San Francisco with the Olympus OM-1 and Kodak Film

On our recent trip to Napa, I decided to take the OM-1 and a handful of Kodak color film (a few Portra 160 rolls, an Ektar roll, and a Kodak Gold 400 roll). Scanning 35mm film is not something I typically enjoy, so when I made the decision to shoot 35mm on the trip, I also decided to send my film to Richard Photo Lab for developing AND scanning.

I’ve admired the work of a few friends who use Richard Photo Lab exclusively, but I have always struggled with the idea of sending my film across the country for developing - especially when we have so many great local labs. Pictures from a California trip, however, seemed to be a good match for the airy, muted color aesthetic that Richard delivers. I suspect my usual New York cityscapes wouldn’t be a good fit for the Richard look, but San Francisco and Napa turned out to be perfect.

Kate, Chloe (of course the dog made the trip), and I spent a day and a half in San Francisco before meeting her family at a rental house in St. Helena.

Chloe's Favorite Spot When We Travel, Kodak Portra 160

Chloe's Favorite Spot When We Travel, Kodak Portra 160

We stayed in the Fillmore District and immediately had to take a walk down to the Embarcadero.

Always love this view of San Francisco, Kodak Portra 160

Always love this view of San Francisco, Kodak Portra 160

Palm Trees, San Francisco, Kodak Portra 160

Palm Trees, San Francisco, Kodak Portra 160

Awesome Tree, Kodak Portra 160

Awesome Tree, Kodak Portra 160

Walking through Fort Tyron, Kodak Portra 160

Walking through Fort Tyron, Kodak Portra 160

Curved Piers, San Francisco, Kodak Portra 160

Curved Piers, San Francisco, Kodak Portra 160

Plants in the Harbor, San Francisco, Kodak Portra 160

Plants in the Harbor, San Francisco, Kodak Portra 160

Crossing Lombard, San Francisco, Kodak Portra 160

Crossing Lombard, San Francisco, Kodak Portra 160

On the second day, we went to the Mission District where I popped into Clarian Alley for some street art. I was just finishing up a roll of Portra, so I was able to switch to Kodak Ektar for these shots. And the folks at Richard Photo certainly delivered good scans of street art.

Vaughn Bode Mural Tribute to Moebius, Clarian Alley, San Francisco, Kodak Ektar 100

Vaughn Bode Mural Tribute to Moebius, Clarian Alley, San Francisco, Kodak Ektar 100

Clarian Alley, Mission District, San Francisco, Kodak Ektar 100

Clarian Alley, Mission District, San Francisco, Kodak Ektar 100

Clarian Alley, Mission District, San Francisco, Kodak Ektar 100

Clarian Alley, Mission District, San Francisco, Kodak Ektar 100

Guitar Player and Friend, Clarian Alley, San Francisco, Kodak Ektar 100

Guitar Player and Friend, Clarian Alley, San Francisco, Kodak Ektar 100

A note about Richard Photo Lab: their scans are fantastic; they needed absolutely no retouching. Being able to forgo scanning and every bit of tedious touch-up work in Lightroom made the splurge of having my negatives scanned worth it.