Black and White, Macro, Photography, Project 365

Photo: “35mm Film Roll”

Film Roll, 35mm - July 2014
Film Roll, 35mm – July 2014


I am in the process of a massive edit of my photographic output since about 2005. Specifically I am deleting thousands of images which I have taken that are absolutely terrible, to put it mildly. Not every picture I post in this daily conceit is of four-star caliber so you can imagine multiplying that by nine years. That’s a great amount of trash.

For photographers I think this process is a necessity for a couple of different reasons. Firstly there is no real reason to clutter up your file sheets and hard drives with images that are not your very best work, or at least that you would want to have survive you. If you are serious about shooting that should still leave you with tens of thousands of images.

Secondly, it’s an opportunity to see what you have done in the past and, if necessary, revisit it. Which is what I have done here today. I have a very similar image that I’ve posted to this blog so technically this is a redux. However, having seen the previous image I was able to make judicious considerations about how I might better it concerning angles, camera settings, and processing. I think the above is the superior image. I might never have taken it without going over the past to see where I’m headed in the future.


4 thoughts on “Photo: “35mm Film Roll””

  1. Wow, I didn’t know who I was talking to when I commented on your post today. I was using my iPhone so only saw this one post…your photos are wonderful, I’m downloading your e-book as I write, and I’ll check out your tutorial on using GIMP soon. Everyone’s trying to make money from their blog these days but here you are giving things away for free. Very admirable!


    1. Well thanks! My tutorials, e-books, and other offerings being free of charge is partly because I think that charging for every little thing is getting to be a bit of a problem (especially with photography), and partly because I use open source photography software for my own work. Since I’m not a programmer if I can give back to the community through my knowledge and experience it’s a win-win for everyone.


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