My old shed

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

Barn

Minolta Hi-Matic 7, Fujicolor 200

Shed double exposure

Kodak Tourist, Kodak Plus-X.

Barn

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

Barn

Ansco B2 Speedex, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros

Barn

Canon Dial 35-2, Fujicolor 200

Barn

Yashica-D, Kodak E100G

Shed

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)

Shed

Kodak Brownie Starmatic, Efke 100

Shed

Olympus Stylus, Kodak Gold 200 (expired)

Shed at dusk

Polaroid Colorpack II, Fujicolor FP-100C

Shed

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

Shed

Kodak 35, Kodak Plus-X (expired)

Goodbye, ash trees

Canon PowerShot S95

Shed

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

Locked

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

Shed

Yashica-12, Kodak Tri-X 400

Shed with a light leak

Pentax IQZoom EZY, Kodak Gold 400

Shed

Minolta AF-Sv, Fujicolor 200

Fence gate top

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

Shed

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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Comments

22 responses to “My old shed”

  1. shivasiddula Avatar

    I learn from this. Photographing the same in different angles, at different times will give different impression. Nice series.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m happy you enjoyed it!

  2. Stuart Templeton Avatar

    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!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      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.

  3. Mike Connealy Avatar

    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.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      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.

  4. DougD Avatar
    DougD

    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!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s a double exposure of my street-mounted mailbox and the shed. I hated the Tourist and got rid of it after one roll of film!

  5. Rodjrik Renowlzs Avatar
    Rodjrik Renowlzs

    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

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m not sure what a stamp cement is. No doubt any number of improvements would have made the shed look better!

  6. Marc Beebe Avatar

    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. ;)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      What makes this series most interesting, I think, is how the shed and my back yard evolved over the 10 years I lived there.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Just the one perfectly ordinary garden shed, and no, I’ve not blogged in it!

  7. rodjrik Avatar
    rodjrik

    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

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I get you now. That would have been fun.

  8. Ekin Azhari Avatar

    Very nice photographic techniques and awesome

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you!

  9. SilverFox Avatar
    SilverFox

    It’s a nice shed jim and an interesting set of varying views of it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It did its shedly duties with distinction.

  10. kevinallan Avatar

    The same colour as my shed but four times bigger. An interesting series

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The many moods of the old shed. Glad you liked it.

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