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365...

With the start of a new year comes an urge to try something different. It's an excuse to challenge ourselves. Over the Christmas holiday I began thinking about attempting a 365 photography project. Many others I know through Twitter had already begun or would be starting on the 1st January. I have been shooting a lot more film over the last year with the acquisition of the Leica and Hasselblad. I really enjoy shooting film but there is no question that it's an expensive hobby. 

With this in mind I decided to use the 365 as a way of teaching myself more about home developing and scanning. So I decided to embark on a 365 project which involves shooting at least one image per day and then developing and scanning the b&w film myself. I have limited myself to only using my Leica M6 with the Summicron 50mm f2 lens attached and shooting ilford HP5 400 film. I realise I won't be able to produce a great image each day, some days not even a mediocre image. But for me its really about learning more about the process of shooting film and being able to develop and scan myself. I also want to be able to shoot more without having to rely on a light meter.

Now almost a month into the project I can safely say, its been hard. I have set myself the target of shooting at least 1 roll per week (often more) which I then develop and scan over the weekend. This makes it more manageable. I have however struggled to write about each image and to post on a daily basis. This is why I am now sharing January in one post. I will add the last two days into the next post as we fly out to Iceland tomorrow and I wanted to get this up before we leave.

So far I have learnt a lot about the do's and don'ts when developing film. Having now developed a handful of rolls successfully I feel fairly confident with the process. It hasn't been all smooth sailing though. I have managed to ruin one roll by not fixing it for long enough and scratch part of another roll as one of the ball bearings had slipped out of the spool, causing it to get caught when winding on. As frustrating as this has been I realise it's all a learning curve and I won't make these same mistakes again.

Going forward with the project I hope to be able to post more consistently. I also want to try and get some thoughts down for at least some of the images I post. Anyway here is the first batch. The good, the bad and the ugly!

 

 

2015

As 2015 comes to an end I wanted to take a quick look at my year in photography. My wife and I have been lucky enough to travel a bit this year. Visiting Berlin, Lisbon and Barbados as well as several weekend trips in the UK. I have collected below a handful of some of my favourite photos from the year. They are all shot on film, which has been a big change in my photography this year. I will always shoot digital as well but I love the process of shooting film and the results really are unique. 

I started the year with the Leica M6 and after following many medium format shooters on twitter added a Hasselblad 500cm to my collection in the summer. I feel this combination is ideal for me as the Leica makes a perfect everyday camera. While the Hasselblad is so much fun to shoot and the image quality is simply stunning. 

Looking forward to 2016 I plan to join many others and embark on a 365 photo project. This will mean shooting at least one photo per day for the year whilst sharing some of my favourite images along the way. I will shoot this with one camera and one lens and only using b&w film. This combination will be my Leica M6, Summicron 50mm f2 lens and ilford HP5 400 or Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

I hope this will help my photography to evolve as well being a great way to keep a visual diary of the year ahead. I also plan to develop the majority of film at home to keep costs down as well as to learn more about the developing and scanning process.

Thanks to everyone who makes the online photographic community so great.

Happy New Year all!

Leica M6 - Maiden Voyage

I have recently had the urge to shoot film. Following some very talented film photographers on Twitter has had a lot to do with this. Last year I was kindly given an Olympus OM-1 film camera by my uncle. I really enjoyed shooting with it but after a while began lusting after a Leica. This wasn't helped when in September I went along to #LNDNWLK 2.0 where I was surrounded by film cameras of all shapes and sizes, including some beautiful Leica M's. I even went into a camera shop that day and was shown an M6 but managed to refrain.

Having just got married last August I was not in a position to buy a new camera, let alone a Leica. So I had a painful wait whilst i saved the funds. Just before Christmas I spotted a near mint black M6 on eBay for a good price so I snapped it up!

I have just got my first set of scans back so thought I would share my results. I got them developed and scanned at UK Film Lab. Its a great feeling waiting for that email to come in saying the scans are ready to download. I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas. 

Apart from a bit of underexposure in several of the shots, I'm happy with the results. I look forward to learning and developing more as I go along. 

All images were taken with the Leica M6 and Nokton 50mm 1.5 ASPH VM on Kodak Portra 400.