Week 50 – Rain

Week 50 was ShootWeek for December’s #FP4Party. In the UK, the weather was pretty grim with the few hours of daylight barely noticeable because of widespread, freezing fog for most of the week. I had a couple of hours on Sunday morning free and took my photofriend Iain to see the Nature Alive reserve that…

A Year in Film…

I’ll be writing up my 52 Rolls summary in the next week or so, but suffice to say that shooting so much film through 2016 has been a complete game-changer. When I read about the project (on Emulsive) in Poland the week before last New Year, I couldn’t have imagined that it would have become…

Week 45, Roll 3 – Poundland

People could be forgiven for thinking that ‘Poundland Film‘ is a myth*. Agfa VistaPlus 200 rarely seems to make it onto the shelves of the two branches near us, and when it does, it seems to sell fast. Each time I’m anywhere near, I’ll nip in, just in case.

Week 45 – Turn The Heater On

Today, I discovered an area that I’ve passed by hundreds of times but never realised its history or significance. The Nature Alive nature reserve is the former Swannington coal stocking yard that served the mines around Coalville for 150 years. Coal arrived from the pits in the area, was dragged up the Swannington incline, loaded…

Week 43: #neopantastic

Roll 82 of the year and I’m back to my all-time favourite film, Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100. Over the years I’ve had some tremendous results from the various forms of Neopan as it seems to handle whatever I throw at it, from portraits to night-time motorways. And on this roll, it delivered on both… My friend…

Week 39: Push Off

The 52 Rolls Project has led me to shoot (a lot) more film which has been mostly good, but not always. There have been several weeks where I’ve resorted to snapshots, just to tick off the week, and 39 was one of those. Similar weeks have occasionally produced the odd photograph that I’ve been pleased…

Week 34 – Killing Film

A wander around town with G, E and the Leica, loaded this time with Agfa Vista 200 – aka PoundLandFilm. Over the course of the first half dozen rolls through the Leica, I lost half of the first frames because I’d not wound on far enough before starting. Accidentally, one of the shots that I…

Week 33: The City Festival

We’re in the middle of Leicester’s annual City Festival week (and a bit) and there are all sorts of things going on around the city including beer festivals, art exhibitions, Oktoberfest, outdoor cinema, the Mela and the city’s SkyRide. Another was the lantern parade up New Walk, and ancient thoroughfare from the city centre to Victoria park. The…

Week 31 continued: More Mamiya

My second (and final) roll through the borrowed Mamiya RB67 was another Fujifilm Neopan Acros.I enjoyed using the camera, but it is just too big for the kind of photography that I enjoy. Even the action of getting it in and out of my bag was difficult. The focusing knobs, mirror reset lever and other…

Week 15: Acros The Universe

Roll 28 of the year and it’s back to my new favourite combination of the Yashica-Mat 124G and Fujifilm Neopan Acros. I shot this roll on a short walk around Cossington Meadows, the nature reserve I mentioned previously, that we’ve just moved within a couple of hundred meters of. Most of these pictures were shot…

Week 14: Balda Goes Boating

I shot 2 films during week 14, one roll of Portra is off to the lab tomorrow, the other was a roll of Ilford HP5+ shot through a Baldixette. ‘Shot through a what?’ I hear you ask… The Baldixette, by Balda, was made in the 50s in West Germany. It was given to me by…