Friday, 3 February 2017

52 Weeks Round-up: January

This year I am attempting 2 x 52 week photography projects. One digital image a week, and one film image a week. Naturally, I am taking many more photos than that and then picking my favourites for the 2 projects. :)

These are my pictures from January for the digital project.

1/52 Blue tit in the rain

2/52 Winter Daisies

3/52 Tiny Blue Hearts

4/52 On the Ice

5/52 Robin

And these are my shots for the film project.

1/52 Dream Birds

2/52 Birmingham from Deritend

3/52 Sparks

4/52 Post-rain Sunshine


I'm really enjoying both of these projects so far. :D

Here are a few other favourites from the month as well...


Winter Rainbow

Gulls on the Ice

Two Swans



Winter Trees

St Martin in the Bull Ring


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Birmingham Instameet - Deritend

2/52 Birmingham from Deritend

Yesterday I went to an Instameet with over 100(!) other Birmingham Instagrammers. The Instameet took place in Deritend near Digbeth and was in collaboration with the Reclaim Photography Festival which you can read about here. I had never been to Deritend before, and I'm not sure I would ever go there by myself! But, it was certainly an interesting area to take photos and being in such a big group meant I didn't once worry about my safety or my camera's safety. It was rather cold and a bit rainy at times, but still really good fun. I'm sure it won't be the last Instameet I attend this year. :)

Since I wanted to get a film shot for week 2 of my 52 week project, I decided to take my Nikon F55 and shoot some black and white film which I developed yesterday evening.  

Here are some more from the morning... 

ETA 03/02/17: Here are a couple more photos from the meet, shot at the start of a 2nd roll of film.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

52 Weeks of Film - 2017 - Week 1

This photo was instantly my favourite from the first week of my new film photography project.

I shot a roll of Rollei Redbird in my Nikon F55 when my mum and I went on a walk around Sutton Park on the last day of my Christmas holiday. It was my favourite kind of weather - frosty but sunny. As always Rollei Redbird gave me an interesting mixture of colours and tones ♥︎

Here are a few other shots from the morning... this camera makes taking double exposures a cinch! 

This last photo was from a roll of Poundland film I started before Christmas and finished on a walk in New Hall Country Park on New Year's Day. I really liked how the early evening sun was lighting up this leaf.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

My Photography Goals for 2017

1/52 Blue tit on a rainy day

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope that everyone will have a happy and healthy new year. I can't say I am sorry to see the back of 2016 and hope that this year will be a much brighter one. I thought I'd start it by doing a little bit of bird photography. :)

I have a few personal goals for the year but will share my photography-related ones here. I've been mulling it over for weeks and have settled on attempting two “52 Week” projects... 
  • Complete a 52 Week Digital Photography project. For ages I felt like a 52 week project wouldn't be quite enough regular digital photography for me, but since I'm planning to do lots of film photography too, this year I feel like it will be perfect for me. Most likely I'll end up shooting one image each weekend, and most likely there will be a lot of bird photos!
  • Complete a 52 Week Film Photography project. I tried this once before and didn't get very far. However, I think now I've got the darkroom it should be easier and it will encourage me to use the darkroom regularly. I also want to shoot lots of colour film this year too. I recently stocked up on my favourite 35mm film – Rollei Redbird as well and, of course, I've got my Instant camera too so I'll use that a lot for the project as well when I'm short on time. 
  • Submit more photos to stock companies. Sometimes stock photography frustrates me but on the whole it's worth doing.
  • Go to a Birmingham Instameet. For a long time I felt like I wasn't into Instagram enough to go to one, but I'm starting to post more regularly on there now so I don't think I would feel so silly to go to a meet-up now.
  • Go to more photography/art exhibitions. This was a goal of mine last year and I didn't go to very many. I went to some in Edinburgh and that was about it!
Overall I hope to put a bit more time and energy into photography this year. I often didn't make a big effort with it last year. I would especially like to shoot a lot of film and use my darkroom as regularly as possible. I know I am extremely lucky to have it and want to make the most of it. :D

Friday, 30 December 2016

Favourite Photos of 2016: Film

This year I fell in love with film photography more than ever before and I am pretty certain that next year I will be shooting a lot more of it. I'm so glad I put the energy, time and money I did into learning the darkroom process, and creating my own darkroom. I love the hands-on experience of truly making the photos myself. It is so satisfying. :)

I also really enjoyed shooting so much colour film whilst I was in sunny Croatia in September and looking back at the photos I took there now, so many of them are firm favourites of mine.

My favourite film photos from this year include experiments with my Diana F+, home processed images from my darkroom, a couple of panoramic shots from gloomy Edinburgh,  a couple of Instax shots from London, and some extremely colourful shots from my holiday in Croatia - definitely a random mixture!

(My mum took that photo of me swimming in the sea on the left, but I wanted to include it here anyway as I love how it looks next to the one I took of the ship. Plus, it's a lovely happy memory from the year!) 

See my favourite pictures from 20152014, 2013 here and here, and 2012.