Kodak EKTRA Camera 1

Kodak EKTRA Camera 1

I came home from a birthday celebration in Sacramento for Jeremiah’s auntie to this thing sitting on my shelf. I noticed it once I got home. I said, “What is this?” So I asked my mom what it was & she said, “Oh! I got it an estate sale. I had one of those cameras when I was in college. I was always taking pictures of my friends with that small camera. You know those small film? It’s from that camera.”
They definitely don’t make film for this anymore, but it’s the thought that counts! It’s still nice to have it up for display. Now another one has been added to my growing collection ๐Ÿค—

More info about this cameraย here.

Kodak Star 435

Kodak Star 435

I got this 35mm camera months ago, but I never posted it because I was waiting until I finished the roll to show what came out from it.
When I was going through old family photo albums in November 2017 – December 2017, I found a photo of my dad holding me as a baby on the escalator at Universal Studios. He had this same model camera hanging around his neck. I hopped on eBay, found it, & bought one.

Needless to say, I’m glad it actually works & I like the results!

Because it’s a point & shoot, you can tell in some of the photos that it’s out of focus. We probably stood too close or not far back enough from the subject.

Ha! I probably should’ve taken off my hat ๐Ÿ™ˆ

I absolutely love the look though! It definitely looks super old school. I’m sure with photoshop, Lightroom, or several smartphone apps, you could achieve the same “old school film” look, but I love the feeling of getting real film developed.

It doesn’t seem to look that great during overcast weather. If anything, it actually makes the photos look even older (?). I’m not sure if that even makes sense, but I love how it looks in sunny weather like the photos above when we went to Disneyland this past April.

Test Roll from the Canon Sure Shot TELEMax

Test Roll from the Canon Sure Shot TELEMax

A couple of months ago, I mentioned in this post that I bought a film camera at a thrift store for $4!

I finally finished the test roll, got it developed, & this is how the shots turned out.


Jeremiah & I definitely made some focusing mistakes by not locking in the subject before taking the photos. I donโ€™t mind the mistakes I made because Iโ€™m always eager to learnโ€”itโ€™s the only way I can get better.

These are all poorly scanned by me because I didnโ€™t know how they were going to turn out. It was a test roll, after all. I didnโ€™t want to pay the extra $ for a CD file if nothing turned out great.
Now that I know that the camera works fine, I canโ€™t wait to play with it again (but only after I rotate my other film cameras ๐Ÿ˜…)

Where I Get My Film Developed

I’ve mentioned it in past posts before, but I still feel like I should mention it because Foto Express in Downtown San Jose, CA always does a great job with my photos. They often are able to process my photos the same day or the next day vs. Walgreens or CVS, which could take up to a week. I also prefer Foto Express because I like the quality of their CD scans & they sometimes stay open later so you can pick up your prints.

What I Use To Scan My Photos

I normally get my photos on a CD file at Foto Express, but with this being a test roll, I opted not to get a CD because I didn’t want to pay the extra $ if nothing turned out right. Without the CD, I decided to just scan them at home on my Canon PIXMA MG3222.

What Film I Used

For this test roll, I used a Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400.

Canon Sure Shot TELEMax

Canon Sure Shot TELEMax

Last month I was thrift shopping for my Halloween costume & came up on this baby! It was only $3.99, so I thought, “Why not!”
So far, there is literally almost no cosmetic wear!

It even came with a camera case & camera strap.

Can you tell how there are almost no signs of cosmetic wear? Whoever the previous owner was, they must’ve taken great care of the camera, but I can’t confirm that yet as I have yet to take photos with it.

There was also a battery still inside, but there wasn’t any trace of battery corrosion, so my only guess is that it was taken care of or properly stored?

*ADVICE* Even if you properly store your film cameras, it is never a good idea to leave the batteries inside because you could develop battery corrosion or permanently damage your camera. It is always advised to take the batteries out of any film camera when it is not in use.

Thankfully the battery needed for this camera wasn’t hard to find unlike my Minolta SR-T 202 or Minolta X-370? (I can’t remember which one had a battery that was hard to find as they are rarely sold in stores).

I bought the battery at Walgreens & replaced the old one.

Once I replaced the battery, the camera started right up!

