Looking back at the extraordinary shots our talented contributors kindly share with us, we at Whattaroll like to dig a little deeper into their creative minds and find out what exactly goes into making a killer roll of film. So, for our What a roll section, we ask them, “What elements do you think goes into making a great collection of shots?”
Today’s special features a small selection of some of the magnificent works that have previously graced our What a roll section, along with our fellow film photographers’ insightful answers!
“There are some images which are very special for me, where the light was just perfect or where the films works perfectly, but most of my images are done on hiking tours through wild woods or high mountains. There are so many emotions and moods on these trips which make all the images very special to me. They tell little stories of my life in and with Mother Nature and I enjoy reading them again when I look at the set of images once more.”
“To have a “killer set” is a kind of magic that you cannot plan in advance, you just need to be ready to feel the moment and shoot it. Sometimes, there’s a symbiosis of different perfect elements (subject/situation, camera/film combo, personal mood, inspiration, etc.) in one unique moment that makes you feel that it will be a great roll. When I have the sensation to be in such a moment, I really don’t think at all, I just shoot because this kind of moment is very fragile and can disappear very quickly if you wait or hesitate. The story of this very quick photoshoot was exactly one of these magical moments.”
“It’s always the people and the stories they have to tell that I focus on. I like to meet people whose personality exceeds beyond the 12 pictures I can usually take with my 120 roll. I need to highlight what is most specific about them, what I find challenging, inspiring, or worth telling the world about.”
“Well, I’m not a fan of black and white film. I use it from time to time but I prefer to shoot in color. While looking through my pictures, I realized that I really like slide films because of the contrast and vibrant colors, so I guess those are some of the qualities that make a great roll to me. Films like Fuji’s Velvia50 or Kodak’s Ektachrome E100VS/G are my favorite films ever!”
“Taking the time, I often like to slow down and visualize the shot, moving around and trying to imagine what it’s like in photo form, trying hard not to be distracted by the viewfinder and the beauty of the moment.”
“I think it’s a combination of a lot of things… the weather, location, choice of film and lens but most of all it’s about making good use of the light.”