My last blog was in June, almost six months ago. We have been away most of that time on our narrowboat (see here if you are interested http://thehodmadod.blogspot.co.uk/ )travelling up to Llangollen in Wales amongst other places and whilst I took my film cameras with me I didn’t this year take my developing kit or scanner, mainly due to the fact that on the last trip from home to the boat the car was so loaded there really wasn’t any room unless we jettisoned something else and my other half decided that the developing tank, chemicals etc did not rate as highly as the dogs! Actually I think I agree with her and also it has been quite nice to return home with the excitement of developing the films I shot and seeing the results well after the taking. I guess that’s one of the joys of film really over digital where everything is so immediate.
Since I set up this blog to talk about my film photography I felt I didn’t really have too much to say so didn’t post anything whilst away but hopefully I’ll make up for it over the winter.
Given that we were away for some 20 weeks in total I was surprised to find that I had only shot 3 B & W and 2 colour medium format films (75 images) and one 35mm roll of 36. This compares with the digital camera I took taking probably about 1000 “snapshots” Hopefully the film results will be more “fine art photographs!”
There still remain film unfinished in the camera but I’ve now developed the complete films and will post a few of those photographs. I have to say that using film again has increased the “satisfaction” I feel at taking a photograph. Whether the result is any better or different from that which I would have taken with a digital I don’t know. but the slowing down, visualising the final image before pressing the shutter, deciding on the settings for the camera, whether to use a filter or not etc and then the satisfaction of developing when at home all add to my overall feeling of a job well done, rather than just letting the camera do the work and immediately downloading the result to the PC.
I had one scare after I had developed the films when scanning them in. The images were all showing a line right through the whole negative. These were on the medium format negatives I had shot with the Bronica and it was strange as they were on both the B & W and colour which are in separate backs so I couldn’t quite work out what had caused the mark. However a quick query on Film and darkroom users forum (a really helpful and friendly forum – do take a look at http://www.film-and-darkroom-user.org.uk/forum/fadu_front_page.php )the answer was that the problem was with the scanner and that I now seem to have resolved.
Here’s a few examples. The B & W film is HP5 shot at 400ISO and the first two colour photos are Fuji Superia 400ISO and the one of two trees Kodak Ektar 100ISO All shot on my Bronica Etrsi