Blogosphere, Film Photography

Film photography blogs you should follow

It’s time for my annual list of film photography blogs! A great joy of film photography is the community of people who enjoy everything about it: the gear, the films, getting out and shooting, and looking at the resulting photographs. Lots of us share our adventures on our blogs.

Side mirror selfie
A portrait of the blogger

If you don’t see your blog here, I hope you won’t feel put out. Maybe I just don’t know about it. Let me know which blogs I’m missing in the comments!

If you do see your blog here but think my description misses the mark, go to my About page and send me a message on the contact form. Tell me in up to 25 words what you’d like me to say about your blog. I may edit it but I’ll use it to update this list.

This list has grown a lot since last year — it has 104 entries now, up 27 from last year. Not that long ago, most of the blogs on this list were about vintage film gear. But now, a growing number are about making photographs, and it happens that they are on film. I like this shift toward writing about film photography and not just gear. I think this shows that film photography has become far more alive and well than any of us could have imagined just ten years ago!

You’ll see little emoji next to some blogs:

  • ✨ is a blog that’s new to this year’s list.
  • ❀ is one of the blogs I look forward to most.
  • πŸ“· is a blog that’s part of a little kaffeeklatsch I belong to where we talk about photography and photo blogging.

Also, I’m listing only blogs that have posted recently and post regularly, and have an RSS feed so I can aggregate them into my reader.

