2016 On Film


Canon Elan IIe, Rollei CR200, my patio

This post is a collection of some favourite shots from my 2016 52 Rolls project (you can see all my 52 Rolls posts here). Some will be familiar, but since some were not directly visible in Burnt Embers reblogs from 52Rolls.net there should be images new to most of you.

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 all the film and other photos this year.

As I write this, a few days before News Year’s Eve, I am dubious about taking part in a 2017 52Rolls project – it has been too much to keep up with the posting of a weekly blog at 52Rolls, and a daily blog at Burnt Embers. I understand alumni can drop in and contribute occasionally if they wish, so that may be what I end up doing.

I had intermittent fun with my 52 Rolls project this year. I was away a lot though I only missed a week or three out of the 52 for shooting a roll of film, in the end I shot 67 rolls/packs of film through 21 different cameras.

My main shooters were the Olympus mjuii with 15 rolls and the Olympus XA2 with 10 rolls. After that it was the Canon Elan 7N (7 rolls), Mamiya M645 Super (6 rolls), Canon Elan IIe (5 rolls), Fuji Instax Mini 8 (5.5 packs) Canon EOS3 (4 rolls), Olympus mju1 (2 rolls) and one roll/pack each for Bencini Erno, Canon Elan II, Canon SureShot 115u, Fujifilm DL-270 Zoom MR, Ilford XP2 Disposable, Minolta AF-Sv, Olympus Trip 35, Pentax Espio 120SW, Pentax Espio 738G, Polaroid Land 100 Auto, Polaroid Pinhole, Yashica Electro 35 GS and Yashica EZS 105.


Elan IIe, Expired Kodak film, Victoria Inner Harbour



Mamiya M645 Super, Kodak Portra 400, Sam Weber band shot



Olumpus mjuii, Chemainus, Vancouver Island


Olympus XA2 Lomography Colour 800

Olympus XA2, Lomography Colour 800, Victoria, BC


Olympus XA2, Lomography Colour 800, Ross Bay, Victoria


Sunset by Chinese Cemetery

Canon EOS3, Rollei CR200, Sunset by Chinese Cemetery


Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, Haida Gwaii, Islands at east end of Rose Harbour


Canon Elan IIe, Kodak Portra 160, Mayne Island, Eagle droppings – salmon mandible



Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, Haida Gwaii, Sandspit


Olympus XA2, Agfa Vista Plus 200, Victoria, Ross Bay Storm Drain



Olympus XA2, Agfa Vista Plus 200, Victoria, Ross Bay Storm Drain



Canon Elan IIe, Kodak Portra, Sam Weber band shot



Olympus XA2, Ross Bay cemetery, Victoria, BC



Olympus XA2, Quadra Island, northern Salish Sea



Olympus mju1, portrait of my son



Olympus XA2, Agfa Vista 200, Ross Bay storm drain, Victoria, BC



Olympus XA2, Agfa Vista 200, grounded barge, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC


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Olympus XA2, expired film, a parking lot now lost to recent development



Olympus XA2, Ilford XP2, Duncan, Vancouver Island



Canon Elan IIe, Rollei CR200, lonely dog, Oak Bay



Olympus mjuii, Ilford Delta 3200, Sam Weber band, White Eagle Hall, Victoria, BC



Olympus mjuii, Lomography Colour 800, Sam Weber band, White Eagle Hall, Victoria, BC



Olympus XA2, expired film, corridor in Victoria apartment, with son.



Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, on Passing Cloud in Hecate Strait, Haida Gwaii


Olympus XA2, Agfa Vista 200, K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans), looking S at Gwaii Haanas in distance, Haida Gwaii


Ilford XP2 Single Use Camera, Victoria BC


Canon EOS3, Rollei CR200, birthday boy


Canon EOS3, Fuji Superia 200, Victoria harbour


Olympus mjuii, Gwaii Haanas, west side, Pacific Ocean, Haida Gwaii


Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, Marshall Inlet, Gwaii Haanas, Haida Gwaii


Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, on board Passing Cloud in Hecate Strait, Haida Gwaii


Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, Hotspring Island, Gwaii Haanas, Haida Gwaii


Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, over Hecate Strait, Haida Gwaii


Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, Sandspit, Haida Gwaii


Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, Sandspit, Haida Gwaii


Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, Sandspit, Haida Gwaii


Olympus XA2, Heriot Bay, Quadra Island, north end Salish Sea


Olympus XA2, granddaughter and family, Campbell River, Vancouver Island


Olympus mjuii, Lomography Colour 800, Infinity Studio, Victoria BC


Homemade Polaroid Pinhole, Fuji FP-100c, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC


