Happy Accidents

“We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”  – Bob Ross

I can be a real clutz sometimes.

Clutz is a technical term for Noob. Or nitwit. Or dummy.

I went to Glen Helen in Yellow Springs and shot a roll of Fomapan 200 black and white film. I really liked it, but Foma doesn’t put DX coding on their film canisters. No big deal, right? Just tell my F4 that I’m shooting a 200 ISO film. Happy Shooting! Right? Right.

Until you go to load the next roll of film.

I’ve never really done well with slide film. The demanding exposure latitudes of slide film have always found me either completely relying on A mode, of which there’s nothing wrong with, or have a roll of completely blown out or underexposed slides. Yay me.

Determined to become better at photography, I loaded a roll of Fuji Velvia 50 into my F4, and went to an old homestead to capture all the wildflowers and abandoned well that still remains. Only one problem.

I never reset my ISO dial. What’s worse, I shot the whole roll -1 step. Ugh.

As a result, there was very little worth noting on this roll of Velvia. Except for three shots.

One is a duplicate, the other I don’t really feel like sharing as I’m sort of “eh” about it.

The last is this one.

As Bob Ross said, a happy accident.




And double check your camera settings!

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Nikon F4, Nikon Nikkor 28-105 f/3.5 – 4.5, Velvia 50 shot at 200 ISO. Oops.



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