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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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Developing film at home

Noe Todorovich

I’ve been itching to develop my own film at home for a while. A few weeks ago, I found out Penn Camera was sending B&W film to Baltimore for developing, since their former chemistry supplier was no longer an option. It was a perfect catalyst. I decided it was finally time.

Looking at Ilford’s developing B&W film guide and this really sweet, thorough post about developing film on your own, I stocked my B&H cart full of chemicals, measuring cups, and other developing gear. And, thanks to B&H’s AWESOMENESS, I was all set within days. So I dove right back in and developed my first roll of film in about a decade.

It. Felt. GLORIOUS.

That might seem like a bit much, but I truly love film photography and got downright giddy being able to be that involved at every step of the process, from loading the unexposed film in the camera all the way to the final results—negatives. Of course, then I need to take those negatives and turn them into some other form if I’m going to share them. Since I don’t have a full-fledged darkroom—yet—I settled on scanning them and bringing them into the realm of digital. (Special shout out to Robb Hohmann for lending me his super sweet Epson V600 scanner!)

I took a risk and developed my roll from NYC, including shots from my friends’ wedding, so I’m really, really glad they turned out. Here’s the contact sheet…

And here are a few shots from the roll...

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I'll be sharing some more pictures from this roll (Sandy & Anthony's wedding!) soon, and perhaps some lessons learned. Until then...

Off the List, On the Streets

Gina Todorovich

I can finally mark something of my to do list. Something I have been wanting to do for literally years

I went to the B&H SuperStore in NYC. And...it. Was. AMAZING.

I knew it would be. It had to be. I heard the stories and watched the videos beforehand. But nothing can compare to actually experiencing it. I'm already itching to go back, preferably with, say, thousands of dollars allocated to spend. (I saw a blue Hasselblad that I swear was calling my name...)

While it may be a while before I'm shooting with that bad boy, I did enjoy taking my Pentax K1000 to the streets of NYC this past trip. I love the unknown factor of shooting film. Not quite knowing exactly what shot will be the first or last, seeing just how the depth of field played out when the roll is finally developed. In the case of this roll, my first shot was a partial one that happened to crop in on a man walking to the metro just perfectly...

A few of the next shots I took were experimenting with the other lens I have that has been taking the back seat to my trusty 50 mm when shooting film. Just walking down 34th St. leaving B&H, I learned how to use the zoom lens. The lens zooms by pulling the front of the lens away from the camera, as opposed to by rotating the lens as I'm used to. Mind = blown. I learned via a few blurry pictures, mind you, but...I learned. And even like a few of the lesson shots. 

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I've been much more apprehensive to shoot street photography with my film camera as the shutter sounds deafening to me and makes me self conscious. However, nothing like the streets of NYC, in particular SoHo, to help me get over that. 

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And I'll close with a few subway shots...

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Until the next roll... (and the next...and the next...)