Olympus XA2, Ilford XP2, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC


Olympus XA2, expired film, Ross Bay storm drain, Victoria, BC


Olympus XA2, expired film, Ross Bay storm drain, Victoria, BC


Olympus XA2, expired film, hotel lobby, Victoria, BC


Olympus mjuii, Lomography Colour 800, Sam Weber band, Infinity Studio, Victoria BC


Olympus XA2, Fuji Superia XTra 400, old town, Victoria, BC


Canon EOS3, Rollei CR200, Cook Street Village, Victoria, BC


Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, Hotspring Island, Haida Gwaii


Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, flying in to Gwaii Haanas, Haida Gwaii


Instax Mini 8, Fuji Instax film, Sam Weber band shot


Canon EOS3, Fuji Superia 200, old town, Victoria, BC



Canon EOS3, Ilford Delta 400 Pro, multiple exposure (x4), my patio


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Canon EOS3, Ilford Delta 400 Pro, old town, Store Street, Victoria, BC


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Ilford XP2 disposable camera, View Street, Victoria, BC



Polaroid Land 100 Auto, Fuji FP-100c, multiple exposure on Store Street, old town Victoria, BC




26 thoughts on “2016 On Film

  1. Hello … I know it’s been a while since I checked out your photographs … but looking at the collection above brings back smiles … especially your infamous storm drain and Curly’s sauce 🙂 … as always, thanks for sharing these!

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  2. Man that Ross Bay Cemetery photography is really sad. Did you use any color correction for the Lomography Colour Picture? If no then that’s really an impressive shot with really good composition. I think it’s my favorite one. Weird, I know.


    • Thanks and welcome to this corner of the net. I shot the film at 400 ISO which I think has helped the colour a lot. This is a commercial scan and I only tweaked the clarity and perhaps a tiny bit of contrast which both could affect the colour a touch. Glad you like the shot!

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    • Hi, I realised I made a mistake – I thought you were commenting on a more recent post that I thought was shot on Lomography 800 on a Lomo LCA+ RL which also has stuffed animals – turns out I had just changed films and that shot is on expired Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 (another favourite film). http://wp.me/p1R4lY-89x.

      The cemetery shot in this older post (teddy bear and headstone) is shot on Agfa Vista Plus 200, another film I like a lot, especially because it is cheap. Unfortunately it is not readily available in Canada and I have to beg my sister to pick some up when she comes to visit from the UK.

      The Lomography 800 shots in this post are all shot at box speed. Nothing has colour correction, other than the usual stuff that happens in the scanner, and sometimes a minor tweak if the scanner is too hard to get where it should be. My more recent roll on the Lomo LCA+ was shot at ISO400 and came out really well too. You can see all my Lomography Colour 800 shots here: http://bit.ly/2mfvNha, all but those on the LCA+ are shot at box speed.

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  3. what a great collection of photos from the past year, ephem!! absolutely fantastic!!
    I see you have used a disposable camera as well, what brand was it? a fellow blogger, also shooting film like you (https://coronet66.wordpress.com/) mentioned these to me a while ago, and I’m pretty much fascinated by the idea of a disposable camera…
    wishing you a very happy new year, and to your family as well… keep them wonderful images coming!! 🙂

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    • Hi Alexandra,

      Thanks for your great comment!
      The disposable is an Ilford XP2 Camera – they also make an HP5+ model. Both films have a considerable effective EV range (5 stops or so) which means that they work in a variety of lighting conditions, even though there is no aperture or speed control on the camera – one setting only. Shoot them in good light and they work OK, or within 3m with the built-in flash.

      You can see the other images from this roll at this link http://wp.me/p2ZmXf-fOC. There is a link in that post to an example of some very good photos taken with a colour disposable.

      And thanks for the link to coronet66 – looks like an interesting place to browse.


      • so awesome, thank you for the inspiration :)… traced your link for the bw Ilford images… and the link for the color images… I can’t believe we don’t have such cameras here, it would be fun to try one, I’m definitely thinking about it 🙂
        yeah, I thought you might find coronet66 interesting, as you share the same passion for film… 🙂
        once again, happy and inspired new year, ephem 🙂

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      • Around here I mostly see these cameras in the few drug stores that still sell and process film, though I also see some in camera stores that process film.


    • Ha, I just had a better look at that site, and it seemed familiar. Turns out I already follow it and I see them around my blog and others quite a bit! Very good photos, and very good film scans/colour correction, which is not often the case.


  4. …My darkroom sits in a set of boxes in the garage (following on your conversations with Ken. I really have no desire to return to it, although my daughter is interested in resuming work in a darkroom. Both son and daughter spent hours with me in the red light of the darkroom when they were teenagers.
    A fascinating collection of images from a mind-boggling array of cameras. I can understand how one year of commitment (like in 2016) would be hard to continue into another full year.

