Ploughed

I went for a drive to find something to shoot the last few frames of a roll of Portra I had in the Yashica Mat. As I rounded a bend on a country lane, the sunlight on this ploughed field caught my eye.

FILM - Earth and sky

Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Portra 400.

Taken on 17 March 2019

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Out into the world

Another photo from the Canon Sure Shot Telemax, although this time I do recall taking the shot. A good job really, given that I only took it a few weeks ago.

I thought the composition was a good one when I made the photograph, but again I’m very pleased with the way the little compact has handled the scene. I’d used up the roll of film in my F80 when I took this, and would have missed the shot if I’d not had the Telemax in my pocket.

FILM - Out into the world

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 20 February 2019

Forgotten photographs

I like to carry a compact film camera with me wherever I go, and so tend to keep one in my coat pocket at all time. This does mean that the habit tends to fall off somewhat in the warmer months when I don’t have a handy pocket, but through late autumn to early spring I’ve usually got a camera on me.

The camera of choice for quite a while now has been a Canon Sure Shot Telemax point-and-shoot compact, a camera that has the distinction of being the only film camera that I’ve owned since new. It was a gift from my parents nearly thirty years ago and sat unused in a drawer for the best part of two decades until I got back into shooting film a couple of years ago and I decided to see if it still worked. Despite the battery cover being held shut with tape, it whirred into life with a new battery, so I gave it a go. To say I was pleased with the results would be an understatement – while the camera is far from sophisticated, it produces very nice photographs indeed, and it’s been a constant companion for spur of the moment photo opportunities ever since.

Because of the nature of having it in my pocket much of the time, it means it’s with me even on occasions where I go out to shoot with a different camera, and it also means that it can take a while to finish a roll of film, leading to me forgetting what shots I’ve taken with it and getting an extra bit of anticipatory pleasure when getting the roll processed.

Which leads me to todays post. I finally finished a roll of HP5+ that has been in the camera since last October, and got it processed on Friday and then scanned today. I only got 33 shots for some reason – I vaguely remember perhaps mis-loading the camera and so lost a few frames that way – but happily a great deal of them are keepers (to my own standards, if not anyone else’s, at least).

This shot was taken on a foggy day when I went out with my DSLR last year, and I completely forgot taking any shots with the Telemax, so this was a nice surprise. It’s almost the same composition as a shot I took digitally, except this was handheld, and that was on a tripod. Despite the added detail in the digital version, I might be erring towards preferring the film shot.

FILM - Into mystery

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 25 November 2018

A pastoral scene

Today I present two views of the same scent. One in portrait orientation, the other landscape. I’m not sure which I prefer – the portrait shot has better composition, I think, while the landscape orientation possibly has more atmosphere thanks to the birds in flight (and in the trees), but at the expense of the foreground fence being less well positioned. Anyway, here are both of them.

FILM - Pastoral mist (portrait)

FILM - Pastoral mist (landscape)

Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 135mm f/3.5 & Kodak Tmax 100.

Taken on 21 December 2017

Trees in the mist

The following photos were taken this morning. I’d planned on visiting the flea market at Chesterfield, but on the way there noticed the nice misty conditions and so got waylaid taking some photographs instead. I decided to convert these to B&W and add some gradient filters and vignettes as I felt it suited the compositions. It’s brought out the grain a lot, but I think that works too.

FILM - Sentinel

FILM - On December days

FILM - Across the field

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

Taken on 21 December 2017