My Sitacon ST-3

This past summer (2015) I traveled to Ohio to meet my family at my Grandparents old house. We spent time going through the closets and storage areas looking for important family items and things that we didn't want sitting hidden in closets. Naturally, I spent most of my time looking through old photography equipment and slides from my mom's childhood. Then I would get the stories from my mom about Grandpa making them pose while he would fiddle with settings and try to set up the perfect family photo (minus himself of course).

Accidental Double Exposure - Second Beach, La Push, WA

One of my finds was a Sitacon ST-3 camera. It is an old 35mm camera similar to the Holga but with a little more substance (and some metal construction). I threw a roll of film into it and started shooting. It is a fun little point-and-shoot that has three different light level settings from cloudy to direct sun light. The most interesting thing about the camera is that the focal plane that the film sits on is NOT flat. The film is held for exposure in a curved position that results some interesting distortion on the edges of the frame. 

One thing that was surprising is the large number of double exposures caused by failed winding. It seems like winding too fast can cause some slippage and results in a partial wind of the frame. But, now I know the risk and it gave me some interesting shots of Second Beach in La Push, WA.

It is a cool little camera that I always have in my bag and randomly pull it out to take a few shots wherever I am. I really enjoyed what I got on my first role from the camera, and am looking forward to my future results from this little camera. 

Snoqualmie Falls, WA

Seattle Ferris Wheel

At Second Beach, La Push, WA

On the Pier Seattle, WA

Second Beach, La Push, WA

Developing my film again!


Since moving to Seattle I lost my ability to develop film. Taking classes at Belhaven University was allowing me to access the darkroom on campus where I was able to develop film and make prints. After about a year and a half I finally got the last few pieces in order to develop film from home. It was a slow process of acquiring gallon jugs, chemicals, reels, and a tank. Now I have gotten it all going and have gone through the process of finally developing my film from when I drove out to Seattle. 

I was able to look at my photos from the Grand Canyon and the rest of my journey from Orlando to Seattle. 

The upside to getting all of this set up is that I now have more motivation to shoot film again! Since I got everything ready to go I have shot more than 4 rolls of 36 exposures. So it has really lit the fire under me to get out and shoot more film.