One of my birthday presents finally arrived in the post from Slovenia on Saturday – an Ondu large format pinhole camera. Rather than the roll film I’m used to, it takes 4x5 sheet film, so over recent days I’ve practised loading a sheet into the film holder by touch, inside a light-tight changing bag – a skill I knew I’d need when the camera arrived.
The weather and work commitments over the weekend left me with little free time, but I stole a few minutes around our village church to shoot a couple of sheets of film to give the camera a quick test drive. When I chose to get a large format camera I knew I’d need to develop my own film because of the high costs of getting it done commercially. I’ve gradually gathered together all the things I needed to do this, and this plucked up the courage to develop Saturday’s photos.
After a nail biting hour in the kitchen, working through the various processes I nervously pulled my developed negatives from the tank and was thrilled to see some photos on them! The photos are nothing extraordinary, but they prove the process works and I can see I’m going to have fun. Even better, I won’t have the week long wait for negatives to come back from the lab in future!
12 April 2021