2018: On Reflection, Part Three

2018 was the year I dove back into Photography in a big way. That isn’t to say I had stopped completely, but 2018 was definitely the year when I said, “LET’S DO THIS!”

I listened to all the podcasts (Sunny 16 and Analog Talk are my favourites). I took my camera (or more accurately, cameras) almost everywhere and I started this blog/ website/ photography archive. I backed a bunch of photography related things on Kickstarter including (but not limited to) PhotoKlassik International Magazine and PinBox by Hamm Camera Company. I even signed up to an after work college course (which didn’t happen because not enough people signed up to it).

Why reflect?

I want to improve my skills and stay motivated. There are lots of ways I could do this, I could obviously just keep getting outside with my camera. But I feel like without some reflection on my previous year in photography I won’t be able to decide what I did well, what I didn’t do so well, what I enjoyed and what felt like a chore. Without taking the time to analyse these things, how am I going to actually improve?

In the first part of this series, I looked at the film I shot with and in the second part, I thought about my camera choices.

In this part, I am going to look at my favourite photos of 2018. If you missed the previous parts in this series you can find the links below:
Part One: Film Choices
Part Two: Camera Choices

My Favourite Photos of 2018

Pentax ME Super | Lomo Colour 400 | 35mm
This was at the lake we stayed on whilst on holiday in Canada. It was probably the most beautiful, tranquil and fun places I have ever been to. I took this picture on the last day of the holiday at about 6am, the water was so still and there was just one little boat making a journey across the middle.
Pentax ME Super | Kodak Ektar 100 | 35mm
Another one from our Canadian lake visit, but this time with Ektar film. If we weren’t sitting in a chair reading we were in the lake swimming. It was so great.
Pentax Super A | FujiFilm Superia X-TRA 400 | 35mm
This film is really good for enhancing pastel colours. I really love its ability to make blurred backgrounds seem so warm and soft.
The lens that I used with this camera was probably the 50mm which has an f stop of 1.7. I am pretty sure I used that aperture setting for this photo as only one eye is in focus. I really wish I had both eyes in focus – then I think it would have been perfect to me.
Pentax ME Super | Ilford HP5 | 35mm
I am proud of this photo purely because it was featured in a photostream on the Film Shooters Collective.
Pentax Super A | Lomo Colour 400 | 35mm
I love the colours in this picture but I think I should have focused more on the bud part of the flower instead of the leafy parts. This is something I really need to work on in 2019 – stopping for longer to think about which part of the entire picture I want the focus on.
Pentax ME Super | FujiFilm Pro 400 | 35mm
I built my lego version of me a house. The house was rubbish but I like this photo.
Kodak Brownie 127 | Expired Kodak | 35mm
This is more of a reminder that next time I use this camera I not only want to shoot with the camera upside down but remember to frame the image lower than the viewfinder shows. However, this was the best picture that I got from this roll which is why it is in my favourites from 2018 list.
The red dot is a light leak that has found its way through my not thick enough tape. – I had hacked this camera so that I could run 35mm instead of 127.
Pentax ME Super | Kodak Portra 800 @1600 | 35mm
Firstly I love that I found a stone shaped like a heart. Second, I like the colours. If I did this again however, I would the heart was more central.
Pentax ME Super | FujiFilm Superia X-TRA 400 @800 | 35mm
This was one of my favourites from this roll that I shot but kind of wish I had my wider lens with me that day. I couldn’t really step further back because I would have fallen into the sea.
Montanus Delmonta | Kodak Portra 400 | 120mm
This was the first photo I took with this film along with the first time I used my Weston Master V to measure the natural light. I really like this photo a lot. I love it when natural light does what I want it to do.

In Summary

Most of these photos are my favourite of 2018 because of the memories that they have attached to them. But they are also the ones of the bunch of memories that I think captured that memory best.

My biggest takeaway from thinking about these photos is that I need to slow down a bit more. Look at the subject or object that I want to photograph and then think about how it will look when it is printed. If I think about the colours and the focus and decide I am happy with how I think it is going to work then I can’t be disappointed with the outcome.

Next Time

In part four I will conclude all my takeaways and plan out my objectives for 2019.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to leave me a comment and follow me to be notified when I post the final part of this series. You can also follow me on Instagram @sisboombah.

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