The day my camera skipped half a roll

It’s a sunny cloudy day and I’ve decided to take a walk through the neighbourhood to get away from my computer screen and finish a roll of film. I already took 18 shots the day before, so with “only” 18 left I felt like I could quite easily finish the roll and develop it the same day.

Excited I roll back the film, take it home, and open it with a can opener. I struggle a bit to get it on the spool, but after a few minute the film is light sealed inside the tank and I can begin mixing my Caffenol developer.

Development is fast and without anything exciting, I agitated the film, rinsed it with water, added the fixer, and then cleaned it with a drop of soap.

When I unrolled the film from the spool I was shocked: Half of the film was black! And even after drying no images showed up. All 18 shots from the first day were lost – apparently my camera didn’t advance the film, as the first frame was an image I took that day, and not the day before.

Well, mistakes happen and I’m bummed, but what can I do? Next time I’ll make sure the film is properly loaded!

Besides the photo above I got three others out of the 16 that were on the roll, which you can find below.

Always taking selfies 🤳


One response to “The day my camera skipped half a roll”

  1. […] I’m hooked. Developing film at home is so exciting. After my experiment of shooting Fomapan 400 @ ISO 200 didn’t work out well (maybe because I light leaked the film a bit 😅), this experiment was a full blown success. Beside a few images that were underexposed all photos turned out great, and I’m truly surprised by my little Konica C35 EF3 zone focusing camera. I’ve already loaded it with some Agfa APX 100 which I’ll shoot at ISO 200, let’s see how that goes! (The results are already in!) […]

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