Great Grandma

I’m having a hard time getting back to writing on this blog as frequently as I used to after this long summer break, but my goal is to do posts several times a week again sooner rather than later. I have a whole backlog of digital photos that I took in Sweden that I haven’t even taken past pulling up in Lightroom yet, and a whole bunch of film photos that I really like that I want to share here at some point.

Anyway, the subject for this post is great grandma. It needs to be clarified that it’s not my great grandma. Heck, three out of four of my grandparents died before I was 10 and none of my great grandparents were still alive when I was born; so this is about my kids’ paternal great grandmother who is happy and healthy at the very respectable age of 97 and whom my children are lucky to get to see at least once each year when we go to visit my husband’s parents at their cabin in Washington state.

I really wanted to get one good photo of her that I could print in the darkroom and that would be a forever memory for us of her. I did not bring my big DSLR with me on that trip and, because we met her at a restaurant where I couldn’t “separate” her from others for a portrait or have her pose for me in any way because it would have interfered with everybody’s dinner, I only got one shot on my film camera where I was able to got mostly just her in the frame. You can imagine how nervous I was thinking whether that one frame was what I needed or not. You can also imagine my happiness when I scanned the film and realized that it was all that I had hoped for and then some. I have only surface level knowledge of who she truly is, but this photo somehow captures everything I know of her. I’m actually really, really proud of it. And really, really happy that I now have something frame-worthy to remember her by.

(Mamiya C330f, 105mm 3.5 DS lens, Ilford Delta 3200 film, developed in Ilfotec DD-X)


9 responses to “Great Grandma

    • You should definitely try it. I don’t know if you do chemical (darkroom) prints at home, but the Ilford Delta 3200 film, while seemingly grainy on scans from negatives, looks nearly grainless when printed in the darkroom. I printed this very photo on 11×14 paper the other day (my first ever print from a 3200 negative) and I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the print.


      • Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately I currently scan only. Printing is on my bucket list. Thanks for the blog, it provides some inspiration. Looking forward to more.

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      • I’ve been neglecting my blog for a while, other things have sort of come in the way, but I’m planning on starting to post again in the near future. Glad you enjoy it and nice to see another Mamiya C330 shooter. It’s by far my favorite camera.


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