Test roll

Yesterday whilst I was out and about I managed to pick up a 1980 Olympus Trip compact film camera. It was really cheap and in beautiful condition. I didn’t know if it was going to work properly, but things were looking promising. So, today, I popped into Poundland picked up a roll of Agfa Vista 200 (several rolls actually…). Then I walked over to Salisbury Photo Centre (all of 5 minutes away). On the way, I just pointed the camera at anything to take some shots. My main aim was (a) to see if the camera exposes OK, (b) that it focuses as required and (c) there are no light leaks. In the space of five minutes I had taken the required 24 shots. I handed the film in, then picked it up a couple of hours later.  All the images came out fine. Here are a few images from that short walk with the camera. Even during that five minute walk it was a fun little camera to use. Definitely one to keep in the bag for snapshots!

 

Early mornings

Over the last weekend I have made an effort to get up early and do some landscape work (believe me, it is an effort!). I haven’t done this kind of stuff for years. I feel that I need to do some more work on the Landlines project (all of my projects are generally long-term, as I like to move things around depending on my mood. I currently have four projects on the go: Salisbury Nights, Landlines, Remembrance and Swanage. I quite like having multiple bodies of work on the go at the same time. I am also due to start another project for a local charity this month, which will probably be a lot ‘tighter’ in focus than the work above.

Anyway, back to the early mornings. It was really nice to get up early and shoot in a slow, methodical way using a tripod. The early morning light was lovely. I particularly liked the pre-dawn light (see the shot below). This was my favourite light, as it looked great but also allowed a lot of detail to be revealed in the landscape. I would love to get more shots like this. A dominant feature of the landlines project is about shooting in flat light to increase tonality in the shots. As soon as the sun was up, the landscape would become too contrasty for my project.

I am going to keep shooting early in the mornings (probably at the weekends, due to work commitments) and see how the project continues to shape up over time.

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