- A letter
- 16 rolls of 3 different kinds of film
- Envelopes addressed and marked with postage to a film processing facility
- One beautiful official NASA patch
The letter reads:
August 12, 2004
Terrence Pattinson (spider)
125 2nd St. SE
Plainview, MN 55964
It was great to meet you in Rochester and to talk a bit about photography. That's a nice shot of me that you made. My brother liked the image so much that he wants me to print it for him.
I have enclosed some films for you to try. You are probably quite familiar with them. TriX is conventional black and white. IIford XP-2 is C41 process B&W. The Velvia is slide film. I enclosed some prepaid mailers for the Velvia. I had my labels on them and when I pulled the labels off it left a gummy mess, so I made some labels for you and stuck them on.
The films and mailers are a gift because you are interested in photography and will have some fun with them. Please accept them for the gift that they are. There is no need to reciprocate in any way.
I get my supplies from B&H Photo in New York. They are about the cheapest and service is fast. I order off their web site. www.bhphoto.com
You might want to try C41 in your home darkroom. It's easy ... not much more difficult than black and white. The essential thing is accurate temperature control and meticulous attention to time/temperature. I use the Paterson one liter C41 kits that I get from B&H. Be sure to use distilled water for your C41 (as well as black and white).
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org Drop a note, if you have a chance. Make sure that you say something in the subject line so that I know it's from you and not junk email.
I am not a pro ... photography is just a hobby for me. I am a retired NASA flight surgeon.