Since I got this last month, I didn’t want to shoot with it yet. I wanted to finish the roll from my fisheye which you can see here. Now that I finished my Fisheye roll, I can’t wait to start using this! I’m taking it out this weekend, so I’m crossing my fingers real hard & hoping that the camera fully functions & the photos turn out well!

35mm Film from my Fisheye

35mm Film from my Fisheye

I haven’t taken any film photos in a while since film developing is expensive, but I started this roll at the beginning of this summer & I am so happy with the turn out!

There was a huge light leak on the first photo, which was the only one to be affected, but I didn’t mind it! I think accidental light leaks can add character to a photo. These photos were taken at my nephew’s first soccer game โšฝ๏ธ

The last couple of photos I took from the roll were at the Dell’Osso Pumpkin Patch ๐ŸŽƒ

There are more photos of my family from the roll, but I prefer to keep those separate on my personal Facebook account.
My sister wanted me to develop her rolls of film too, so I brought it to the same place I get my photos developed. The ones that survived turned out great!

Where I Get My Film Developed

I get my film developed at Foto Express in San Jose, CA!
I could get my film developed at a cheaper rate at places like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, or other photo shops, but I specifically go to Foto Express because of the awesome service & quality. Henry is so nice & helpful. He also gives you advice & tries to help out about camera troubles or information about developing. I also brought in a bad roll of film once (one that I didn’t properly wind) hoping that I could salvage it & when I came back to pick up my rolls of film, he didn’t charge me for it. Instead, he gave me advice to learn for the next time I shot with film. He is also flexible with time & will even stay open later than the shop closing time so you can come by after work or school to pick up your photos. I told him I commute from SF & he offered to stay open a little later until I got back. He was so kind to offer, but I didn’t mind waiting until I was free to pick them up! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ Henry has always been super great & I love the quality of my photos when I get them developed there. It’s 100% worth the rate he charges.

Our Fourth Time Together at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Over the weekend, Jeremiah & I went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We haven’t been there in so long & whenever we go there, we’re usually just hanging out at the beach. We’ve never actually roamed around the Boardwalk. In all my years of living here in the Bay Area, I didn’t know how much fun the Boardwalk actually was ๐Ÿ˜…

We parked in the designated parking lot, where, upon paying for parking, we received a sheet of coupons we could use throughout the Boardwalk.
There’s free parking around the area, which is a better option if you don’t want to pay & don’t mind walking far.


Tater Twists

The first snack we had was the Tater Twists! It was our first time having it & it was so good! We actually liked it so much we got it twice ๐Ÿ˜… It tastes just like Lay’s chips. There’s a condiment bar right next to the Tater Twists where you’ll find different sauces & spices to use.

The Boardwalk Sign

Out of all the times we’ve been to the Boardwalk, we never took a photo at the front. I made it a “must-do” this time around ๐Ÿ˜‚

Pong-A-Palooza

The first game we played was the Pong-A-Palooza which is basically beer pong. (tip: bounce the ball instead of throwing it). I didn’t get a prize, but Jeremiah did which was a small skull. We both agreed that the game is a little unfair because you have to make 10 cups in order to get an “extra large” prize ๐Ÿ˜ The plush wasn’t even huge. We played this game twice after a couple of walks around the Boardwalk because Jeremiah really wanted a large Yoshi plush. However, he didn’t make as many cups, so he only got a medium Mario.

The Big Splash

In this game, if you make any of the ping pong balls inside of the colored flower cups, you win a prize. If you land a ping pong ball in any of the clear ones, you get 3 additional ping pong balls.

Jeremiah & I played this game twice, but we didn’t make anything the first time. Keep reading to find out what we won the second time!

Crazy Churro

Jeremiah & I used one of our coupons for our churros! They were fresh out of the fryer when we got them. There was steam coming from them & we had to wait a while before eating it. There’s options to get filling in them (chocolate, strawberry, caramel, etc.), but we settled on the classic churro.

Boardwalk Family Rides

Okay, if you’re still reading you have to promise not to laugh at what I’m about to say next. Ready? Okay…I didn’t know this area (pictured below) even existed ๐Ÿ˜ญ I’ve lived in the Bay Area my entire life & have been to the Boardwalk multiple times with family, friends, & Jeremiah, but I didn’t even know this area was there! I saw it & I asked Jeremiah, “Wait, was this always here? There’s more rides here!”

