|Day 8 of "Solstice to Solstice"|
So, with all the film have I shot, what have I done with it? I have long-term projects that accrue by the fact that the subjects are easily grouped -- Michigan post offices would be one such project. Recurring images of water in various states would be another, and while I had an exhibit in 2102 of winter water images, there are always more. Sometimes, a single roll can be a small project, and that is always a fun challenge. I feel that it's good to have some goals and projects to keep one engaged, no matter what your endeavor. I rarely announce a photography goal, but this year, I am doing a "Solstice to Solstice" project, where I upload one image taken that day, from the Winter to the Summer Solstice -- basically, 6 months. That's not really a project I can do on film, and I decided to use just one camera for that, a Nikon D3200. It's lightweight, takes different lenses, and while lacking features of my workhorse (and some may say outdated) D200, it allows me plenty of creativity. So, on December 21, I shot and uploaded Day 1. I hope to finish with consecutive images on Wed., June 21, 2017. The idea that I have to produce an image for each day is challenging, and it has to be a worthwhile image. Half a year's worth. I think it'll be fun, sometimes frustrating, but I want it to be worth the effort. I'll know in June.
It's not a bad thing to set some goals, and I think it helps one grow as a photographer. Maybe you would like to be better at doing portraits. Learn about lighting, and experiment. Enlist friends or family to pose for you -- find out what your "style" is. Maybe you'll find that b&w works better for you than color. Or not. You'll never know if you don't try.
|AuTrain Bay, Pentax 6x7, August 2016|
To go to the other extreme, shoot one Polaroid a day. It's been done by many, but what about you? What story do you have to tell? Six months of Impossible Project film might be pretty expensive though. Hell, one month of IP film would be expensive, so 6 months would be about $750. Make those shots count!
Since I have been on winter break (one of the perks of working at a university), I have had time to do some darkroom cleanup, mix up more C-41, and process a lot of color film. Some of it dates back to June! Scanning is going fine, and yes, while it takes time, I enjoy the results.
|Kalamazoo, MI, July, 2016. Canon EOS 2000.|
|FPP recording session, my house, Feb., 2016. Minolta XG-M.|
|Princess Phones, Kiwanis, December 2016, Minolta X-700|
|UM Art Museum windows, Dec. 2016, Minolta X-700|
|Berkeley, CA. Nikon FG, April 2016|
|Hocking Hills, OH. Nikon F3HP, May, 2016|
|Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nikon FE, Feb., 2016|