Since I have gotten sick of the photo machine at wolfcamera at 14th street, Atlanta, GA scratching as well as generously spraying dust on my negatives, I am thinking of giving them a rest and start shooting slide.

Update: Enough said. I have already shot my first slide roll and I am not going back the negative film path. I have started using the Fuji Mailers (mail processing by fujifilm. If you want fuji mailers, go to adorama or B&H Photo and search for "fuji mailers") for slide film processing. I am pleased with the results. No scratches on the slides, they mount the slides on paper mounts and imprint the date of processing on the mount. Also, they cost almost 1/2 the price of wolf and Even though the turn around time is somewhat large (approximately 2 weeks), as of now it is worth the money and eventual satisfaction in terms of careful handling of slides.

I have found that the fellas at wolfcamera at 14th street, Atlanta, GA are almost as good as scratching slides (4-5 out of a roll of 36) as negatives. Luckily they scratched the slides on the side opposite to the one used for scanning, so I have them scanned safely.

Update Fall 2003:

After a lot of thinking, I finally enrolled for Georgia Tech's "Introduction to black and white photography" options class. Even though it set me back a flat $100, I feel now that it really is worth it. I already shot my first black and white roll and developed the film today. Even though it was funky fumbling in the dark trying to get your canister to open, and then even funkier trying to get it loaded on the spool, I survived and I daresay that I like it :) When eventually I got the final result in my hand, it was like Eureka all over. Cool, I am gonna shoot some nice black and white and get the 8x10 enlargements for the pictures I really like.

10/12/03: Black and white photography requires a different kind of thinking and attitude than color photography. I think the same kind of scene might come out very well in a color photograph whereas it might be pretty flat (not much contrast) in a B&W photograph. Getting sufficient contrast to make the picture look good and reduce the overall degree of flatness is something that I still have not been able to find out. To some extent we can certainly enhance contrast at print time using filters, but how to make sure that there is sufficient contrast at shooting time. When shooting Color film, I was more concerned with how to make sure that the available contrast does not go over that of what the film can take but here the problem itself is pretty different.