day I couldn’t take a picture.
I still had 3 pictures to take, so the following weeks, every Sunday night, they were in position, until the film was finished.
Then came the post processing. I sent the film to a professional lab. Asked for a contact sheet and high resolution scanning of it.
At home, when mother and baby were resting, I took frame by frame, and with the help of a morphing software I found on the net, I made the film.
Well, that was my present for them. Hope you enjoyed it!