All this week I’m sharing single-subject photo series I’ve made.

The subject I’ve photographed by far most often is the shed at my old house. It was certainly easy to reach: just step out the back door.

It was in middling shape when I moved in, and it deteriorated from there. I finally invested in stabilizing and repairing the structure, at which time its blue hue gave way to tan.

All week I’ve shared pretty much every photo of each subject, but not this time, as I photographed the shed a whopping 51 times. Here are the 28 I think are most interesting — to the extent a shed is interesting. These are roughly in chronological order.

My barn

Kodak Signet 40, Fujicolor 200

Barn door

Kodak Signet 40, Fujicolor 200


Minolta Hi-Matic 7, Fujicolor 200

Shed double exposure

Kodak Tourist, Kodak Plus-X.


Pentax ME, 28mm f/2.8 SMC Pentax-M, Kodak Ektar 100


Ansco B2 Speedex, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros


Canon Dial 35-2, Fujicolor 200


Yashica-D, Kodak E100G


Voigtländer Vitoret LR, Arista Premium 400

My shed

Canon Canonet Junior, Kodak Gold 200 (found in camera, expired)

Shed redux redux

Kodak Monitor Six-20, Kodak Gold 200 (expired, processed as b/w by mistake)


Kodak Brownie Starmatic, Efke 100


Olympus Stylus, Kodak Gold 200 (expired)

Shed at dusk

Polaroid Colorpack II, Fujicolor FP-100C


Yashica Lynx 14e, Kodak T-Max 400

Open Shed

Polaroid Big Swinger 3000, Fujifilm FP-3000B

Shed and Brush Pile

Polaroid Big Swinger 3000, Fujifilm FP-3000B

Shed Again

Olympus 35RC, Fujicolor 200


Kodak 35, Kodak Plus-X (expired)

Goodbye, ash trees

Canon PowerShot S95


Minolta Maxxum 7000, 50mm f/1.7 Maxxum AF, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200


Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor, Eastman Double-X 5222


Yashica-12, Kodak Tri-X 400

Shed with a light leak

Pentax IQZoom EZY, Kodak Gold 400


Minolta AF-Sv, Fujicolor 200

Fence gate top

Nikon FA, 50mm f/1.8 Nikon Series E, Fomapan 200


Argus C3, Fujicolor 200

My shed

Pentax Spotmatic F, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar, Konica Chrome Centuria 200 (x 12/2003)

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My old shed



22 thoughts on “My old shed

  1. Actually a very interesting post. It’s great to see how those different cameras and films compare against the same subject. The variation is much more than you’d think.

    …and what a great looking shed!

    • The shed was actually not in best shape. The floor near the door was rotting with water damage. As you can see I had to repair rot in the doors. But it worked well enough keeping stuff dry.

  2. I have often devoted a frame or two in many of my old cameras to a little garden statue I particularly like. It does help me to evaluate the capabilities of the cameras, but those differences turn out to be quite subtle compared to the quality of light at different times of the day and my readiness to engage with the opportunity.

    • It’s true, the available light and how much your head is in the game do matter an awful lot, more than the camera unless you’re photographing with a toy.

  3. DougD says:

    My favorite is the tourist black and white shot. You could write a good short story about how the shed came to be haunted by the ghost of a newspaper mailbox, something about the death of printed media.

    At any rate it certainly adds interest to the shot!

  4. Rodjrik Renowlzs says:

    I’ve read your story about the shed an saw the photos . Think it would look better with a stamp cement floating around one side an the front of it

  5. Sheds are handy things. Especially if you want a consistent subject to try out different photographic techniques – and don’t happen to have a cathedral nearby. ;)

  6. rodjrik says:

    I saw your photos and I liked them an I think if u put a stamp of plane cement patio an turn it into a bar or a hang out it’s still would look kool because I just put a patio by a similar shed a couple weeks back an it came out looking awesome

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