I’ve got my holiday films back now from AG Photo Lab but this time I ordered prints too. This is the part where I wished I’d paid more attention in school so I could put across my feelings and emotions more eloquently.
I love them! Honestly I can say that I don’t think the lab could’ve done a better job but that aside, actually getting prints back as well as the scans gives not only more value to my photos but also makes them more sincere (probably not the right word but hopefully you know what I’m getting at).
My wife and I sat on the sofa last night with a cup of tea thumbing through the photos and it was a lovely experience. We were more connected than if we were looking at the Mac screen. She would pass me each print in turn and occasionally made an “aww” sound at some photo I hadn’t yet seen. It built up the anticipation for me. Made it more exciting!
Our holiday was in October but with Christmas coming up we have been using our money for other things so the photos have waited and I’m glad of that. I still have a roll of Tri-X, which I pushed to 1600, left to do but I’m in no hurry.
As for the lab well I couldn’t be happier. I posted the films on Monday and they came back Saturday. They listened to my comments on the previous roll I had sent and added a teensy bit more contrast to them as requested. I opted for the silk finish on my prints which has given the photos not only a retro look to them but also they feel lush to hold! Also I remember looking at photos of myself on family holidays taken with the same camera and printed on the same type of paper.
If you care about anything I post on this blog then PLEASE put a roll of film through a camera, any film camera it doesn’t have to be an SLR, take some important family photos maybe over the festive period and get them printed. Make that your Christmas present to yourself. Don’t be in a rush to finish the roll or get it processed either. But trust me you won’t be disappointed!
(Apologies for bad grammar etc. I’m not a great writer but I write from the heart)