The Whole Roll

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36 frames / My First Whole Roll of Film – #FullRollFriday – By Holly Gilman

I am sharing a whole roll of Ilford HP5. Is that not everyone’s first roll of film?

I really like the idea of sharing a whole roll. In fact on my learning log I regularly analyse a whole roll of 120 film to learn from the successes and the mistakes. When looking through previous contributors posts I was really drawn by Ed Worthington’s post, in which he shared his first roll of film and the stories behind the frames. So I dug out my first roll and it really got me reflecting on my photographic journey so far.

39 Slides / A Whole Roll of Fujichrome Sensia 100 (expired 2006) – #FullRollFriday – by Simon King

Slide film is still very much a “special purpose” medium for me, which means my use in general is restricted let alone experimentation with expired options. So far I’ve enjoyed the results offered by “Retrochrome” but this was sourced from a reliable seller, and there is plenty of existing documentation on what that particular cold-stored stock offers.

32 Frames / A Whole Roll of Lomography 800 – #FullRollFriday – By Gavin Bain

I’m a big fan of challenges when it comes to photography. I like imposing limitations on myself to see what I can create under the circumstances. In 2018 I decided to only photograph and share black and white film photographs. In 2019 I carried on with that theme but I introduced a new limitation by only photographing in portrait orientation. In 2020, I decided that I would introduce both digital photography and colour back into my workflow, but I decided to only photograph in landscape orientation for the whole year.

photo of developing kit

25 frames / a whole roll developed by me for the first time in 30 years – #FullRollFriday – by Rock

You have probably guessed by the title that’s it’s been a long time since I developed my own film. It was something that I did all the time in my youth. In fact, it was a requirement of the courses in photography that I took that you had to do all your own developing (and printing). I pretty much kept to black and white. Eventually I lost access to darkroom facilities and equipment. Indeed, I even left photography for quite some time.

1955 Leica iiif with Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4 LTM

36 Frames / A Whole Roll with a Leica iiif, Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/4 ltm & Ilford FP4 Plus (metered at iso 400) – By Duncan Gruer

I only ‘returned to film’ last summer.  The last time I really enjoyed photography before then was in the late ‘90s; mostly with medium format TLRs.  My film photography rebirth has been a complete revelation to me and I now know what will keep me active and inspired when I eventually retire – something that has been weighing on my mind for some time.

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