Back in the Groove (Almost)

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted anything on 52rolls.net. I could make lots of excuses but it’s mostly because I had been letting a long standing physical disorder get the best of me. In the last couple of months I’ve managed to turn things around and get myself thinking about life and all…

The Power of the Dark Slide

I guess shooting 4×5 film sheets count for a post even though they’re not really physically connected. A friend of mine told me about a month ago that his Linhof Kardan Super Color 4×5 as feeling neglected and insisted that I was the right one to give it some much needed attention. Next thing I…

Week 17: Strolling at Sunset

Taking a chance or two and trying new things are what make photography interesting. Taking lots of chances and throwing caution to the wind makes it even more exciting. My wife Cheryl and I do this quite regularly when going out shooting with old cameras that we’ve found and cleaned up a bit but which…

Week 16:Stand and Develop

Life is full of unknowns and variables. If I was of a mind to have perfect pictures whenever I wanted, technology would gladly grant my wish. However, It would come at a price. The computers in my phone and digital cameras already do that for me. I can set them to fully automatic mode and…

Week 15: The Day of the Samurai

Sometimes I wonder how company marketing departments decide on what a new product is going to be called. In the American automotive arena we’ve had Mustangs, Cameros, Corvettes, Thunderbirds, Hawks, Falcons and a host of other birds and animals. Cameras have had names like Brownie, Medalist, Retina, Signet and a plethora of other monikers, just…

Week 14: Making the Most of the Mundane

I can’t remember the last time I used the word ‘mundane’. It’s one of those terms that’s a part of our vocabulary but for most of us doesn’t float to the surface very often. The only reason I dusted it off and trotted it out is because it’s the only description that really seems to…

Week 13: Pictures Like Mom Used to Take

This is an update to the weekly “Flea Market Walk About” post I do for the Random Camera Facebook group. Might as well kill two birds with one roll of expired film so here it is. A while back I picked up a Kodak Tourist folding 620 camera like the one my Mom used when…

Weeks​ 12: How Low Can You Go?

 ​Some weeks it seems like none of the rolls I shoot are worth writing about. Sometimes I stop by my favorite camera store on the way home from work just to dig through their stash of expired film. Occasionally an interesting roll bubbles to the surface like an old bone from the La Brea tar…

Week 11: Another Russian Rangefinder

I’ve taken a couple of rolls with my recently acquired Kiev 4am. It came with a Helios 103 F1.8-22 lens and a Jupiter 8. I shot Kodak TMax 400 with the Helios and Fujicolor Superia 200 with the Jupiter 8. The only thing I have to compare is my Zorki 4k with a Jupiter 8…

Week 10: Embracing the Unpredictable

I’d heard of cross processing E6 slide film using c41 chemistry but until last week I’d never tried it. I’d read that the results can be unpredictable and color shifts can be radical. In spite of having some misgivings about wasting a perfectly good roll of Fujichrome Provia 100f I wrote ‘please cross process’ on…

Week 9: From Russia With Love

My Zorki 4k showed up on the porch last Friday without much ado. I’ve been wanting one for a long long time. I’ve been impressed by the image quality of the Zorkis as well as photos taken with the FED and Kiev cameras. I think Reg Pritchard, Ian Mackechnie and several other Facebook group Random Camera…

Week 8: Clunky But Cool

My wife and I like to do Saturday and holiday trips around central and southern Colorado when the weather is nice. Since we both had President’s day off last Monday we decided to take a trip and do some random photography. Picking the destination isn’t always easy since we’ve covered a lot of the major…