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