It’s been a rough few days – I was confined to bed after being a bit sick.. A combination of drinking too much and eating too much rubbish.

So as much as I love scanning film in, I don’t love the developing bit as much – especially when not at the top of my game. It’s not the most exciting job in the world.

I had to go to Tesco anyway, and thought I may as well get them to do a few of my 35mm rolls whilst I was there – at 98p per reel for dev only it’s not all that much cheaper to DIY it.

Imagine my surprise when the photo-lab told me that it would take 2-3 hours to develop the 3 reels of 24exposures. Apparently it takes an hour to develop a roll of film, and they can only do one roll at a time.

Oh really?

I didn’t bother with the obvious arguments about every other time in the past that I’ve had 4 developed at a time within 15 minutes by them, or that they must be the only lab in the world that took an hour per film, or indeed that that would mean there could only be one customer per hour.

Instead I waited till I got home and phoned the manager. Turns out they can do more than one film per hour – big surprises there – and that they’re going to do the processing for free if I go back.

I’m not sure if I can be bothered going back now though. It doesn’t seem worth it for the three quid that I’ll save.

Here’s me in Crail last week, where I’d like to be just now.

Hasselblad with Kodak Portra 160NC (expired 2006)

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