Goodbye 2015! This post is a retrospective of some favourite shots from my 2015 52 Rolls project. I hope you don’t mind having them run by you again, but since many were not directly visible in Burnt Embers reblogs from 52Rolls.net some will likely be new to you. Many others were posted directly on this blog, and some of those are the best from these rolls of film. I have inserted a few of those shots below as well, to round out the set.
I had a lot of fun with my 52 Rolls project this year (you can see all my 52 Rolls posts here). I really appreciate all the comments and likes and other support from my own followers and the 52Rolls.net community and I have really enjoyed seeing everyone’s photos this year.
As I write this, on Christmas Eve, I am still uncertain about whether to take part fully in a 2016 52Rolls project but will at least start one so as not to get behind if I decide to continue.
Looking back on the year I find that I have shot 67 rolls or packs of film using 16 cameras. The Canon Elan 7N (19 rolls) and the Olympus mjuii (15) have been my go-to cameras, at least by the numbers. That is because the 7N has a slot in my Pelican case beside my DSLR which it can share lenses with, thus it can go out on field trips with me. And the mjuii is pretty much the smallest and most portable camera I own, so it inhabits my jacket pockets a lot.
Perhaps the most satisfying camera to use was my self-made pinhole Polaroid camera, though I only shot 3 packs of film through it. It is very bulky and requires a tripod and cable release and light meter so it does not get out with me very much. Basically, I need to make special photography trips to use it, which I have not found the time for very many of those. It produces slightly unpredictable results, but the fact that I adapted an otherwise useless microscope attachment to take pictures gives a lot of pleasure.
I did not shoot medium format nearly as much as would like – mostly because of portability. When traveling for work my field gear usually puts me at or over airline luggage weight limits, so the medium format cameras (Mamiya M645 Super and Fujica GW690) have to stay at home. And when I am out and about town, which is when I take a lot of photos, bigger cameras are unlikely to be with me. I would like to take more next year, and if the GW690 is working (the last roll through had some film advancing issues) then I expect there will be a jump in the medium format numbers.
So, here are some of the photos I like from the 2015 film project. Thanks again everyone that went to my 52 Rolls posts to have a look and otherwise hung around these parts. It was so satisfying to complete a roll a week for 2015 in addition to all the other photographs that I took.
I wish you all have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.