  • ✨ 127 Film Photography β€” A blog dedicated to 127 film and cameras, and the major proponent of 127 Day, held annually on July 12th.
  • 35 millimetre β€” Film photographs by Charlotte Davis in the UK.
  • 35mm Chronicle β€” Rob Lowe does some lovely work in black and white.
  • 35mm Film Shootist β€” Black and whites from Martin Smith’s Leica.
  • βœ¨πŸ“· 35mm Retro Photo β€” Vintage gear reviews and photographs from John Hanson.
  • πŸ“· 35mmc β€” Hamish Gill and his crew write about cameras and films and photographic skills
  • πŸ“· Alex Luyckx β€” A dedicated film photographer shares his work. His film reviews are the most useful on the Internet.
  • Alex Yates Photography — Pinholes, Polaroids, and 35mm from this Norwich, UK-based photographer.
  • All My Cameras β€” Christoph in Germany and his growing collection. In German and in English.
  • ✨ Aly’s Vintage Camera Alley β€” Alyssa loves obscure old cameras, and shoots as many as she finds.
  • Analog Cafe β€” A group blog of photo essays, reviews, and stories.
  • Analogue Wonderland β€” The blog of Analogue Wonderland, a film store in the UK.
  • Andrew Bartram β€” Film landscapes of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands in eastern England.
  • βœ¨πŸ“· Aperture Preview β€” Reviews of vintage film cameras, by Eric Jason.
  • Aragon’s Eye — Chris shares photographs and film-camera reviews.
  • Attempts at 35mm β€” Pekka waxes philosophical about cameras and street photography.
  • Barnaby Nutt β€” Barnaby documents his life with his film camera.
  • Bernard Prunesquallor β€” Essays on many topics, illustrated with film photographs.
  • ✨ Between light and shadow, a borderline β€” Roy Karlsvik takes his film cameras with him all over the world in his work as a sailor.
  • πŸ“· Bill Smith’s Photography β€” Bill shoots 35mm and medium format, and shares in a visual diary format.
  • ✨ Blogging a Dead Horse β€” Neil Piper reviews films and gear, and shoots some pinhole as well.
  • Broken Camera . Club β€” Mostly reviews of mostly obscure gear.
  • ❀ πŸ“· Camera Go Camera β€” Peggy reviews lots and lots of gear, some of it off-the-wall stuff she bought while living in Japan.
  • ❀ Camera Legend β€” Sam collects legendary cameras and writes about using them.
  • πŸ“· Canny Cameras β€” Gear reviews and photographs by Alan D. This site explained why the Lomography 110 film I use sometimes leaves light spots on some images. A tip of the hat for that.
  • ✨ Captured by Film β€” Film photographs on classic film cameras.
  • πŸ“· Casual Photophile β€” This site written by James and his crew sets the Internet standard for vintage gear reviews. Excellent writing, excellent images, great cameras. I read every post, from beginning to end.
  • ✨ Christopher May β€” Christopher shoots both film and digital, but film keeps calling him back.
  • ✨ Colin Devroe β€” Colin writes mostly about technology but also slips in some film photographs along the way.
  • ✨ Daniel Veazy β€” A serious blog by a serious man, mostly about film photography.
  • ✨ Earth Sun Film β€” An exploration of gardening and photography, by Jerome Carter.
  • πŸ“· EMULSIVE β€” A place for film photographers of all backgrounds to share their knowledge, experience, and thoughts about everything related to film photography.
  • Filling the Time β€” Karen explores photography and film cameras.
  • Film Advance β€” Gary shares images from his eclectic collection of film cameras.
  • Film Based Traveler — Nicole works in a biomedical research lab by day and shoots film in her spare time.
  • Film Photography Blog β€” A straightforwardly named blog from the Film Shooters Collective.
  • Film Photography.Blog β€” Film photographs from northeast England.
  • ✨ Film Photography London β€” An amateur film photographer in London shares his work.
  • Film Photography Project β€” You gotta include the blog of the FPP gang.
  • ✨ Filmosaur β€” The photographer behind this blog asks us to rise above the oppression of bad photography!
  • ✨ Fireside Five β€” Gretchen shares her photos from her vintage cameras as she lives her life.
  • ❀ Fogdog Blog β€” John takes his Nikons and his Pentaxes (and sometimes his Leicas) along the northern California coast.
  • For the easily distracted… β€” Rhianne in the UK shoots film, and lots of it.
  • ✨ Found Film β€” Simon Hawketts finds old film images and shares them here.
  • ✨ fourohoh β€” Film photographs from the Hawaiian coast.
  • ✨ Going Lomo β€” Dan likes alternative film looks as he photographs the places he visits around the world.
  • ✨ GQGlasgow β€” Film photographs of a life in Glasgow.
  • I dream of sumac and milkweed β€” Personal essays and film photographs.
  • ✨ Island in the Net β€” Film photographs and a lot of beer, from KhΓΌrt Williams.
  • Ivan Pilov Photography β€” Film photographs, mostly from Israel.
  • Japan Camera Hunter β€” Bellamy lives in Tokyo and finds lovely old cameras for you. And writes about film photography.
  • ✨ Joe Van Cleave’s Blog β€” Experimental film photography by Joe Van Cleeve.
  • John’s Cameras β€” If it can make an image, John Margetts will give it a try and share his experience here.
  • πŸ“· Johnny Martyr β€” Photographing portraits and live music on film.
  • Katie Shoots Film β€” Katie shoots film all over the world, using a small stable of cameras.
  • πŸ“· Kosmo Foto β€” Stephen dispels the myths about film: that it’s too hard and too expensive, and breaks film-photography news.
  • ✨ Lance King β€” Essays about photography, plus gear and film reviews.
  • ✨ Lily Schwartz Photography β€” Lily is a European documentary photographer who often shoots film.
  • ✨ Marcus Peddle β€” Marcus shoots film all over Korea, where he lives.
  • ✨ Marcy Merrill Photography β€” Film photographs from the person behind the Junk Store Cameras site, one of the longest running film photography sites on the Internet.
  • Mere Film Photography β€” Shooting film, printing digitally, thinking and writing about the craft.
  • πŸ“· mike eckman dot com β€” Long form histories and reviews, from common cameras to wacky stuff you’ve never heard of.
  • Mostly Monochrome — A photo-a-day blog with a surprising number of color photos given its title.
  • myvintagecamerasblog β€” Kathleen experiments with cameras and film.
  • Natalie Smart Film Photography — A film photographer in Brighton, UK, who shoots 35mm, 120, and instant.
  • North East Liberties β€” Michael shares scenes from the region of Northern Ireland his blog is named after. His specialty is printing.
  • ✨ Now Developing β€” Dylan is a hobbyist photographer who aims to feature good work from the film photography community.
  • Olli Thomson Photography β€” A career ex-pat who lives all over the world, shooting his film gear and sharing his work.
  • ✨ Peter Barker β€” A blog about photography and, sometimes, classic cameras and films.
  • ✨ Peter Barton β€” Peter takes pictures, collects cameras, drinks coffee and travels a little, though not necessarily in that order of preference.
  • Photo-Analogue – Nicholas shares photos from his 20 film cameras and discusses tech and technique.
  • Photo Jottings β€” A lot of film camera tests and reviews, from Kurt Munger.
  • ❀ Photography and Vintage Cameras – Mike does great work with his old cameras, especially in black and white. He can make an old folder or box camera really sing.
  • πŸ“· Photo Thinking — Theo Panagopolous writes a friendly and informative blog on photography, photo processes and the wonderful and varied cameras used to create pictures.
  • Random Camera Blog – Mark shoots frequently with his old cameras and shares the results here.
  • reCap β€” Gear and photographs. A German blog in English.
  • Richard Haw’s Classic Nikon Repair and Review — What it says on the tin. Extremely informative.
  • Seeing Wide β€” Photo walks and street photography, on film, by Monette.
  • ❀ short stories — Gerald, amateur photographer, professional misfit.
  • Slow Photography β€” Jordi shares his experiences with gear and technique.
  • Steel City Snapper β€” Medium format and 35mm photography from Sheffield, UK.
  • ✨ Steven Lawrence Pictures β€” Steve makes film photographs mostsly around Seattle, where he lives.
  • ✨ Street Dances β€” Simon shoots the street, mostly on film.
  • TAZM Pictures β€” Tom films everything, and often on actual film.
  • ✨ Ted Smith Photography β€” Pro photographer who favors film, especially for his personal projects.
  • ✨ TeGieeR β€” Michael Sikorski is a Polish photographer who favors 35mm film.
  • the6millionpman β€” Ed Worthington loves his film TLRs, but is also known to shoot a little 35mm and even Polaroid. He loves Italy and shares a lot of photos from his visits there.
  • ✨ The Glass Aerie β€” Nicole shares her film photographs
  • ✨ The Image Attic β€” Mike Warman shares images from his large archive of negatives.
  • The Resurrected Camera β€” Joe proves that film photography doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • The Unrecovering Photography Addict — Sam loves everything about photography, from the gear to the process to the result.
  • ✨ The View from the End of the World β€” New Zealander Steve Mitchell shares his film photographs.
  • ✨ The Web Darkroom β€” Andrew Sanderson has made a life in analogue photography, and shares his experience on his blog.
  • ✨ thegashaus β€” Mark has collected about 500 film cameras. He shows them off and puts film through them.
  • The Vintage Lens β€” Tim Jeffers makes photos with cameras at least 50 years old.
  • ✨ Tim Dobbs Photography β€” This Welshman shoots film.
  • ✨ Toivonen Photography β€” Henri in Sweden likes old gear and unusual films. He shares what he’s learned about printing and scanning, too.
  • ✨ ULTRAsomething β€” Gregory Simpson has returned to film, and wants to share his work.
  • ✨ Uncle Jonesey’s Cameras β€” Gear reviews, stories, and images, all about vintage film cameras and the darkroom.
  • ✨ Urban Adventure League β€” Bicycling, geography, history, and film photography.
  • Utah Film Photography β€” Shaun Nelson with vintage gear photographs and reviews.
  • View from the Carrot Room β€” SilverFox moved from the UK to the US and records his life on film.
  • Why Use Film Cameras? β€” Frank in Luxembourg shoots film, proving every day that it’s not as expensive as you think.
  • Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic β€” Photos of gear from his extensive collection, mostly Yashicas.

