was in Chicago for a job interview and so we met for lunch. Lunch was out near Lab One, the professional photo lab where I've been taking all my slide film and black and white film. I had not been there in a while because I'd been shooting mostly color negative film as of late. The vacation to Oregon, however, gave me a good excuse to break out the Fuji Astia and Provia (slide films) and so, er, well I did.
Anyway, we get to Lab One and the front door is locked. The door is locked and there is a sign on the building:
Everything Must Go
Last Day: June 11th
My heart sank. There was not other note or notice, but it would appear that Lab One is no more. Another victim of change in the digital revolution.
And so, of course, I've been thinking about what I want to do with my photography. Lab One was close, good, and decently priced. The next closest lab downtown is a bit more of a walk and also does really good work. But they're more expensive. Enough so that I am considering giving up slide film for anything but very specific applications. This is not the direction I want to be taking actually. I want to be using more slide film, having greater control over the final output, and learning more about photography.
But that may not be in the cards and I may indeed need to start saving for a Digital SLR and a series of lenses. I've been quite resistant to the DSLR simply because of the initial costs. The Canon 20D is $1400 and in order to still achieve the field of view my 24mm lens offers me, I'll need to shell out another $800 for the Canon 10-22mm or $600 for the Tamron 11-18mm. (Plus memory cards and extra batteries) That's a pretty substantial buy-in...
So, the quandary continues. I've discussed it before and am no further towards making a decision than I was before. Feel free to ignore these ramblings as I'm sure I'll do it again... :)
Current Music: QCD: [725 -2:45] Eric b & rakim / Don't sweat the technique