It happened that I found a box containing 50 Ferrania Solaris FGplus ISO 100 films with only 12 exposures each. I bought them one time when there was some 12 images projects going on within some photo forum but then never used them. It is color films and I always found scanning and handling of color negative film annoying. That is because until recently I had no good way to invert the negatives and deal with the orange mask. I know how to get rid of it but it is not a simple white-balance operation and no matter what, I had always to deal with color casts.
Until recently? Yes. I found a nice LR plugin for my needs: NegativeLabPro which makes all my issues just go away. It is not for free, but since I anyway have to scan many color negatives with family images it is worth any Cent.
Now, since scanning (I do photo-scanning with a digital camera) got all that easy I think that those 50 films do not go into the garbage can nor will I sell them. I will just use them.
I thought I do a longer term project with the Nikon FM2 that I still have. But I sent a film through it and realized … although it was once my favorite camera, it no longer is. I do not like the shake from the mirror. I do not like pressing my nose at the back of the camera to see through the view finder. So I got on ebay and looked for an alternative. Some rangefinder thing with a fixed lens like the Minolta HiMatic or the Olympus RD35 or whatever is out there.
In the end I got a camera that I never heard about before. A Canonet QL17 GIII. It has a 40mm f1.7 lens (hence the 17 in the name) and a cool system to easily and quickly load the film (hence the QL in the name). It found its way to me in pretty good condition. Maybe the rangefinder spot is a bit fuzzy, but it is functional.
This weekend I sent a film through it to see if everything is functioning correct. Since I did not want to wait for the lab I used a Tmax400 which I developed in Wolfgang Moerschs Finol. That was the first time I used this film/developer combination and … I do not like it that much. But it showed the camera is working and the lens is sharp. And I had a lot of fun with it although the images were nothing special, just some images I took during a short walk.
But now, how will the new project look like. I first thought about shooting one of the films every week for 50 weeks. But that is too ambitious. Also one image every day for 600 days is too ambitious and I know I would fail. One image every week would be OK, but 600 weeks? That is more than 11 years and way too long for an ongoing project. I had to come up with something where I see the chance to get it done and this is what I think I will do. Shoot one of the films every month for the next 4 years starting January 2020. That is 48 films and I will try to get one, two or three images per roll which I will show here and which I will put together into a book or album.
But I will keep it flexible. No stress. In the end it is nothing more than a hobby.