Well, I say art, but at the moment it’s just photography. I seem to have stopped writing so much. And I think that’s about as arty as I’ll get.
- Getting a Yashica Mat for a smidge over £40. Bargain, and it works well. Not done that much with it this year, but gets my foot in the door of medium format - All other options are too expensive. ‘Paid’ for itself with this shot:
- Getting a Praktica 135mm f2.8 for about £25. Nothing better than a huge chunk of glass on your camera. Great for stuff like this:
- Getting my Great Grandpa’s Kodak Folding Autohraphic Brownie converted to 120 film. Now I just need to fix the bellows:
Shooting Kodachrome. I have still to get this scanned, but I’m very happy with what the slides look like. So, all good for my first and last ever roll of Kodachrome.
Having a kind fellow send me some APS film from the US.
Roidweeks. First did this last year. One of those global community events on Flickr where you can feel the love. Always fun.
I didn’t want to have any of these, but on New Year’s Eve I found out my Praktica was broken. It had broken cleverly: The lower shutter curtain is not working on automatic. Only on the fixed 1/60 speed. But since the top curtain was working it gave an almost perfect impression of a functioning camera. The thing is, once I realised it was broken, I then twigged when it broke: about four rolls of film back. So that’s all the shots in the run upto Christmas, and from Christmas itself, gone. Arse.
Next year plans:
Large format - Ha, in my dreams! Equipment wise I reckon a close up lens for my Yashica and a 50mm f1.4. That’ll do. Although I still need a 110 camera for the one roll of film I have (and like the Kodachrome, probably ever will have).
Well, they were my plans before my Praktica broke. So now a new Praktica is first on the cards.
I never really have any photographic outings planned. I’ll just see what happens.