Film Flow 2012

I spent 2011 working to refine my photographic workflow. At one point contact sheets were mentioned and they turned out to be worth far more than the cost of both the paper used to print them on and the clear binders used to store them in. So having spent a year working out methods for organizing negatives I’m looking forward to following through with 2012. For what it’s worth the total cost for processing the film above is about $40 US and a few evenings using my film developing methods.

Here’s how the image above breaks down:

8 thoughts on “Film Flow 2012

  1. I really enjoy those types of posts about your developing and archiving. I too am currently starting to do my own developing. (Right now its in the darkroom of my school, but im hoping to set up a darkroom at home soon).

    I got a question though. Yesterday I went out (in Oslo where I live) to shoot some people (i`ve just started the 100 strangers project.) But things just didnt work out the way I wanted them. Everytime I saw a possible candidate, I made up an excuse why I wouldnt photograph them. So i ended up not asking anyone. So how do you shoot people on the streets? And how did you get over your fear of aproaching people to photograph them? (I know you shoot candid mostly, but Ive seen some portraits on here)

  2. I have also been trying to sort out all my negatives to be able to file and find any picture I want to enlarge it. I love seeing how you do it as it has really pushed me to improve my workflow.

  3. I have been trying to do the same with my workflow. Seeing how you do it with the contact sheets, etc… has really helped me organize my work. Thanks!

  4. Lulas-
    That’s an interesting question. I suppose that it is different for everyone, but I find that there is a buffer zone I am given by Japanese society- – I’m always an outsider, and usually seen as a tourist. But then again my Japanese is friendly enough to get along with strangers fairly quickly. Compliments help- with Tokyo Camera Style I don’t think I’ve ever approached someone without a compliment on their camera. This could be an interesting blog post for another time. I honestly do think that I would have trouble doing what I do in another English speaking country. When I go home I usually just photograph my family as the time we have together is so short.
    For the kind of project you mention, why not have some friends pose and help you make examples of the kind of images you want to make? Have them in a small album on hand (not on an iPhone or iPad) and some business cards with your contact info to hand out- – this might help.

    Nicolas-
    Thanks- I am glad to hear that there is interest in these kinds of posts. I think I’ll do more in the future. Putting things online like this in words and pictures helps strengthen my own thoughts on this process.

  5. Hi,
    sorry misspelled my name there, its Lukas. Well I am kind of in the same situation, since Im a german in Norway, but still im less of an outsider than you obviously. Yeah, maybe Ill do that. And of course, its simply a matter of practice, and getting comfortable with it.
    Thanks for the answer, I always enjoy reading your blog. Now for the Camera geek inside of me: What cameras do you own?
    Because there always seem to “appear” new ones :) Didnt know you had a Hexar RF for example (from a post a couple of weeks back).
    greetings
    Lukas

  6. I also pile up film before taking a deep breath and developing it all.
    My fear is to turn into something like Garry Winogrand’s problem… this is from his wikipedia page: “At the time of his death there was discovered about 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film, 6,500 rolls of developed but not proofed exposures, and contact sheets made from about 3,000 rolls.”

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