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 🤗

More info about this camera 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 🙈


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.







Camera: Kodak STAR 435
Film Type: Kodak Gold 200

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 don’t mind the mistakes I made because I’m always eager to learn—it’s the only way I can get better.

These are all poorly scanned by me because I didn’t know how they were going to turn out. It was a test roll, after all. I didn’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 can’t wait to play with it again (but only after I rotate my other film cameras 😅)

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.

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!
Camera: Lomography Fisheye
Film Type: CVS 400

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 ⚽️


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







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! 😭🙏🏾 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.

Seattle on Film + random

I haven’t really had any recent photography posts. It’s been a while since I’ve gone out to shoot. Hopefully I find the motivation to go out again.
Here are some film photos I took last summer when Jeremiah & I went to Seattle & some random photos I took in San Francisco.
















Camera: Nikon EM
Film Type: Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400

Minolta SR-T 202 x 50mm f/1.7 x CVS 400 film

Remember the Minolta film camera that my brother gave me? Here’s the first/test roll from the Minolta SR-T 202 for my personal project “One Film Roll A Month Project

I picked up my film photos today & I’m so happy with how they turned out✨

  •  if you’re shooting with film, don’t get your stuff developed at Walgreens/CVS/Rite Aid because the quality is awful, you have to wait over a week (which sucks if you’re impatient like me), they don’t send back the negatives, & they’ll mess up your roll (already had two bad experiences)
  • go to your local photo shop where they actually care about the quality or send your stuff in at thedarkroom.com !
  • if you live in the Bay Area, get yours developed at Foto Express in downtown SJ. They give back the negatives+photo CD for just $2 more than Walgreens. They’re quick & the quality is superb💕
    If you know any other place that develops photos with great quality somewhere in the Bay Area, please let me know!


I really need to work on focusing more or being more assertive with my subjects & telling them to hold still. LOL.
It doesn’t really help that my eyesight is kind of blurry now because I have this bad habit of looking through my phone when the lights are off/dim & I strain my eyes 10x more now when I edit/sort through photos. >.<
If I’m taking photos of you, please be patient with me. I’m sorry! I have to take time trying to manually focus on my subject.

Bella at the bookstore on Haight St.


you’re forgiven. lol. cute card we found in the bookstore on Haight St.


Randy & Sharina looking through books






I was having one of my tough weeks, so Jeremiah surprised me with my favorite flowers when I came home from work. they bloomed beautifully.


custom t-shirt design at the Treasure Island Flea


looking through vinyls at the Treasure Island Flea


we found Frank guys….Sinatra!


Randy looking for treasures to bring home to Sharina

I knew that these photos of us were going to turn out dark because we were against the sun. We’re supposed to be facing the sun, but the view was that way!







Jeremiah, the City, & a little boat.

Camera: Minolta SR-T 202

Film Type: CVS 400

Holga 135 x Fujifilm 400

Sometime in October (2015), I borrowed one of my best friend’s film cameras (Holga 135).

I tried doing this personal project called “One Film Roll A Month Project”, but it didn’t work out so well. Lol. I have a couple of film cameras on my shelf that I want to make more use out of so that’s why I created the project for myself, but I’m just so used to using my digital camera or my phone.

It’s a new year so I really want to try & start up the project again.
Besides wanting to make use out of my film cameras, I really want to work better with film. It is such a challenge because I want to make use out of a roll by not messing up any shots.

I got my photos developed at my local Walgreens. I go to this other local photo shop in downtown who does same day pick-up (a bit more expensive than Walgreens/CVS), but I already knew that my roll didn’t have any good shots so I didn’t want to spend the extra bucks on the developing. I was right though!
I only had 5 that came out decent. Surprisingly the ones that turned out decent were the ones I took while I was in a moving car.
The story behind that: I went to the Treasure Island Flea Market with my brother & sister. As we were driving out of Treasure Island I wanted to take a picture of the Bay Bridge so I rolled down my window & my sister yells, “Hurry up! Take the picture! We’re about to pass it!” & I started panicking. I was trying to take the photo & then I yell, “Omg! Wait! I have to rewind it!” LOL! My brother in the back saying, “Oh my Goddddd….”. We were all cracking up in the car.
The struggle of using film cameras man.

The rest of the photos were underexposed ):

Camera: Holga 135

Film Type: Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400

morning coffee x looking over prints x Kurt Cobain documentary on Netflix

Sometime in August (2015) I researched the best 35mm film cameras & among those on the list is the Minolta X-700.
In that same month, I bought a Minolta X-700 on eBay & gave it to my brother as a Christmas present. I was hoarding it in my room for months. I was way too excited to give it to him.
I really wanted to get the Canon AE-1 or the Pentax K1000, but he has a couple of Minolta lenses so it didn’t make sense for me to get him a different brand film camera if he had limited glass for it.
I kept pestering him on Christmas whether he opened my gift yet. haha. He loved it btw ^_^

I took this photo of it once it arrived in the mail. It was surprisingly really clean & well taken care of compared to other sellers photos that I saw on eBay. This one didn’t have any scratches, dings, etc. whatsoever. It also came with a strap.