What Happens When a Photographer Takes a Vacation

© Matthew Jonas 2010

It’s extremely rare but I do occasionally get to take some vacation. If you want to know the truth I actually had to take some vacation or it would expire at the end of the year.  That is pretty much how I imagine most staff photographers do it. When most people go on vacation they start off by packing clothes. Not me. I usually start by packing cameras. After I am satisfied by the variety of equipment I have packed I move on to clothing. This year I took 3 cameras (only 3!?!): a Seagull TLR, a Leica CL and a Canon G10. I left all of my DSLRs at home. The camera that saw the most “action” was my TLR. I ran a couple of rolls of film through it while visiting the Cabrillo National Monument in California. The photos attached to this post were all shot with the TLR and then scanned. I suppose that kind of defeats the purpose of shooting film but I don’t have access to a darkroom anymore.

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Film in the vegetable drawer

© Matthew Jonas 2010

Last week I decided to load up a roll of 120 into my twin lens. If you are like me and many other photographers, you keep your film in the vegetable crisper drawer. I popped open a box of Kodak TMAX 100 and found 2 rolls of exposed film inside. Apparently that film has been in the fridge for a couple of years. I had the film developed and scanned over at Englewood Camera (Chris, you did an awesome job). Boy was I surprised by what came out. In 2006, I took a Hasseblad SuperWide to California. The photo above is from that trip. I can’t believe the film survived more than 4 years in the fridge. I also can’t believe that I didn’t have the film developed the minute I got home. One thing is for sure, I really need to get a SuperWide again and shoot more film.

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