For 2020 I have a goal: expose – at least – 36 rolls of film. So far I'm ahead of schedule, but there's no saying that will continue. Nothing else I has gone the way I expected, and it's still early.

These pages track my progress to date. Visit the gallery for more photos from each roll; click on the photos here to see it bigger.


Roll 11, February 22.

Ilford HP5, EI800, Zeiss Ikon, 35/2 Biogon, Orange filter.

It had been a month since I had been to the islands, and it was a nice day, so off I went. I took just the Ikon and 35/2 to travel light, and walked from Wards to Gibraltar Point to see how it was faring with the ongoing erosion. Not well, unfortunately; the parts that haven't been armoured with concrete slabs are mostly gone. There's an ongoing project to build offshore protection, but it will take time.

I used one roll on the way out, and another on the way back. I also ran out of battery power while taking this shot, but I've learned my lesson and was carrying a spare.

Roll 12, February 22.

Ilford HP5, EI800, Zeiss Ikon, 35/2 Biogon, Orange filter.

This is the island water filtration plant, which is mostly surrounded by an ugly fence. Fortunately moats are more photogenic.

It was odd using the rangefinder again after intensively using the SLR, but after half a roll I had adjusted fairly well. I even remembered to wind on the film. Too bad trying for precise compositions is also a deeply ingrained habit.

Roll 13, March 6.

Ilford HP5, EI1600, Nikon F6, 50/1.8G, 1/125 at f/4.

I really like HP5 when it's lightly pushed, so this roll was testing it out with a bit more oomph. I wanted to see how it looked pushed to 1600, and to see if it was viable for hand-held night photography.

Yup, totally no big deal.

It's contrasty with more grain, but so is the dark. I could probably get it past my print critique group without special comment – they didn't flinch at Kentmere 400, and I like this better. It won't replace Delta 3200 for higher-fidelity needs, but I think I can push HP5 even more.

Roll 14, March 7.

Ilford HP5, EI800, Zeiss Ikon, 40/1.4 Nokton SC, Yellow filter.

All of my cameras make it to the Leslie Street Spit eventually, but this was my first only-film visit. The rangefinder was the handheld camera that I would use when I didn't/couldn't drag the Nikon and its tripod over. Considering how rough and unsteady the footing is on the brick and concrete beaches, this was no small role.

Using HP5 at 800 with a 1/2000s top shutter speed isn't super-flexible; I typically keep the lens around f/11 on a sunny day. The yellow filter helps keep the speed down as well, although the cloudless sky didn't really benefit from it.

Roll 15, March 7.

Ilford FP4, EI125, Nikon F6, Sigma 24-35 @ 30mm, 15 seconds, f/11.

There were a few things that I wanted to try on the Spit. One was FP4, which I had used before but under very different conditions. Another was my set of Nisi filters, since long exposures over water are one of my camera traps.

The early results have been encouraging, and now I'm building a smaller long exposure kit that will be a bit more portable and urban.

Read more about shooting for the FP4party on the blog.

Roll 16, March 7.

Ilford FP4, EI125, Nikon F6, 85/2.8D PCE, 1/400, f/13.

I'm so used to thinking that the 85PCE is a tilt-shift lens that I forget that it's also a macro lens. And then, looking at the results, I forget just how little depth of field exists at close focusing distances. Live and learn. Over and over, perhaps.

Because there's a delay with film I'm writing this a week after these photos were taken. While they aren't developed yet, I've shot another three rolls since then, too. Next weekend will probably see two or three more, giving 21+ in just three months.

Shooting 36 rolls in one year is clearly a goal I will need to revise.

Roll 17, March 14.

Ilford Pan F, EI32, Nikon F6, Sigma 24-35.

One of my first photos with my first roll of Pan F Plus. This is an older iso50 film that really, really likes contrast. I took it out to the lake around Rouge Hill and made liberal use of my graduated neutral density filter to try to tame the sky, but no colour contrast filter at all. That's the last thing this needs.

My initial impression is that shooting Pan F is an easy way to ruin photos. So many of them just didn't want to be. But occasionally everything works, and the results are glorious. I always buy new film in pairs, so I'll take what I've learned and see if Roll Two works better.

There's more about my first roll of Pan on the blog.

Roll 18, March 14.

Kodak Portra 160, Nikon F6, Sigma 24-35 @ 24mm, 13s, f/11.

This beach has clearly suffered the effects of last spring's high water, teenagers, or both. I like grey as much as anyone, but every now and then I need some colour, so it was a perfect place to start.

The photos was recorded through a ten-stop ND filter, with the ND Grad on the sky as well. The Nisi filter system is great, but it's easier to use on a mirrorless camera that can gain up its viewfinder to see through them. On the SLR I had to keep clipping and unclipping them. Not a big deal, but still.

I wrote about this roll on the blog.

Roll 19, March 14.

Ilford Delta 100, EI100, Nikon F6, Sigma 24-35 @ 31mm, 4s, f/11.

No filters needed to drag the shutter on this one. My afternoon walk from the Rouge Hill to Pickering GO Train stations has reached its conclusion seven hours after its start, and everything I'm carrying weighs twice as much as when I started. Next time I bring the rangefinder.

I kid, of course – the rangefinder can't do what I wanted on this trip. But I learned a bit about how to use the F6 on this walk, and have changed a few things because of it.

I wrote up more about this roll, too.

Roll 20, March 18.

Fujifilm Acros II, EI100, Nikon F6, 50/1.8G, 1/6s, f/8.

The relaunched Fujifilm Acros arrived on Monday and I bought a Baker's Brick immediately. I finished my first roll of it over three lunches and had it developed and scanned by Thursday.

I've been looking forward to this for six months – it's so much easier use for long exposures that it's guaranteed to be a favourite, and it doesn't hurt that I like the look of it, too. Yes, it's one of those films that I'll use when I should really be using a digital camera (see also: Delta 100, Delta 3200) but that's not going to stop me.

More about this roll on the blog.