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Analog Monthly: October 2016

FILMS

  • AGFA Vista Plus 200
  • Kodak MAX 400
  • Cinestill 800T
  • Ilford FP4+
  • Ilford PanF+
  • Kodak Tri-X
  • Fuji Neopan 400
  • Fuji FP-100C
  • Ilford Delta 100 (4x5)
  • Kodak Ektachrome 100X (4x5)

Cameras

  • Canon Elan II
  • Hasselblad 500CM
  • Intrepid Field Camera
  • Canon AE-1 Program

Another month gone by and another whole pile of film, all curled-up, ready to be archived - and what a month it's been. While my roll count was the lowest it's been all year (18 rolls), I've come up with some great images, learned my fair share and ventured into new media bringing some new tools into the fold at the same time. 

 So as to quantify the rate at which I consume film. |  filmtrackr.com

So as to quantify the rate at which I consume film. |  filmtrackr.com

I suspect that the arrival of my the large format camera had a bit to do with the disruption of my usual film consumption. Besides taking most of my attention lately, it's allowed me to concentrate on a completely different workflow and style of shooting.

 My new toy, the Intrepid Camera Large Format Field Camera (with pinhole)

My new toy, the Intrepid Camera Large Format Field Camera (with pinhole)

 Fuji FP-100C with Intrepid Camera and Nikon W 150 f/5.6

Fuji FP-100C with Intrepid Camera and Nikon W 150 f/5.6

Since I started tracking my film usage, I've noticed trends and patterns and that really reveals my shooting habits that otherwise wouldn't have been so easily identified. For example, I realize now that I'm mainly shooting my Canon Elan as compared to everything else. I can imagine that it's likely due to it's ease of use. I've also been shooting a lot of color negative film (the cheap stuff), which again, is very easy to shoot/dev/scan with consistent results. 

What the visual representation of data fails to account for is my introduction and divergence to instant film. I've had a curious interest in instant film before but it wasn't until I saw the power and beauty of Fuji's FP-100C with my own eyes (and actually peel some apart). Since I'm shooting it one frame at a time through a large format camera, my consumption to time ratio is quite high still. I still have a lot to learn here, but it's one of the things lately that puts a bit of extra sunshine in my step when I'm out shooting. 

Well, I'm sure you're not here to read about statistic analysis of my amateur film usage so I won't tire you with any further ado. Buckle-up, here we go.