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Downtown Indianapolis after the protests

It would have been much better to share these photos closer to the day I made them, which was the first of July. The nationwide protests were still happening then, in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the hands of Minneapolis police.

I had been avoiding Downtown. But my work laptop quit working and corporate IT needed me to bring it in for repair. That meant a visit to our Indianapolis office in the heart of the protest area. I knew I’d be seeing my city all boarded up, so I took a camera. But I shot film, and film takes time, especially since I shot color and have to send it out for processing.

This is the building in which I work. It’s on both the Michigan and National Roads, better known as Washington Street in Indianapolis. Walking up to the building, I felt like I’d stepped into an episode of The Twilight Zone. I was saddened, and I felt a little anger deep down, both over the destruction and the generational, pervasive poor treatment of Black Americans that led to it.

After the protests

After IT fixed my laptop I walked up and down Washington for a few blocks. This is what I saw there.

After the protests
After the protests
After the protests
After the protests
After the protests
After the protests
After the protests
After the protests
After the protests

After seeing photos of colorful murals on boarded-up windows in other cities, the many bare boards on Washington Street surpried me. Maybe it’s the same in other cities, but nobody shows the unpainted boards.

After a few blocks, I turned around and walked to Monument Circle, the heart of Downtown.

After the protests
After the protests
After the protests
After the protests
After the protests

The southeast quadrant of the Circle was closed to traffic for the weekly summer farmer’s market. It is normally held a few blocks away on Market Street, between City Market and the City County Building, but street work there has moved the market to the Circle all summer. I felt encouraged to see it there. I’d seen a number of news photos of protesters on the Circle, including heartbreaking photos of a minivan driving right into some protesters. The farmer’s market felt to me like a reclaiming of the space for good, normal life.

Farmer's Market
Farmer's Market
Farmer's Market

I’m infuriated that as a nation we still don’t treat Black people with the full honor and respect due any human being. I hope these protests, along with those across the nation, cause us to finally face and change our shameful racist behavior.

