I always had dreams and ambitions of being a great photographer, like a short bearded heavy metal loving and badass motorcycle hooligan Aussie version of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Yep, I’ve always had tickets on myself. I figured that slinging an old camera around my neck and loading it with some classy film would automatically turn me into Magnum material. Well not really. I realised very early on in my photographic journey that I like owning shoes, eating food, sleeping in a bed and living in a house. Photography is too hard a graft for a delicate petal like myself who likes having enough cash to own cool stuff like clothes and soap. So, I’ve kept my photography in the realm of the hobbyist and over the years I’ve come to love the fact that nobody but me is in control of my photography. If I want to park the Nikon DSLR and spend a week wasting expired film on shots of my feet in different pairs of thongs (or flip flops as you foreign heathens call them) or blasting whole rolls of Portra 800 on photos of toilets…then hey, I don’t have any clients telling me how I should do it or that they aren’t happy with the shots.
In my old age I’ve come to embrace the freedom of hobby photography and the pure joy of using film photography to record mundane day to day life and family milestones and special little moments that mean nothing to anyone else except me and my kin like birthdays, holidays and school sports days. So after this ridiculously long introduction and without further adieu, here are some pretty mundane shots of a recent family holiday to the beach town of Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. These shots are straight out of the scanner in all of their unedited crooked horizon glory. Enjoy.
14 thoughts on “The Whole Roll – Pentax Spotmatic SP1000 and Kodak Colorplus 200- By Royce”
Excellent article, Royce!
Thanks Martin, really appreciate it mate!
Enjoyed the images, but the commentary was even better. Great post.
Cheers Eric, thanks for taking the time to read it and comment. Have a great day brother!
I really enjoyed your shots and commentary. Nicely done! There’s nothing like shooting a casual roll of color film in nice light sometimes. I haven’t used ColorPlus but it looks similar to Pro Image 100, which I just tried out: a little more limited of a color palette than Gold, but very complementary colors. Kodak is really dependable for consistent colors and good sharpness. I’ll have to give it a try.
Thanks Andrew. Yeah I reckon Colorplus is pretty under rated. It can be a bit hit and miss in low light and shadows but on a sunny beach holiday it works a treat. I usually shoot sunny 16 on the Spotmatic because I couldn’t be bothered to buy an o ring to adapt a modern battery for it, so there’s no meter. But with Colorplus I find the best results are 1 stop overexposed when metering on the shadows, so the light meter app on my phone gets a fair bit of use. Thanks for the comment mate, really appreciate it.
Good read, it put a well needed smile on my face. Thanks!
Hans, you’re more than welcome my friend. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
A wonderfully inspirational portfolio of abstract photography. Well done!
Thanks Brian, really appreciate it mate!
Very much in line with my kind of photography, Royce. Nothing better than being able to do it your way, as Frank S said. Been trying this film myself and am qute imoressed, especially with the price over here on the other side of the Tasman. You are being too modest about your images, especially as you have presented them warts and all, as Oliver C said about his portrait. I have always felt that if I managed one or two frames per film that I would be prepared to expose to the camera club’s scrutiny I counted myself lucky.
Thongs, of course, decorate a completely different part of the body outside of the Antipodes!
Cheers Tony, I appreciate it mate. I’ll never agree that thongs go anywhere but the feet.
Hi, I would have enjoyed more if you explained why you liked or took each image. “compose thoughtfully and creatively”, I don’t think I get that feeling in most of your images – at least if they had a special meaning for you, please explain. Or perhaps its that I find buildings boring.
Hi R Chan, thanks for the comment. I think you raise an important question for photographers. Why do we take the images that we take? The short answer, is that I just take the pictures that I think look nice. The longer answer is that I also want to keep a record of times, places, events to record the history of my family and the history of my community. But generally I just like pretty colours.