Cave Train Adventure

Jeremiah & I went on Cave Train Adventure which is basically a little train ride that goes through a tunnel. It reminded me of the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, but less creepy. LOL. The seats are big enough to fit four people in each section.

Sea Swings

Jeremiah & I also rode on the Sea Swings, which was a terrifying experience for me. LOL. I’m not good with rides ๐Ÿ˜ญ This is a ride for kids too! They have a one-seater & two-seater so you have the option to sit alone or with someone. Jeremiah & I did the two-seater because I was terrified.

We also took these photos/film strip (pictured below) in a Photo Booth across from the Rock-O-Plane. The Photo Booth had different borders & other settings to choose from, & we chose one that resembled sea life.

The Big Splash

Jeremiah & I played this game again because I really wanted a prize. Jeremiah didn’t land on any colored cups, but I did! Whenever Jeremiah & I go to a fair, I always win the stuff for myself ๐Ÿ˜‚ I landed on a red flowered cup, which was good enough for a medium prize. I won a purple whale unicorn; you can see it in the center (pictured below), but I got one in a smaller size.

Roasted Corn

I don’t remember the name of the cart, but the cart is right next to Tater Twists. The condiment bar for the roasted corn lacked utensils to spread sauces & spices on the corn, so I advise asking one of the restaurant employees for a plastic knife.

Neptune’s Kingdom

One of the other things we did was check out Neptune’s Kingdom. I don’t think I’ve ever been inside of the arcade at the Boardwalk. Ever. So Jeremiah & I checked it out & played a game of Skeeball, but we didn’t win anything.

I didn’t realize how huge the arcade was. There’s so many games & things to do. On the second floor, there’s a couple of pool tables, air hockey tables, & a bar. You can also play mini golf inside.

There’s a restaurant inside with a few tables, which is something that we’ll keep note of the next time we plan on going here. On a hot day, the shade would be really useful.
There’s another arcade at the end of the Boardwalk right next to the shops.

Fireball

We didn’t ride this, but it reminded me of the “Delirium” ride at Great America.

Blenders at the Beach

I really wanted a slushie before we left, so we got one. There’s so many different flavors & you can mix them if you want!
We got watermelon ๐Ÿ˜‹

The Boardwalk Thanks You For Your Visit

Our Prizes & Instax Photos

These are the three prizes we won. I love my whale unicorn ๐Ÿ˜Š We also took a couple of Instax photos for our photo album.

Overall, I had the best time. I didn’t realize how much fun I’d actually have at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I ate good food, went on some rides, played games, & spent time with Jeremiah.

We both wanted to play more games, but we didn’t like the prizes. We both didn’t want to spend money on games that didn’t have any cool prizes to take home. We wanted to do bumper cars, but we didn’t find it. Maybe using the map would help ๐Ÿ˜… There was one bumper car ride called “Space Race”, but the steering looked weird.

We also didn’t get two snacks that we planned on eating. We wanted the Deep Fried Nutella, Deep Fried Smuckers, & a caramel apple. We were just so full from all the other food that we didn’t get them, but we’ll definitely get them next time!

I mentioned that it was our fourth time together at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, so I wanted to show our memories from the past few times we’ve been there together.

Our Third Time Together at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

March 9, 2015

I took the day off from work because it was my Dad’s death anniversary & I said I wanted to go anywhere, so we went to the Boardwalk & chilled on the beach. We also checked out the pier. I think a couple of places were open on the Boardwalk, but I can’t remember.

Our Second Time Together at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

April 10, 2014

The second time Jeremiah & I went to the Boardwalk was with my family. My sister drove us out for the day, but we mostly hungout on the beach instead of walking around the Boardwalk.

photos taken with 35mm film


Our First Time Together at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

May 17, 2012ย 

Here’s only a coupleย of photos from the first time we went to the Boardwalk together. The day was near our anniversary & we both must’ve had the same day off, so we went to the Boardwalk.

Look at the brochure date…2012?! Time sure does fly ๐Ÿ’˜