Seeing my city like this was hard. But it’s even harder for my Black neighbors that they have had to live for so long with fear and anger.

Olympus OM-2n, 40mm f/2 Zuiko Auto-S, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200.

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Fire escape

Fire escape
Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK
Arista Premium 100
LegacyPro L110 Dilution H (1+63)
2020

I’m always amused by fire escape chutes like this one. They make you kind of hope there’s a fire just so you can use it!

Except that when a building is burning, these can get skin-burningly hot.

Also, those blocks holding up the chute look rather sketchy.

So maybe it’s best to leave this one alone.

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single frame: Fire escape

Looking up the business end of a fire escape chute.

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Neighborhood and power lines

Power lines towering overhead
Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK
Arista Premium 100
LegacyPro L110, Dilution H (1+63)
2020

I’m still working on my project to document my vinyl-village neighborhood, with an eye toward publishing a book with the photos.

I think this photo will make a perfect cover for the book! It says a great deal about this neighborhood.

High-voltage power lines cut through the neighborhood. I’ve made a lot of photos involving those lines and their towers lately, trying to show how in some parts of this neighborhood they dominate the view.

In other parts of the neighborhood, such as the part I live in, what dominates is the constant drone of vehicles on nearby I-65.

This neighborhood is a middle-class enclave in what is otherwise a wealthy town. These homes sell for well below Zionsville’s median home price. I suppose detractors such as these power lines and the Interstate is part of the reason why.

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single frame: Power lines towering overhead

A power-line tower dominates this neighborhood scene.

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Arista Premium 100 in the Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK

Hunt Club Road

In thanks for a favor, reader Christopher May sent me a roll of Arista Premium 100 black-and-white film to shoot. This film is widely thought to be rebranded Kodak Plus-X, which went out of production in 2011. After that, Arista stopped offering its Premium 100 film as soon as stock ran out. This roll expired in 2011, but had been stored frozen.

Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK

I loaded the film into my Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK, a terrific little viewfinder camera with a coupled selenium light meter. I hadn’t used it in some time and it deserved some exercise. But also, its lens is put-your-eye-out sharp and I looked forward to what it would do with this film.

I shot most of the roll on a bike ride over to the cemetery next to a little country church not far from my home. I developed the film in LegacyPro L110, Dilution H (1+63), and scanned it with VueScan and my Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II.

Road

Things didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. Every time I pick up a viewfinder camera I forget to focus a couple photos early in the roll, and this time was no exception. It’s as if not seeing a rangefinder patch or split-image circle in the viewfinder makes me think the image must already be in focus, or something. I also misfocused a couple photos because I’m not the greatest guesser of distance.

Cemetery entrance

But even then, almost all of these images were soft. Several were hazy, as well. I was able to Photoshop most of the haze out, but I was only able to improve sharpness only so much. The photos I’m sharing here all look sharp enough at blog size. The softness comes out at full scan size. If you’re curious, click any photo to view it on Flickr, and once there click the photo to expand it.

Angel

The photos above and below are the sharpest on the roll. They give a good sense of what this camera’s Carl Zeiss Tessar lens can do.

Military grave

I had a lovely time with the Contessa LK, at any rate. I left its ever-ready case on and slung it over my shoulder and across my torso for this bike ride. The leather strap was still solid and strong despite the case showing heavy use.

Marker

I finished the roll on a walk with Margaret through the Garfield Park neighborhood in southeast Indianapolis. We’re starting to dream again of where we want to live next, and I’m drawn to some of Indianapolis’s old neighborhoods.

Garfield Park neighborhood

Houses on two streets overlook stunning Garfield Park with its sunken garden and conservatory. Garfield Park is a real hidden gem in Indianapolis.

Garfield Park neighborhood

Despite everything, it’s good to see the signature even tonality and smoothness of Plus-X again. Yes, I believe that’s what Arista Premium 100 is, just as I believe that the also discontinued Arista Premium 400 was rebranded Kodak Tri-X.

I think I need to give the Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK another spin soon, and see if I can improve on these results.

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Blue Star Memorial

Blue Star Memorial
Nikon F2
50mm f/2 AI Nikkor
Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros

2016

I don’t have a military bone in my body. My dad tried hard to convince me to go into ROTC in college. Even though it would have paid most of my way, I wouldn’t have it. Dad was serious about men serving their country. I’m surprised now that he didn’t insist.

But I admire the men and women who did and do serve. I’m always saddened to find military graves in a cemetery, because it reminds me that some gave all.

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single frame: Blue Star Memorial

Military graves at Crown Hill in Indianapolis.

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