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Old 03-13-2017   #1
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One Roll Challenge!

ONE ROLL CHALLENGE!

What is the challenge?
Post your photos that best capture the essence and character of your city or town. If you do not live in an urban area, select one nearest you.

Purpose:
The challenge is a non-competitive exercise to test yourself in photographing an area familiar to you in a way that the complete body of work tells a story of a geographical area through its people, places and activities.

Rules:
You may begin shooting now, subject to the following:
Shoot only ONE ROLL of 120 film in any format in ONE DAY and post on or before April 28, 2017.
Film may be color, black and white, or slide film.
Only one submittal per person.

What camera to use:
Any camera capable of shooting 120 film.

Where to Post:
Please post your images only to this thread.
Captions and/or short descriptions are preferred.
Once your images are posted, discussions may begin.

Supplemental consideration:
Have fun!!!
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Dave, I don't think I'll get the opportunity to play, but if I did the roll would be a strange mixture of beaches, shopping malls and endless traffic jams!
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Dave, I don't think I'll get the opportunity to play, but if I did the roll would be a strange mixture of beaches, shopping malls and endless traffic jams!
Ah... We know better than that , your "strange mixture" is always a recipe for success, such as the end of summer series. Excellent captures of a special place, special time and done by a special photographer.

I understand what you say, and I hope over the next few weeks, you may just find a little (maybe a lot) of personal time for yourself. I am trying to do the same.

As a side note, I find this challenge, as intended, rather difficult to get my mind around, so, I will just go out and have fun on a walkabout one sunny morning/evening. Just going to let it flow, handheld. LOL.

Lynn, maybe you can play with us in the future "One Roll Challenge II"!!!
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Are we to post every image from the roll? Either way I like this idea. Should make it a monthly thing.
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Only just making my first foray into medium format. Waiting for a test roll on a Balda Baldix but got a bargain Super Baldax arriving tomorrow. If it needs work and I get the work done in time, I'll take a roll of Ilford Delta through my city and submit =)
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Are we to post every image from the roll? Either way I like this idea. Should make it a monthly thing.
Post the good, the bad and the ugly? Yikes!
Great idea to put us to the test!

Maybe we can just leave it up to the individual doing the posting. I am open to it.
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Only just making my first foray into medium format. Waiting for a test roll on a Balda Baldix but got a bargain Super Baldax arriving tomorrow. If it needs work and I get the work done in time, I'll take a roll of Ilford Delta through my city and submit =)
That's cool! Looking forward to your post(s)!
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So this is the first 1/4 roll of Acros in my Fujica GL690 in my city of Vancouver . Peter
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And this makes it 1/2 the first roll . Kinda easy when you've only got 8 exposures. Peter
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Wow, Peter! These are nice... You are the first and I am thinking about TriX myself instead of color.

Thanks for posting... Love to see the rest!
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Just saw the post, so I'm making up my mind as to using the Rolleiflex, or the Rapid Omega to finish up sooner. Or I could put a roll in the Buster Brown No3 and really get done early.

No, I have some Pan-F that will go perfect with the Agfa Clack.

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For sure I'll be in, it seems me an excellent proposal and I have an idea which should be good, at least I hope so....thanks Dave for proposing it.

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^ Is Vancouver the only city worthy of photographing on 120 film ?
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^ Is Vancouver the only city worthy of photographing on 120 film ?
Probably the heartiest of all residents, everybody else is waiting for Spring thaw!
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Dang! My 120 was gone 25yrs ago
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Who will be the next person to post?

Personally, I am bored with our little town. BTDT too much. I think I will pick something really different... with family history. Picked up a single roll of Ektar 100 yesterday just for this challenge so I need to do it justice...
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I'll try B&W, need a few days to...prepare myself!
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Get ready: My shots were done on plus x Rated at 64 and developed in rodinol 1+100 for 10 min. Camera was a C33 with 55 and 135 lenses. Unhappy with the results - took awful photos.
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Bumped into someone I knew and then took these
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Thats it - last two were lost to a frame spacing issue and forgetting to adjust exposure when changing lens
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Thats it - last two were lost to a frame spacing issue and forgetting to adjust exposure when changing lens
Wow, Jake!

You brought a tank to the Challrnge! I had no knowledge of the Mamiya C33 before your post. Maybe it's my eyes trying to see the images on the iPhone screen, but it seems these are quite interesting images. Any captions about the locations you shot?

I have a CiroFlex, but I am not confident I can meet the Challenge with it yet. I have fewer rolls through it than my recent 503cxi. So I will stick with it. Thanks for posting your photos, it is a difficult challenge as the video shows!��
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Its a lovely rig but certainly a beast however, the lenses are just fantastic in rendering and sharpness (the 55mm potentially being the best!) I just love the flexibility compared to the rolleicord and autocord.

As for the images I wouldnt say they were anything special. You could divide it up into 3 categories really: street, Shops and portraits

The work indoors with the stairs etc and the shadow outside the pots etc was all taken on the high street where most of the shops are in century old buildings with wood so old the floor warps in height. Most shops are local businesses or small chains although there are some larger chains.

I think the most interesting thing - with it being a small town located in the middle of nowhere is the human aspect as in shot 6 I took the image of the girl reading which looked great in the viewfinder but not so good in hindsight I realized "hang on a sec I know that person" and then went over top say hi and took these portraits.

I must say - I did take about 3 rolls that day but this was the first one.
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Reminder to self...

This is the first weekend in April.

