I love those random rolls you acquire as a film photographer. Old expired ones as part of lots or at the bottom of old camera bags you got with old camera purchases. You know the ones, we have all had them. You throw them into new cameras as test rolls, just shoot them when bored to see. I think most of us have done it.
I know, I know, I said I would be posting more frequently… I have been, but still probably not as often as I should be. haha
While I have been a little quiet here the last month, I have actually been really busy in whatever spare time I get. Whilst a lot of my time away from work has been in preparation of the birth of our first child, I have still managed to steal away often enough to go for wonders with my camera. I must admit I have been starting to formulate a focus in my shooting as of late. While in the past I freely admit I have been predominantly a snap shot shooter, still am to some extent, I am trying to focus myself on creating more images that are of a nature that they would stand up to printing or display in a gallery, I have had quite an interest in rural landscapes to this effect as of late, I will share some once I feel happy enough with any of the images I have created.
So as some of you may remember from my last update post, I had created a facebook group called 1 Day in 1 Roll where we go out once a month and each member shoots a whole roll in one day then has it developed the subsequent week. Our first outing was Saturday October 27th, and I was pretty amazed that we got the 12 participants that we did, as I had only started the group a week and a half earlier. haha
As the rolls came back from dev. and people showed there shots, I was simply amazed at some of the work. We had everything from b&w to lomo, from 35mm to medium format. It was quite inspiring looking through some of the work.
I will not show others work here, as I have not asked their permission and I know how some are about sharing their images on the net, so I will share with you my roll/s.
It was relatively early for us, when Lisa and I went out to shoot our rolls, for a Saturday that is. We had decided to head into Northbridge as we had not been there as a shooting destination yet. It turned out to be quite fantastic actually. There is some great sculpture work on display at the moment.
After heading out of Northbridge, we crossed the tracks and did a round through Peth too.
This album was taken for the first of hopefully many 1 day in 1 roll events. I would like to share with you all my roll that I shot for our 1 Day in 1 Roll – Event #1 All shots were taken on my Minolta X700 using my Minolta 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens on Peruts Primera 200iso film Expired 2008 but cold stored. I think the film performed quite well, however I fear my trusty X700 is developing a light leak. May have to be off to Max. I was mainly out for a street shoot, however you will notice I started having a play with Depth and Depth of Field. All in all I think it was a great day, had a few set-backs but still turned out to be another positive experience. I hope you all enjoy having a look.
Here it is:
It has now taken me that long to finally get all the pics up to photobucket, that we have since had our Second event on Saturday the 17th of November. The group decided on this date as many wanted to shoot the Beaufort street festival. I had to record with my drummer on this day say was doubtful I’d get out to shoot a roll. I got just enough time at the end of the day to go finish a roll of kodak pro image 100 I had previously loaded into my trusty Minolta X700. I shot these with the 35-70mm manual zoom lens, the last image is a 12 image stitch I took of Lake Joondalup from Neil Hawkins park:
So I signed up for this new 1 day, 1 roll event on Manual lens forum last week. The basic idea is to promote the use of 35mm film again via the method of capturing a day in the life of the world through the eyes of different photographers from all over the globe. Our mission was to dust off our favourite old manual film camera and go shoot a whole roll on Saturday May the 5th. Then within the next 15 days we were to have the roll developed, then share that roll, relatively unprocessed (of course allowing for basic levels etc.) in whole somewhere then post a link back to the whole gallery along with our favourite 3.I enjoyed this challenge on the weekend and found it a great idea. I got my roll back from processing on Monday and was very happy with the results.
I thought I would use this day by taking the opportunity to kill a few birds with one stone, so to speak. I started by grabbing out my trusty old Minolta X700 and mounting my Minolta 50mm f1.4 manual lens as I had been wanting to test it on film, and I was afraid some of the places I might go today might call for the extra f-stops over my Minolta 50mm f2 manual lens.
I then grabbed out 2 rolls of Fuji Pro 160s expired in 2010 that I had been just itching to test, and set out on my day of film photography. I started off by driving down to Fremantle as I like to get away from my local area, and headed out to the old abandoned Power station down there. I have a project that I am helping a friend with that requires some urban decay shots, so this seemed an appropriate place to start, and like I said, kill them birds. It was fantastic at the old power station, so stark and industrial and bleak, yet intensely colorful from all the graffiti art. Not wanting an entire roll on dilapidated buildings, I decided to head into the Fremantle city center to shoot some street around the markets there. I thought a bit of contrast to my urban decay for the roll. As the day started to round into evening I turned up to Reabold Hill before the light faded to shoot some last shots of nature and the view to end the roll on a nice serene vibe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to the next one in a month. I thought I might just take the time to share with you all my roll here. I hope you enjoy!
Till next time, keep well and happy snapping! 😀
Since getting back into shooting film more again, and inspired by some of the phenomenal works that some guys have shot around the net. I had the desire to shoot some B&W film for a while now. I have already shot a roll of Kentmere 400, however being traditional B&W I have not been able to get it developed down the local C41 lab. So while that roll chills in the fridge till I can justify driving the 100 odd km’s to the nearest professional processing place, I loaded a roll of XP2 into my Minolta X700 and enjoyed shooting it over the last 2 w/e’s, using my Minolta 50mm F2 lens.
I am quite happy with the results, if not a little bright, but I think this may be down to the store processing. They did manage to scan them the wrong way so I had to go and flip the images in Photoshop, I hope I didn’t miss any. I wanted to present them more as I got them. I will have a go at correcting them a little in Photoshop at a later date.
Here are a few of my shots. I hope you enjoy.
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In my haste, I accidentally shot these first few at 200iso, so some are a little over exposed.
My Minolta X700 had arrived a couple of months back while I was at work. I raced home to throw on one of my Minolta 50mm F2 manual lenses and bang in a roll of Agfa Vista Plus 400iso. I ran out and shot whatever I could around my neighboring streets before the sun went down, then rushed the film off for processing. Both camera and film outperformed my expectations. I did however in my haste, over expose these shots by 2 stops. This could account for the extra vibrant colours.