Have been experimenting a bit with Fomapan 400, using different developers and filters.
Olympus OM40, 24mm Zuiko lens, and Red filter, developed in Fomadon LQR. I almost always had a Red filter permanently attached to my lenses in the past as I had a liking for contrasty Black & White images. I put this down to having worked in the Printing industry all my working life, and litho printed images by the nature of the process were quite contrasty. The Red filter in this image has darkened the sky and foliage and given some detail to the stonework on the bridge.
Olympus OM40, 28mm Zuiko lens, and Green filter, developed in Fomadon LQR.The Green filter lightens the leaves and foliage, it can look quite dream like with certain subjects.
I’m quite impressed with the Fomadon LQR developer and Fomapan 400 film, Kodak D76 developer does a great job too. For me one of the enjoyable parts of film photography is experimenting with different films and developers. Yellow and Orange filters next time, and it’s a good excuse to visit Abbey Park again.
The cats were out in the garden this morning practising their stalking skills on each other. Of course as soon as I went out with a camera they stopped and followed me around, I’m sure it was just in case I might have had some cat treats with me.
Mimi (Fleurs Daughter)
They were both full of energy this morning, and brought a smile to my face with their playfulness.
The weather has been a bit unsettled over the last few days, but at least we haven’t had any of the severe storms like some other parts of the UK, Yet. The garden is very green at the moment, and lots of the plants are late in flowering. It was windy today making it a bit difficult to photograph the flowers that were out.
Arranged to meet the PhotoBuddies on Friday for a walk around the town, but the weather was awful so we ended up coffee drinking and going to the Peace Cafe for some homemade soup and ciabatta, it was very good.
Earlier in the week I finished off a roll of expired Fuji Reala 100 that I had run through my Pentax MX. I was impatient to know if the camera was working OK so had the film processed by the local High Street quick photo store. What a difference compared to a professional lab, lots of scratches and an overall green tint that took a bit of tweaking in Lightroom to tame. Fuji Reala seems to have a natural bias towards Green and is quite soft and muted.
Hope to be using this over the next few weeks.
Even using digital ICE on the scanner couldn’t eliminate the scratches.
In The Garden
I will try and curb my impatience and send all future rolls of colour film to the professional lab.
The weather took a turn for the better yesterday so I took a quick walk to town, cat treats and me treats were needed. Spring is definitely in the air, although today it’s windy and dull. 70 deg F promised for tomorrow, we’ll see. I managed to grab a few photo’s on my walk.
My Front Garden
I wish the rest of it looked like this.
Spotted on the Park, I liked the colour contrast.
These Cheered Me Up.
Two Black & White Images From The City
The advantage of the weather being cooler today is that my cat Fleur is curled up on my lap while I’m writing this, she’s lovely and warm and purring gently, bliss.
The weather has been so dull and dreary over the last few weeks, only 2 or 3 bright days. Spring is trying it’s best to come through, my lilac trees have lots of fresh green leaves waiting to open, warmer weather is forecast for next week.
I needed to go into the city yesterday to top up with cat treats and a few essentials for me. It was dull and drizzling on the walk in but I managed to get a few images with the Sigma.
Blossoms and a bit of Green
Mannequins (Parts Of )
I managed to shoot some film on the (few) bright days, I’ll post a few images over the weekend.
They say things happen in three’s, first my Sigma Camera’s shutter failed, then the hinge broke on the fridge door, and finally my TV refused to switch on. Sent the Sigma camera off for repair, it had to go back to Japan, arrived back last week. Called a TV repair man to come and have a look at the set, he said the software had corrupted, 15 minutes later it was restored and working as it should. The only thing I have to do now is get another fridge freezer, the choice is bewildering.
It was a lovely day yesterday (Monday) so I thought I’d take a walk and visit the arboretum again and check that the Sigma is working as it should, glad I went as the weather forecast for the next seven days is pretty awful.
Mind How You Go.
This warning marker is (was) on a twisty part of road, a few feet away there were bits of a cars front grill and headlamps.
St Denys Church
The church dates back to the 1200’s.
The Sigma seems to be OK, looking forward to more photo outings with it.
The views from the top of the Sgùrr are breathtaking, it’s worth the climb. In the distance is the island of Rum, it’s a nature reserve and quite wild. I could imagine from it’s shape the time 60 million years ago when it was an active volcano.
Looking Towards Laig Bay
The beach on Laig Bay is also known as Singing Sands, when you walk on the beach you hear a high pitched noise, something to do with the quartz in the sand.
There are lots of rock pools to explore and because it is on the gulf stream you can find coconut seeds and other exotic things. When I was there a Portuguese man O war jelly fish had been washed up.
Ever Changing Light
Cottage – Cleadale
There are some lovely cottages and crofts on the island, quite a few are holiday lets.