When it goes wrong

When it goes wrong you might as well really go for it. I call it a learning experience. I have not owned my Leica MP very long. I’ve only put three rolls of film through it. I have many cameras. So sometimes it is easy to forget how to unload and load the film. Each camera has its unique ways to do things.

So after two days of shooting up near Mt St Helens in Washington, I was crushed to find out I opened the back of my camera before all the film was rolled back into the canister. If you shoot film you know the sinking feeling that gives you. I wanted to cry.

I quickly closed the back and rewound the rest of the film. Two days of shooting down the drain. The weather had been perfect too. It might be Spring before we dry out again.

To make matters worse, I like to unload my film in low light or no light. So I went into my guest bathroom which has two doors so that I can have complete darkness. I unplugged the automatic nightlight. So after I closed the back of my camera I noticed a light leak coming in around the second door. What? I unplugged it. Right, but it seems it kept flashing even though it wasn’t plugged in. I am doomed. Note to self: take night light out of the bathroom.

Still took in the film to have developed and much to my surprise I only lost about 10 frames. This is what you get when you open the back of the camera when you shouldn’t have……..

These were the last two frames I shot so they are the worst:Oregon_Leica295


Mt St Helens, Washington

Not as bad as I got past the first few frames:




Sorry, but I could not be bothered to crop, edit or correct any of these.

(all taken with a Leica MP and KodakĀ Portra 400 film)


About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me. I use both digital and film cameras.
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1 Response to When it goes wrong

  1. It’s an intersting accident.

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