A Roll of Film

I love shooting film. It's a perfect blend of challenge, frustration and contemplation that I don't get shooting digital and it lets me approach my photography with a different mindset. It's an indulgence for me - almost like a hobby within a hobby - but I still take it seriously. Today's post is all about the last roll of infra-red film I loaded just before leaving Singapore last year.

Usually I have lots of different digital projects on the go at any one time, for me each roll of film is a record of 36 individual moments, unconnnected and unorganised. I saw something and I took the picture. Sometimes I remember why, sometimes it's obvious why and sometimes I have fun wondering what the hell I was doing!

Yesterday I finished the roll. I was excited because it is the first time I've used infra-red film. It has taken me an entire year to shoot 36 exposures and I don't even remember what photographs I've taken. I was hugely excited to see what I'd end up with when I got the film developed.

Except when I rewound the film and popped the back open... it wasn't infra-red film at all. It was a roll of bog-standard colour film.

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Ah the joys of film! Normally I keep a shred of the film box of in the holder on the back of the camera but over 12 months that fell out & has been lost.

So today we celebrate the roll of film I didn't know I had! I've shared my favourite images below, warts and all. What I find interesting is how my mindset was black & white but the end result is colour - and how that has helped or hurt the final images. In my opinion this has been the single best roll of film I've shot, in terms of images I'm proud to share at any rate.

The funny part of this? I have a roll of infra-red film lurking in one of my other cameras... and I don't know which one!

I'm annoyed this didn't come out in IR monochrome, I spent a while making sure the framing and composition was just-so.

I'm annoyed this didn't come out in IR monochrome, I spent a while making sure the framing and composition was just-so.

Edie. Needless to say I'm happy with this one.

Edie. Needless to say I'm happy with this one.

Jasper is always a willing subject.

Jasper is always a willing subject.

The light on this morning in St. Ives was superb, almost otherworldly. It gives such a crisp, bold airiness to the picture.

The light on this morning in St. Ives was superb, almost otherworldly. It gives such a crisp, bold airiness to the picture.

Waves & rocks. I could have spent hours here watching last night's storm batter the coast of Cornwall the following morning.

Waves & rocks. I could have spent hours here watching last night's storm batter the coast of Cornwall the following morning.

A shame about the light leaks but I can fix those in Photoshop later. But these images are giving me a hankering to shoot some medium-format landscapes.

A shame about the light leaks but I can fix those in Photoshop later. But these images are giving me a hankering to shoot some medium-format landscapes.

Thinking in infra-red I was expecting the bench to sharply contrast with the vegetation surrounding it. 

Thinking in infra-red I was expecting the bench to sharply contrast with the vegetation surrounding it. 

I love the contrast in tones that build up this image in layers stretching back to the sea.

I love the contrast in tones that build up this image in layers stretching back to the sea.

Another I thought would have looked awesome in infra-red. If I get time I might try emulating the effect artificially.

Another I thought would have looked awesome in infra-red. If I get time I might try emulating the effect artificially.

A final piece of fun to complete the roll.

A final piece of fun to complete the roll.