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    • My darkroom went into boxes when I moved to the UK in the 80s. When I came back and inquired after it, it was missing. I shared the darkroom with a former roommate and it was stored at his parents place – I suspect they got tired of having ‘kids junk’ around and threw it out (I know more about this feeling now than I did then).

      My two older kids are interested in darkroom work – they both took photography courses in high school which were 100% film based. If I had a darkroom now I expect at least one of them would use it.

      I am glad you like the images, I felt it was a weaker year in photography for me, reflecting a slight decline in interest – I am trying to do something about that this year, including a photo course in February (which will also be attended by Melinda, so I am guaranteed to at least have fun).

      The variety of cameras IS mind boggling, and the number of them that would be considered keepers is quite small. I just can’t resist when I see an interesting film camera for 4 or 5 dollars. But, most of them are not nearly as interesting once I see the results and only get a single roll put through them. I could stop doing that now – I have a few cameras that I really like and use most of the time and I am always on the lookout for the same cameras so I have a backup.


    • Thank you very much Ron – even if I don’t do a 52 Rolls project this year I will still be shooting a lot of film. I like the process of taking photos more than digital – the slower more thoughtful aspect that digital pretty much discourages (for me anyway).

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      • Can totally understand your feelings, happy to have started my photographic journey analog, so I taught myself the thoughtful aspect you´re talking about, to take time for composing, focusing, light etc…
        Good luck, interested to see where it leads you, Cheers, Ron.

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  5. What a pleasure this is – a wonderful collection, with so much variety – some fabulous color, some great abstractions, lovely portraits – wow. I’m with Ken on the storm drain, too – the one with the large man with outstretched arms is really, really nice. You should print that one! Love the ground level salmon jaw, the opening shot of cherry blossoms, the on board shots – too many too comment on, but you get my drift.

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    • Thanks so much bluebrightly – you and I obviously have similar tastes. I think the man-on-drain shot is probably my best of the year, and the others you name are in my top ten list for film (not that I actually have a list, but if I did, they would be in it).

      The storm drain is a long term subject – an informal “project” I guess. I take digital pictures of it as well, often with my phone if it is the only camera I have with me. This will continue as there is so much variety every single day with the weather, the sky and sea, the tide, the stuff deposited on or near and what people are doing in the vicinity or on it. And, I drive by it all the time, so I don’t have to go out of my way to see the different opportunities 🙂


  6. This is a fine collection of photos and shows your dedication to film as a viable photographic medium. I gave way all but 2 film cameras to a family member that is a collector and now I’m giving serious thought to shooting more film in the coming year with the 2 cameras I kept. It’s more of an idea rather than a resolution but it’s a very intriguing idea to me. Either that or I might try a new mirrorless camera but that’s an expensive proposition.
    Happy New Year to year you and your family. If you make resolutions on the holiday can I suggest “more storm drain”?

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    • Thanks Ken. There are a lot of good reasons to shoot film as well as digital (there are fewer good reasons to shoot only film as they both have their uses).
      Having seen some of your scans from your excellent older film shots I am very interested to see what you will do now. No Kodachrome though 😦 But some of the Kodak pro print films have almost as luxurious a feel to them.

      The big downside is expense. The pro films are costly (which is why I usually shoot consumer grade film), the developing and scanning can be costly, but can be done at home if you are into that. The colour processing kits are quite widely used in the film community and with a good digital thermometer and close attention to temperature some say they are actually easier to process than black and white. Not sure why I have not quite got around to doing my own processing yet. Maybe in 2017….


      • My darkroom still stands at the ready. Six foot sink, temperature controlled water supply, archival film and print washing, LED safelights, digital and Graylab timers, Nikkor lenses on (color) enlarger, stainless steel processing tanks. Missing is the stereo I used to have to fill the room with music. Oh, and I got rid of all the bottles and chemicals during the annual town cleanout day, so they would have to be replaced.

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      • Well! That makes things much easier. It also makes my eyes a bit green!

        My darkroom contents went missing while in storage when I lived in England for a few years. All I have left from then is a film tank or two. But I have been accumulating bits and pieces so I can do my own film again – I even found my dark bag I lost two years ago that somehow ended up in the bottom of an unexpected box. So, in theory I am now ready to get back to film processing.

        But, setting up for printing is beyond me at the moment, not to mention the space available in the house. Besides, I was never good at printing, just could not get the blacks to work how I wanted. Which put me off.


    • As to “more storm drain” – no fear of that. I drive past it a few times a week, always with an eye out to what is going on with it and usually with time to stop for a photo.


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