Yesterday was Valentine's Day, or, as my husband calls it "National Day For Card Companies to Scam You". As you can see, we're a very romantic couple ;) My Valentine's joy was spread out over a few days. My husband got my an orchid a couple days before hand as my Valentine's day present because he refused to go to the store on Valentine's day. I bought myself the Alex and Ani Jedi symbol bracelet as a gift to myself (hey, don't hate ;) ) My parents sent me a gift card to B&H which has already dutifully been spent on a pro-pack of TMAX 400, a pro-pack of TMAX 100, some hypoclear, another datatainer, some film clips, and some negative handling gloves.
There wasn't any romantic dinners, we ordered pizza, and I spent most of the day sorting my negatives to start the tedious process of re-scanning them all and playing some Fallout 4. Yes, you heard that right, re-scanning ALL of them. (insert groan here)
Why am I doing this you ask? Well, over the last several months I've had one laptop that had a hard drive fail, then when it was fixed later on my husband caught it on fire (yes, like real literal hot fire that had to be beat out with a blanket) and then Best Buy told me it would be covered under my extended warranty, but the repair facility in Kentucky said it wasn't, but they would be glad to fix it all for me for a tidy sum of $425 dollars. Anyways, then I was using a borrowed laptop, and now I finally got a replacement. Through all of that I've had some of my negatives and edits on other portable hard drives, but I was tired of having a hard drive that had a bunch of random mixed photos between digital and film on it. So, last week, I got a brand new, sleek and shiny portable hard drive JUST for my film. Hence why we are here. On top of that, I rather don't mind the tedious task of scanning negatives. I put them in my scanner, run a preview, and set them to scan while I finish out a quest on Fallout. It works out rather well. It also gives me a chance to look over old negatives and breathe new life into ones that I had previously discarded, like this one.
As a bonus, the night before Valentine's Day, Cinestill announced me as one of their beta testers for their Cinestill120 campaign! (insert squeal of delight). I have belovedly been following Cinestill's rise the last few years. I haven't always been able to afford to purchase their film, but when I have, I've been dutiful about making the most out of it.
I backed their new indiegogo project to support the production and release of Cinestill 800T in 120 format and on my Instagram I've been posting daily #favoritesoncinestill that reminisce on some of my more favorite shots taken on the gorgeous film. If you haven't backed it yet, do it! As you can see, I conveniently linked to it twice so you can't miss it.
So that about sums it up! A wonderful day full of relaxation and family topped off by being chosen to be a new beta tester for an amazing film. Can it get any better?