SHOOT A ROLL OF FILM IN ONE DAY!!!

I have the locations, just gotta find a couple of hours to actually get out and shoot.
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Just back from a walk around town with the Rollei FX and a roll of Portra 160. Sun cooperated nicely. Going to get it packed up now for my Post Office run first thing tomorrow.
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I did my challenge by covering the three main areas of population in Roanoke County, VA, which are the independent cities of Roanoke, and Salem, and the town of Vinton. It has gotten harder to tell when you pass from one into the other since the sprawl has begun to merge.

Bencini Koroll 120 (with the 645 mask), on Ilford Pan-F Plus 50.
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Vinton, VA

RIP Angel and Elvia by P F McFarland, on Flickr
The owner of this fine Mexican food establishment and his wife unfortunately passed away from an automobile accident. It was one of the nicest dives around, though I didnt get to eat there as often as Id have liked.


Roanoke, VA

RoanokeValley by P F McFarland, on Flickr
The view from on top of MillMountain. Truly a crossroads kind of place with two Interstates, four US highways, four State highways, and four railroads that eventually merged into one.


Salem, VA

Salem, VA East Main Street by P F McFarland, on Flickr
The older part of town with the more photogenic buildings.

See the complete series on Flickr at https://flic.kr/s/aHskUujhxV

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Thanks, man! Nice write-up on Flickr...the photos look exactly as I remember Roanoke from 10 years ago.

Now that our doctor/hospital visits have settled down, I will be shooting on Wednesday, hoping to have color scans back on Friday. Can't wait to join in!
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Thanks, Dave. The Clack photos didn't work out as well, especially since one only gets eight exposures, though there were a couple on there I might sneak into the Flickr album later on.

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Films back from Praus today, pretty darn nice scans for the money. These were all shot last weekend, Sunday April 2nd IIRC.

So, my hometown, Saint Johnsbury Vermont, know around here as St J.


I live on Cliff Street, so here is the cliff, down one block where it is right on the road. The cliff cuts back from the road grid on my block, and my house is on a little lot with the cliff out behind.


We're in northeastern VT, and get serious cold and can get a bunch of snow. This snow pile at my friend Rich's house is more than 6 feet tall.


We're close to the highway, which is a blessing and a curse. Interstate 91 is just in the background here, and I-93 ends here. This makes for a convenient escape to NY or Boston, or north to Montreal, but means that a lot of heroin moves through this little town.


Much of the town was built in the late 1800's early 1900's by the Fairbanks family, they made railroad scales back in the heyday of the railroads, and still have a small facility here. The company once had vast acreage of factory, sadly only one small old brick building remains of the factory. But many other buildings are still here. This is the Athenaeum, our lovely Victorian library. In the back is the original natural light gallery with a lot of Hudson River School painting.


Eastern Avenue is one of our commercial streets, the pawn shop, dry cleaner, arts center, some hair salons. Down the bottom of the hill is the SRO housing, the movie theater, the Mexican Restaurant.


Another big old business was the Ides Mill. They once supplied grain to all the local farms, but the local farms are mostly gone from dairy if they still exist at all. I've rented this whole place as a studio several times, first for the month of January in 2006 and then for a year back in 2012/13.
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The railroads were king here, but we only get a few trains a week coming through now. We were really flooded out in the big 1927 flood, so much of our infrastructure dates from 1927, 28 or 29. This great old bridge is now just used as a footbridge by kids and junkies.


Tthe top level here has some fancy commemorative name, this lower level is just the Bay Street Bridge. A favorite place for graffiti. These cross the Passumpsic River, which separates the town into two distinct halves. "The Hill" and Downtown are on one side, the rougher side of town is on the other.


Many businesses are closed and empty here. This was a pretty busy Cumberland Farms till late last year, now abandoned. I've heard that it was closed by the central office because a newer store opened on the other side of town, close to a highway exit.


There is some staggering poverty here, not only drug related.


And there is still some staggering wealth.


And here I am, in the middle. Back home.

My film was my last roll of Portra 160, shot with the Rollei FX, developed and scanned by Praus in Rochester.
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Terrific photo coverage and description of your little town! Thanks for posting, Bob.

It looks like a nice town!

Staggering is a good word for such a contrast of life in a little town. I see a lot of the same thing here as well. The haves and have nots. And then there is the commercial blight v commercial sprawl.

That is life in America and one reason why I gave up on City and Town Planning. After five decades, I looked back and saw no real difference. But, it is good to know the little towns still survive.
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Oh nice, I'll make an effort to join in Dave!

Thanks for setting this up!
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Thank you Dave, it was fun, and got me nice walk on one of our first warm-ish days. What a difference a week makes, I'm in shorts today and tomorrow. Still snow around, but it is melting fast. Tho we did get a dusting overnight on Thursday night. One benefit to having a White Easter so often when my kids were young: just hiding white eggs in the snow was a lot more challenging!
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I think I might can do this challenge but it will have to be with a Holga 120N. Luckily it gets dark later now.
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Real nice images Bob, the camera and the scans did justice to a keen eye.

Amazed to see so many old buildings left unused and unused infrastructure left for so long, in the Netherlands governments and real estate owners have a thing for tidiness so derelict buildings and bridges etc aren't seen as abundantly.

I'll see what I can come up with from my home town. The light's good today and I have a nice Beautyflex 2.8 that could do with 12 frames of exercise...

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Wow, Johan, you always amaze me coming up with beautiful cameras I never knew existed!
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