Sunday, 19 March 2017

52 Weeks Round-up: February

Well this post is very overdue because I took forever to shoot just one(!) roll of colour film in February and I only got the negatives back from the lab this week.

Aside from going to see Tegan & Sara (which was great fun), February was a bit of a quiet month for me and I didn't take many photos overall, but I spent some time doing other photography/art related things. I'm beginning to organise a lot of my film photos into albums. I have a lot of 6x4 film prints so this is a major task! I am planning to create a large collage out of a lot of them as well but I haven't got very far with it yet - I'm sure I'll take a photo when I'm making some progress.

I also did a fair bit of doodling with Pro-markers and some painting too. I got some new acrylics lately and I also got a set of very expensive drawings inks which are really fun and messy to experiment with. I watched the Big Painting Challenge on BBC1, which incidentally, finished this evening and I'm distraught! But, the series definitely inspired me to get back into art. :D

So anyway, here are my digital photos for my 52 Week Project from February...


6/52 Crow at Sunset

7/52 Doodles

These are actually some I did last year and they are on my bedroom wall. They are all A3 sized.

8/52 One Year Ago

9/52 Cup of Flowers

These were a gift from Lesley and I couldn't resist photographing them. Thank you again, Lesley!


Here are my film photos for my 52 week project from February. They were all shot on a type of 35mm film I have never used before called Color Implosion by Adox which is meant to give "imploding colours, bursting red and toxic grain". I haven't noticed the red much, but the grain is certainly very noticeable. In fact I think this film may be too grainy for my liking. But I'm glad I've tried something different and I do like the slightly surreal tones it gives.

5/52 Canal

6/52 Footprints

We had a tiny amount of snow in February.

7/52 Ripples


I also shot one roll of 120 in my Diana Dreamer during the end of Feb/Early March...

8/52 Higher and Higher

I decided to edit this one a little on Photoshop. I realise this is a somewhat controversial thing to do if you're a photography buff, but personally I don't see the problem with editing a film photo. It brought out the contrast in the clouds I remember seeing on the day.


I have just one digital "bonus photo" that isn't part of my 52 week project...and a few film ones.



Here are a few extras from the day that I took that canal photo in week 5. My mum and I spent the day in Birmingham city centre. We went out for lunch and went to BMAG to see the Night at the Museum exhibition. I really loved the unique way that this exhibition was set up. It featured work by lots of different artists with a focus on people looking at works  of art containing the colour blue. I didn't take many photos in the exhibition itself but there are some great photos on the BMAG website if you'd like to see more.

And the rest are all from the day it snowed... :)

And that was February!

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.