Overarching power

This pylon had a dominant, imposing look about it stood on the ridge overlooking the road and valley, and I think the curve of the foreground road adds to the shot.

FILM - Over and under

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta & Kodak Tri-X (expired 2013).

Taken on 25 January 2018

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Snowy path

While this path looks lovely and rural, it actually runs through an industrial estate and has large industrial units on either side. Amazing what a bit of snow can do…

FILM - Snow path

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Agfa Vista Plus 200 (converted to B&W in Lightroom).

Taken on 21 January 2018

Softer than it looks

This field looks hard and frost-bitten. It wasn’t – there were times when my feet literally sank completely in the thick wet mud of the footpath that runs along the bottom edge (and where all the meltwater was draining).

FILM - In the wintertime

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta & Kodak Tri-X (expired 2013).

Taken on 17 January 2018

Feeling dejected

The week before last, the app on my phone had promised sunny conditions. So, looking forwards to some nice, low winter sunshine, I made plans to go out with my camera at the weekend.

Unfortunately, when the Saturday came, the skies outside showed nary a sign of the sun. I was feeling pretty dejected, and considered just staying home and reading, but in the end decided to go out anyway – the app was now showing “light cloud”, so I decided on a trip to Linacre reservoirs, a location not too far away and which I’d not visited before. If nothing else, the walk would be nice, and I could use the visit to recce shots for better conditions.

When I arrived, the “light cloud” had turned to sleet, which further dampened my spirits, and I sat in the car for five minutes considering whether or not to pay for parking, or to just go home. While I did this, I took the following picture from the car window as I liked the look of the chunky tyre in the mud.

In the end, I paid to park and had a very enjoyable walk, and managed to get several nice photos despite the dull and damp weather.

I think the key sometimes (probably ALL times) is to just enjoy things for what they are, and not to get hung up when they’re not the conditions you hoped for.

FILM - All-terrain grip

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 20 January 2018

Still water

This is one of those shots that turns out much better than you expected. I took a few shots of the reservoir and reflected trees, but the ones I thought would look best featured some ducks in the middle of the still water. I didn’t really think much about this one until the negatives came back, and it was the best of the bunch.

FILM - At the reservoir

Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 135mm f/3.5 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 21 December 2017