Every photographer has his or her own way of doing things. Some travel light, some bring the kitchen sink, some develop immediately while others wait and slowly catch up. I have tried it all it seems, and have slowly fallen into a routine for each trip. Targeted images are listed, locations noted and gear selected based on the kind of images I am after. When I return there is a set sequence of things that I do to get organized again.
Moisture and fungus is a constant threat for photographers. I have seen more lenses damaged due to fungus then due to scratches. So when I return the very first thing I do is pull out all the gear out of the travel bag, load it into an air tights tub after removing lens caps and opening the camera backs, and put a moisture absorbing gel with them. I leave them that way for a couple of days at least to pull out all the moisture from the trip.
On this particular trip, I was traveling home to the family ranch. I had never really taken film pictures of the ranch and really wanted to focus on that medium. I shot five rolls of 120 HP5+ film, two 120 rolls of Portra 160 and 12 rolls of 135 film. I mostly focused on portraits and details around the ranch. I hope to be able to pull it into a small photo book about the trip.
Regardless of what I do with the final images, that is a great deal of developing time that I need to put in. Most of the 135 film is either Foma100 or HP5+, which helps however the film was shot at different ISO values which complicates things a bit.
My method for dealing with this is to divide up the rolls of film based on development time. I then try to get them done in batches of 3 rolls at a time. This is large enough to make a dent but small enough to be able to shoot different ISO values.
We arrived back this morning, the gear is in its dryer and I have downloaded a few of the digital files. I will now set out to develop a few rolls of film! The journey is not over for me until the film is developed and a few prints made.
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.