New Year’s Resolutions

So I pretty much failed 2013’s resolutions. In my defense, the whole move thing screwed up a lot of my film shooting as I was away from a scanner for so long that I stopped shooting film due to backlog reasons.

From the good department, I took my TLR hiking instead of relying on 135 or digital.


I also shot the Brownie Hawkeye Flash again.


From the bad department. I’ve not shot with the Retina for two years now. I’ve also accumulated over two dozen blogposts which I’ve started but not completed.

So my resolutions for 2014 are:

  • Shoot more film.
  • Make prints.
  • Finish my blogposts.
  • Get rid of my processing backlog.

New Year’s Resolutions

So how did I do on my 2012 resolutions?

The good: I’m continuing to shoot the Yashicamat 124G with T-Max 400 and Nikomat FTn with Tri-X a lot.

The bad: I didn’t shoot as many rolls as I planned and haven’t been able to top a two rolls a month average. I’m not shooting the other three nearly enough. Only one roll each in the Brownie Hawkeye Flash and the Pony 135C. And I never even touched the Retina IIa.

But not an abject failure either. I still shot more than a roll per month. And I’m starting to feel my way around some color films in both 135 and 120.

sunnyvalesunsetKodak Portra 400 in the Yashicamat

EFI-PDTKodak Portra 400 in the Nikomat

Pimp TrikeKodak Portra 160 in the Yashicamat

So I’m just going to give myself an “Incomplete” instead of an “F” and continue to roll over my existing resolutions for another year.

Same 5 cameras: Nikomat FTn, Retina IIa, Pony 135C, Brownie Hawkeye Flash, and Yashicamat 124G.

Cut down on film experiments. I’m pretty settled on color and black and white film choices now.

Two rolls per month average.

I can do this.

New Year’s Resolutions

As with most people, my resolutions this year are about the same as they were last year. But at least my resolutions were intended to be ongoing things rather than changes in behavior.

My resolution for 2011: simplify things down, shoot more of the same film/cameras more often, and maintain the two rolls per month pace.

How did I do in 2011? A mixed bag of results.

I used five cameras rather than seven but I only shot eighteen rolls of film. I’m also still using a lot of different film types.*

*Kodak Tri-X 400, Kodak T-Max 400, Kodak T-Max 100, Kodak Plus-X 125, Fuji Pro 160S, Fuji Pro 160C, Ilford Delta 400, and Ilford XP2 Pro.

The good news: I’ve found some additional camera/film combinations that I really like a lot.

benchKodak Plus-X 125 in the Kodak Pony 135C

planada3Kodak Tri-X 400 in the Kodak Retina IIa

The bad news: I’m not shooting nearly enough in general and haven’t shot at all with some of the cameras I like—specifically the Brownie Hawkeye Flash.

So for 2012. Same resolution, but with more specificity. I have a good sense for five film cameras* and the film I’m comfortable using in each of them.** I resolve to shoot an average of at least two rolls per month using those combinations.

*Nikomat FTn, Retina IIa, Pony 135C, Brownie Hawkeye Flash, and Yashicamat 124G

**So far all black and white. I do use color film every once in a while but I hate scanning it. That said, I should probably figure out what color film I really like in 135 and 120. To-date it’s been whatever is cheapest.

New Year’s Resolutions

A year ago, I really made only one New Year’s resolution—namely, to shoot a roll of film a month. I’d “rediscovered” film in 2009 after having transitioned to digital in mid-2007. While I ended up shooting 14 rolls of film that year, about six of them were test rolls caused by my acquisition of four cameras and lenses* which I needed to test due to their uncertain origin and nature.

*A Nikon FG, a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 E lens to be paired with the FG, two Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flashes, and a Kodak Duaflex II.

I enjoyed shooting film again and I really enjoyed the digital darkroom. But I became a father in September, I felt uncertain how much I would be able to continue shooting film the following year. Hence the resolution to shoot a roll per month.

The good news is that I shot 24 rolls this year. The bad news is that there were still some months which I didn’t shoot any rolls. And I acquired an additional 4 cameras* which meant that I shot another half-dozen or so test rolls.

*A Yashicamat 124G, two Kodak Retinas (a I and a IIa), and a Kodak Pony 135 C—I’d curse the Keeble $5 box if I weren’t enjoying it so much.

As a result, my rolls-per-camera average (only for those cameras I used) this year is really ~3.4 since I needed seven cameras to go through the two dozen rolls I used. While this is better than my 2.8 average from 2009, it still means that I’m spending too much time flitting between gear and not enough time getting to know it (I’ve also used eleven different kinds of film*).

*Kodak Tri-X 400, Kodak T-Max 400, Kodak T-Max 100, Kodak Ultramax 400, Kodak Max 800 (don’t ask), Kodak Ektar 100, Kodak Portra 160VC, Kodak Portra 400NC, Fuji Pro 160S, Fuji Pro 400H, and Ilford XP2 Pro—I’d curse the Keeble expired film shelf if I weren’t enjoying it so much.

So my resolution for 2011: simplify things down, shoot more of the same film/cameras more often, and maintain the two rolls per month pace. Combinations I know I should continue to shoot a lot of:

Tri-X 400 in the Nikomat FTn

Stan's Donuts
T-Max 400 in the Yashicamat 124G

Mission Santa Clara
T-Max 100 in the Brownie Hawkeye Flash

I still need to figure out how I’ll be using the Retina IIa. And I still need to see how the test roll from the Pony 135C turns out. But I should be down to five cameras this year. And I should have a better idea how to use all of them…