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Painting a picture in front of the National Gallery

An artist begins work on their picture while stood just in front of the National Gallery in London (which is offf to the right in this viewpoint).

I went out today and shot the remaining frames on a roll of HP5+ that has been in my Olympus Trip 35 for a while. I’m not sure if this was a good idea given I have a cold at the moment (although the general concensus is that light to moderate exercise can be beneficial as long as it isn’t a chest infection – which I don’t think mine is. At this stage at least). Whatever the case, I shot the ten-or-so remaining images and can now get the roll developed sometime this week. I’m getting close to running out of fresh images for the blog and, even though I have loads of unpublished stuff from older rolls I can use, I always feel the compulsion to keep the fresh stuff coming. Hopefully this 36exposure roll will keep the lights on for a while. 🙂

At the foot of the National Gallery

Olympus OM-1N, G-Zuiko Auto-W 35mm f/2.8 & Ilford HP5+ (@1600asa). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 12mins @ 20°

Taken on 29 November 2022.


2 thoughts on “Painting a picture in front of the National Gallery

  1. It’s always nice to see people engaged in traditional arts, be it painting, sketching, pastels, or any other. It’s even nicer to see them doing these things outdoors. This roll of HP5 turned out extremely well. You can’t hardly tell it was pushed two stops as there is still ample shadow detail. Get to feeling better.

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    1. Thanks P. I really like the look of HP5+ when pushed (and developed with DD-X). I’d rather shoot it at 1600 or even 3200asa than use something like Tmax P3200 or Delta 3200, although the longer developing times become a bit of a PITA.

      My cold seems to be getting worse at present, although I hope it’ll start to improve soon.


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