2016-52: Instant Holidays


This is my “Roll” 52 for 2016, though in fact it includes images from 4 packs of instant film. I am amazed that I got to this point on time this year as I was unable to post or even comment on other people’s posts for several months due to being away and totally off grid and other pressures on my time. In various ways I did not meet all the rules this year. Apart from not posting in a timely manner, there were a couple of weeks that I did not get a chance to shoot any film. Some weeks I shot several rolls so in the end I shot 67 rolls or packs of film with 21 different cameras. I have three rolls in cameras that were loaded this year that are unlikely to be finished until 2017.

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I have posted a retrospective of my favourite film shots from 2016 on my blog at the same time as this post is published. You can see that post at this link – I hope you have the time to check it out.

I find it interesting to compare with my 2015 retrospective (link here). I think that in general terms I took more interesting film photos in 2015; probably a consequence of being busy and not getting out enough with photography as a sole purpose in 2016. It might also be due to a diminished interest/excitement for the project in my second year.

For 2017 I doubt that I will participate fully in the 52 Rolls project. I said the same thing last year, but did start out by posting just to make sure I did not get too far behind if it proved possible to fit in. And that kind of kept me in it, so maybe the same will happen this year. Or maybe I will try posting a digest of 4 weekly rolls once a month, or something like that. We will have to see!

So, to this week’s post – I decided to document the holidays solely on instant film. Mostly this meant shooting with the Instax Mini 8 (3 packs), but I also made a few images with a Polaroid Land 100 Auto. These photos range from Christmas day through yesterday.

The Mini 8 was almost exclusively indoors where the flash was necessary. Good thing, since the flash always fires. The Land 100 was used out of doors, and I tried a number of different things with it, including double exposures. The camera is difficult to use – partly because the viewfinder is about 25% off, so framing a shot accurately involves guesstimating. I expect I could fix this problem, although a repair manual says I need “special tool #169443” which I suppose might be an obstacle. With the lack of film for this camera, I have not been motivated to make repairs. Besides which this pack of film has been sitting in the camera for nearly two years getting in the way of repairs. I am not sure if it was me, though probably it was, that caused the film to pull partially through, resulting in parts of one image on two sheets, combined with an unintended double exposure on the second half sheet. The last image in the pack did not present the white tab to pull it through so it looked as if there was no more film in the pack and that one was wasted too. But, for all the waste, I did get a couple of shots that I like – especially the double exposure above.


The plum pudding was excellent. We mixed it up at my parents place in November (picture here).


My son-in-law, an arborist, took down the remainder of our apple tree. It was a huge King that dominated the whole back yard, but 2/3 of it fell last year, the remaining third had rot, and leaned towards windows. The backyard feels all wrong now.


Our granddaughter helped make a chestnut and Brussels sprout pie which is far, far more delicious that it might sound.


She insists on wearing “princess dresses”, to the astonishment of her parents who don’t wear dresses at all, or tiaras.


My son visited on Boxing Day. He was as tired as he looks due to long days of work and nights mixing music in the studio.


Yesterday was a beautiful sunny but chilly day. Good light for FP-100c film. I just put all the exposed shots in the camera bag and peeled them apart when I got home. This meant I was not getting any feed back on my framing guesstimates, but this one worked out pretty well.

To see an enlarged version of any image in the gallery below, click on it and then navigate to others with the arrows or with swiping.

2016-52: Instax Mini 8, Instax Colour; Polaroid Land 100 Auto with Fuji FP-100c (expired 2011)..




5 thoughts on “2016-52: Instant Holidays

  1. I would be done but for the fact that I spend so much time reading everyone else’s interesting posts! Instant film seems to go with the holidays, I shot some at our Christmas Eve celebration as well. And I also have not gotten along well with my Land camera, although since I still have numerous rolls of Fujifilm stashed I will try again in the new year. Happy New Year!

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    • I am conserving my few remaining packs for use in a pinhole camera with a polaroid back that I made. When it runs out, I suppose I might try a conversion to film.


  2. Reblogged this on burnt embers and commented:

    This post brings to an end my 2016 52 rolls project. It consists of images from several packs of instant film, all shot in the Christmas week and mostly of the mundane aspects of holiday festivities. There are lots of soft, poorly lit, instant prints in this post. If you like that kind of photography, then check out this link: http://wp.me/p2ZmXf-g7O


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