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the baby and the bathwater.

31 May 2011

This is what happens when you’re a bit strapped for time and your usual weekend photo lab is just a bit too far out of the way, so you drop off your two rolls of Ektar 100 at the CVS pharmacy a block away from the gym.  And you’ve had good results with CVS before — they’re capable of this, so I mean, so how badly could they possibly fuck anything up?

The answer: very badly.  I don’t know what chemicals were in the developing tanks, or if they hadn’t changed the chemicals recently or properly, but just about any detail got lost amidst weird saturation, red tonal shifts, and/or neon blue tones irradiating anything directly hit by the sun.   The photo of Shannon taken for the Backdrop Project — I mean, I know how to do this, and I know how to do this in less than ideal light, but Give. Me.  A. Break.  I haven’t been this flabbergasted and flummoxed in a while.  Especially since I was starting to feel more inspired of late, taking the cameras out at every possible opportunity. 

The photos above were taken with the Nikon FE.  The ones below were with the Leica.  THE LEICA.  Sigh.  I guess I’ve learned my lesson. 


4 Comments leave one →
  1. 31 May 2011 7:01 pm

    every once in a while my lab screws something up too. it’s so disconcerting. ugh.
    hope they gave you your money back at least.

    • 5 Jun 2011 2:55 pm

      i decided against going back to CVS to get a refund — it just didn’t seem worth it to try to explain how the photos should’ve turned out to photo people who didn’t catch such an obvious error in the first place.

  2. Daniel Littlewood permalink
    31 May 2011 9:54 pm

    Is that a kitten playing with a lens cap?

    • 5 Jun 2011 2:55 pm

      yup. bosco the kitty was quite enamored with my zeiss lens cap!

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