Yesterday, I made a little discovery: I found an undeveloped canister of film. I honestly don’t know how old it is, how long it’s been sitting, waiting to be found, and if it’s even worth getting developed. For all I know, the blasted thing might be absolutely blank and getting the film processed might render no results.
I’m going to do it anyway.
I walk by a Walmart nearly every day as I head to work; it won’t take much for me to drop the roll of film off and check back a few days later. I’d promise to post a picture of the resulting prints, but I’m thinking that the only way I can is to snap a shot of one of the pictures.
Again, I have no idea whether or not I’ll actually get anything out of this. The roll may be far too old to produce any results. But I won’t know until I try.
It’s been a long while since I’ve been anywhere near a film processing counter. I stopped using traditional film cameras well over a decade ago. I had been working at Walmart for a few years and had gone through at least two different cameras; neither one gave me the results I wanted. Eventually, during the holiday season, I used my employee holiday bonus of an additional 10% off a one time purchase to grab a digital camera. I also grabbed a few SD cards for it later.
That camera took a lot of trips to BotCon and Miller Park. I used it to snap shots of new Transformers in the Hasbro display cases and Prince Fielder as he stepped up to the plate. I have shots of a Weird Al concert that Prime and I attended in Milwaukee. I also have pictures of our late cat’s tail, as he would watch as I was about to take his picture. He’d sit perfectly still until my finger began to move. Then he’d walk away, leaving only his tail in the frame.
I told you that cat was smart. I also know Sammy did that on purpose. How do I know? He did it every single time I tried to get a shot of him while he was sitting down. That’s no coincidence.
As you can tell, my digital camera has been through a lot. I still have it–I’m far more prone to use my tablet or cell phone to snap any pictures–and it does get some use on occasion. But I haven’t purchased a roll of film, let alone had one developed, in at least a decade.
I’m a little excited about this. I wonder what I’ll find when I get the photos back; will they be from a BotCon? Or will it be something else? We’ll just have to wait and see here.
Expect an update when I get them back.